Dance Performance: Yaa Samar! Dance Theater presents BOUND (Oct 21 and 22)

Fri, October 21, 2011 7:30 pm at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Theater

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Tickets: $15 Advance (buy now) / $20 at the door / $10 Students

** $10 for Alwan for the Arts members (details about accessing the discount forthcoming) **

Alwan is proud to support New York City-based Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre in their premiere of Bound, an evening length dance theater performance commissioned by the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center from October 21-22, at 7:30pm. Bound explores the adaptability of the human spirit through the stories of nine individuals living under occupation.

Integrating Skype into her creative process after her temporary relocation to Ramallah, choreographer Samar Haddad King found new ways to connect with her dancers in New York. “It began as a necessity but developed into an inspiration for the piece.” King says. “Experiencing the current situation in the Middle East while continuing my work with dance in New York through Skype, I began noticing that there are barriers everywhere. Hopefully audiences will identify with the work and find new ways to navigate through their own boundaries and feelings of occupation.”

For the duration of the performance, a fearless ensemble of dancers - featuring guest artist Nathan Trice - will scale buildings, brave ledges and paint walls in an effort to retain a sense of normalcy in an environment of chaos and impending ruin. The original score by Palestinian composer/musician boikutt incorporates natural and industrial noises with elements of hip-hop, experimental and ambient music to create a driving and rhythmic urban soundscape for this multimedia production that features video and text alongside live dancing.

Since 2005, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre has been creating and performing the untold stories of individuals and communities around the world. Inspired by world events as well as personal histories, the company offers an intimate glimpse into the countless faces of humanity using their athletic, off-balance and highly emotive choreography style. For more information visit their website at

Boikutt - Musician/Composer. Boikutt is a music composer, sound artist, and MC based in Ramallah, Palestine. Creating sounds using sampled material, field recordings, and electronic devices, the results range between hip-hop, downtempo, glitch, ambient and experimental. He has composed and produced music for artists such as Kronos Quartet, Bukue One, Spiritchild, Tamer Abu-Ghazaleh and others, and has appeared as an MC on albums for artists such as Heliodrome, Slovo, Bonnot, and Lethal Skillz among others. Co-founder of the Ramallah Underground Collective and audio-visual group Tashweesh, Boikutt has performed throughout the Middle East and Europe. Composition credits in collaboration include: 'Not by Note', exhibited as a sound installation in Graz, Austria (October 7th 2010), “The Stolen Child” for Nial O’Suilleabhain’s One Eye Film (2009); “Double Exposure” by Ruanne Abou-Rahme, which won Best Foreign Film at the Terra Di Tutti Film Festival, Bologna, Italy (2008); and “Chronicles of a Refugee” for a 6-part documentary by Adam Shapiro (2008).

Last updated: 2011-10-09 20:37:39

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