Workshops and discussions/Dance Moving Across Contested Space

Moving Across Contested Space Foto: Antoine Repesse©

Di, 22.03.2016 -
So, 03.04.2016

Haifa, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh

An encounter around dance, movement and the body

The workshop and exchange project is anchored in a profound interest in contemporary dance and traditional as well as everyday movement cultures in Palestine and abroad. In between March 22 – April 3, The Goethe-Institut, choreographer and director Samar Haddad King, and dramaturge and researcher in dance Sandra Noeth invite artists, students and teachers in dance, dance collectives and individuals, cultural operators, as well as an interested audience into a series of encounters, which will take place in different places.The formats of the meetings will vary from informal discussions to more workshopbased gatherings integrating also concrete artistic works, processes and contexts of the participants.

Next to introducing and investigating specific movement and dramaturgical practices, feedback techniques and historical and contemporary artistic and discursive works, the idea is to address topics and questions related to the reality of working with and in dance in Palestine and beyond.

Schedule of open workshops
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Tuesday 22.03.2016
Al-Amal School - Nazareth
College Universities and workshops for dance festivals

Friday 25.03.2016
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center Garden*-Ramallah
Artist meeting #1
*In case of rain, location will be moved to an inside location at Garage cafe down the street from Khalil Sakakini.

Saturday 26.03.2016
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center Garden-Ramallah
Artist meeting #2

Tuesday 29.03.2016
Sareyyet Ramallah - Ramallah
Artist Meeting with focus on Dabkeh teachers

Wednesday 30.03.2016
Diyar Academy for Children and Youth-Bethlehem
Artist Meeting #3

Friday 01.04.2016
Goethe-Institut Neighbour's Garden-Ramallah
Artist Meeting #4

Saturday 02.04.2016
Orient Dance Theatre-Al-Bireh
Young Student Teacher workshop

Saturday 02.04.2016
Sareyyet Ramallah - Ramallah
Movement/ Dramaturgy workshop


Samar Haddad King: Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, graduated cumlaude with honors in choreography from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. In 2005, Samar formed Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), a nonprofit dance theater company based between NYC and Palestine. Her work has been commissioned in the US by the Ailey School, Configuration Dance, Hubbard Street 2where she was the recipient of the National Choreography Competitionamong others, and has been performed at various venues such as NYC’s Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, Citigroup Theatre, Chicago’s Harris Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Abroad her work has been featured most notably in Zakharef in Motion (Jordan); Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Palestine); /si:n/ festival in (Palestine); Qalandia International (Palestine), PalestIN&OUT (France), and Seoul International Dance Festival (Korea). She was recently awarded the Young Palestinian Talent Award by the French Cultural Institute in Paris in 2015. She is currently codirecting with Jorge Crecis min tala, a panArab dance company comprised of dancers from the Arab World.

Sandra Noeth: Curator, dramaturge, researcher and writer. Since 2015, she is a Fellow of the Research Group L oose Couplings at the University of Hamburg. From 20092014, she was Head of Dramaturgy and Research at Tanzquartier Wien, where she developed a series of projects on concepts and practices of responsibility, protest, religion and integrity in relation to the body.
Sandra is internationally active as an educator, with a focus on the ethics and politics of the body and dramaturgy in choreography and performing arts. She is a Senior Lecturer at DOCHStockholm University of the Arts and a Resident Professor in the HWP program 2015/16 at ashkal alwan. Her current research project examines the role, status, and agency of the body in material and immaterial bordering processes. Recent publications in English: A New War on Borders. Artistic Movements in Contested Space, in: Brandstetter, G./Hartung, H. (eds.), Moving (across) Borders, 2016; D ramaturgy in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, in: Romanska, M. (ed.), in: The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, 2014; E merging Bodies. On the Performance of Worldmaking
(2011, coed.with G. Klein), publication series S CORES (201014, coed.with Tanzquartier Wien). Sandra is an Associate Researcher to Dance Congress 2016.