Created & Directed by: Samar Haddad King
Assistant Director: Stephanie Sutherland
Dramaturg/Performer: Enrico Dau Yang Wey
Scenic Designer: Amir Nizar Zuabi

Costume/Prop Design by: Nancy Mkaabal
Rehearsal Director: Zoe Rabinowitz
Lighting Designer: Muaz Jubeh
Premiere Cast: Sebastian Charles, Zoe Rabinowitz, Arzu Salman, Mohammed Smahneh, Yukari Osaka, Samaa Wakim, Enrico Dau Yang Wey


Cast: 7
Local Performers: 6-10
Touring Company: 10
Duration of work: 80 minutes (no intermission)
*available upon request

World premiere will be at The Shed in New York City, June 20-22, 2024.

One day creative process workshop 
with local artists + showing
Multi-day creative process workshop
with local artists + performance
Gathering events with local theater staff + community

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Gathering is an invitation, it’s a party, a protest, a celebration of harvest, the championship game. Gathering is a night of storytelling and play that is part staged work, part interactive experience in collaboration with local artists and audiences. Produced and performed by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (Palestine/NYC) and directed/choreographed by Samar Haddad King to Max Richter’s Vivaldi: The Four Seasons with text and additional original music by King, each Gathering is a singular event that calls you to join as participant or witness in the collective action.

We believe in the power of building trust through mutual connections, and aim to connect with local artists and their community in every town/city we visit. That’s why, during our Gathering tours, we collaborate with 7-10 local artists for the creation of a unique iteration of Gathering. Each show becomes a singular experience, shaped by these artists and the venue’s essence. Our goal is to break traditional performance boundaries and unite diverse groups through creative encounters. By involving local artists, we hope to deepen our ties with the community, and allow the audience to see familiar faces in the cast. This collaboration between YSDT professionals and local talent cultivates spaces of empathy and curiosity which are the foundation of our gatherings.

Supported by: Brooklyn Arts Council, CUNY Dance Initiative, Howard Gilman Foundation, MAP Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.Gathering: New York City is commissioned by The Shed (2023-24 Open Call Series) and created with the support of a 2022-23 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and a 2023 Residency at Dance Place in Washington D.C.The third edition of Open Call is organized by Tamara McCaw, Senior Advisor and former Chief Civic Program Officer; Darren Biggart, Director of Civic Programs; Dejá Belardo, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts and Civic Programs; and Daisy Peele, Associate Producer.
The program was conceived by The Shed’s Artistic Director Alex Poots; Tamara McCaw, Senior Advisor and former Chief Civic Program Officer; Emma Enderby, former Chief Curator; and Senior Program Advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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