Yaa Samar! Dance Theater: Gathering Workshop — Creative Tools for Collective Movement

Date and Time: Saturday, June 1, 2024, 2pm-5pm

Where: Recess 46 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Please complete this form to register your attendance and participation in this workshop. You will receive an email with detailed instructions a few days before the event.

Join Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT) Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and lead performer Samaa Wakim for a workshop and gathering exploring Palestinian culture, history, and resilience through the lens of movement and contemporary performance. Rooted in the narrative, multidisciplinary work of YSDT – which believes art should be liberating, transformative and accessible to al l– this discussion and movement-based workshop will explore tools for collective liberation such as: multigenerational community building, reclaiming public space/spatial justice through creative projects, and imagination as an instrument for freedom. 

Featuring examples from the artists’ personal work and documentation of original YSDT projects, the workshop will include conversation, a guided warm-up, improvisation, and play, culminating in traditional Palestinian dance and chant (dabke), which celebrates both culture and resistance. This workshop is open to movers of all levels and abilities. The gathering will end with reflections and discussion over Palestinian sweets and tea. 

This workshop is part of a larger project by Interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia. The Meeting Place is a site for transformative gatherings by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) women (cis and transgender), who wish to engage in embodied and somatic practices as a way of activating epigenetics in order to release lived or inherited trauma of systemic oppression stored in the body. The project is designed to provide a supportive structure to an open-ended question: what does rest, love, care, and liberation look like for BIPOC women in the 21st century? The project takes as inspiration the many meetings that women have historically organized throughout the global diaspora to strengthen each other in community, including the rituals of celebration, family gatherings, places of worship, protest, political organizing, and care work. Metaferia has invited several BIPOC women led organizations to facilitate workshops as part of this project.

OPTIONAL: All participants who identify as BIPOC femme/women have the option to sit for a photographed portrait which will be used for Helina Metaferia’s signature collages at the conclusion of the workshop. 

The workshop is for adults 18 years and older, though minors 12 years and older can attend if accompanied by a parent or with a parental waiver form. 

Deadline for registration is 5pm on Friday, May 31, 2024. Registration is required, space is limited.

To learn more about the artist, visit: www.helinametaferia.com

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