About Samar Haddad King

New York, NY

Samar Haddad King (CBA ’20), Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), graduated cum laude in choreography from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. With YSDT, King has created over 30 original works which have been performed in 10 counties across 4 continents. Awards and commissions include: Hubbard Street 2 – National Choreography Competition; Palest’In & OUT Festival (Paris, France) – Prix des Jeunes Créateurs Palestiniens pour la Diversité des Expressions Artistiques award; and the Palestinian Museum (Palestine) among others, and was recently awarded La Fabrique Chaillot residency at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris, France) for the development of a new work. King frequently collaborates on theatrical and musical theater productions, including the upcoming production of We Live in Cairo (American Repertory Theater, Boston, Massachusetts). She frequently 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).

War, Peace, Technology, and Collective Transformation

As a CBA Resident Fellow, Haddad King will research and develop a methodology for the creation of a new multi-media, evening-length ensemble work drawing inspiration from Tolstoy’s War and Peace––juxtaposing this classical work in the modern/digital era. Because of the significant evolution of technology from the 19th to the 20th century, the rules and manners of war have evolved––war has become a part of our everyday news, thoughts, and screens. With the playing fields no longer clear and the enemy/civilian distinction blurred, Haddad King will examine how this evolution has infiltrated social fabric and genetic memory, using the corps de ballet as a reflection of these effects on the masses and collective transformation.


Samar Haddad King.

Samar Haddad King. Photo by Isabel Asha Penzlien.

Samar Haddad King.