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Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is committed to collaborating with artists across disciplines, cultural geographies, and physical borders in order to forge stimulating and transformative experiences through dance. Inspired by world events as well as personal histories, YSDT offers an intimate glimpse into the countless faces of humanity using their athletic, off-balance and highly emotive choreography style. Told through linear, tangential and stream-of-consciousness narratives, these multi-vocal works layer the textures of dynamic movement and eclectic sound scores into poetic landscapes that illuminate the before untold stories of individuals and communities around the world. YSDT was founded in 2005 and is a not for profit organization based in New York City.


YSDT has performed throughout New York City in the Downtown Dance Festival, Whitewave Festival, Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Little Theatre and Mainstage Theatre, Queens Museum of Art, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center; in Becket, MA at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival; Columbus, OH at Fisher Theatre and BalletMet Performance Space; abroad in Amman, Jordan at King Hussein Cultural Center; Zarqa, Jordan at King Abdullah Cultural Center; Irbid, Jordan at Yarmouk University; East Jerusalem at al-Hakawati Palestinian National Theatre; Ramallah, Palestine at Al-Kasaba Theatre; and Bethlehem, Palestine at The Peace Center. YSDT has been awarded space residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens Museum of Art, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center; and grants awarded by the US State Department, New York Foundation for the Arts, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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