Samar Haddad King

A.R.T.: We Live in Cairo. Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT). With YSDT, King has created over 30 original works which have been performed in ten countries across four continents. Awards/Commissions: Hubbard Street 2, National Choreography Competition; Palest’In & OUT Festival in Paris, France (Prix des Jeunes Créateurs Palestiniens pour la Diversité des Expressions Artistiques award); Palestinian Museum (Palestine). In 2018 King was awarded La Fabrique Chaillot residency at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris, France). She regularly lectures on her work at institutions including TanzKongress (Hanover, Germany), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia), and Columbia University Center for Palestine Studies (New York, New York), and co-authored a chapter on dance in the Arab World with Sandra Noeth for the 2nd edition of Contemporary Choreography (Routledge, January 2018). She is 2019/20 resident fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Education/Training: BFA, Choreography, Ailey/Fordham. Graduated cum laude under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi.