Nejla Yatkin & Enki Andrews

Dancing Around the Word


Claudia Cassidy Theater

The filmmaking couple traveled to 20 countries exploring the stories of the world’s citizens through their movement and interviews.  

Production Credits

Director: Enki Andrews and Nejla Yatkin

Production Company: NY2Dance and Syncord


About the Piece


Awards and Festivals:

Silver Palm Award Mexico International Film Festival, Red International Film Festival in Norway, Elevate Festival Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center, Museum Of Art Bologna as part of the Festival Internacional de Danza Urbana. Also during International Day of Dance the film was screened at the Goethe Institute in Hyderabad, Nairobi, Antananarivo, In the Catholic University in Bogota, In the American Peruvian Cultural Center in Lima, at the Museum Of Art In Kochi,



From April 2015 through April 2016, videographer Enki Andrews and Nejla Yatkin traveled with "Dancing Around The World" (DAW) project to take dance to people. Throughout the journey, choreographer Nejla Yatkin taught local dancers a movement process to create site-specific performances within a public space of a city.


“DAW” documents our tour through Colombia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Finland, Germany, Turkey, Italy, France, Tunis, Kenya, Madagascar, India, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia.


The film includes interviews poetically interwoven with studio practices, responses of participants, dance rehearsals, public performances, and other footage capturing the unique environments and cityscapes of 20 countries

Directors' Biographies:

Nejla Yatkin

Award-winning and critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer, Nejla Yatkin, is a recent Drama Desk Award Nominee and 3Arts Awardee. Nejla hails from Germany, bringing a luminous, transcultural perspective to her creations. Her focus is regularly drawn to the role that memory and history serve in constructing identity, causing and resolving conflict, and transforming cultural tensions into deep, authentic revelations of human connection.


A recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Nejla was subsequently awarded a 2009 Special Project grant as well a 2015 Princess Grace Works in Process Award as Artist-in-Residence at the Baryshnikov Art Center. For more www.ny2dance.com


Enki Andrews:

Enki is a Chicago-based multimedia, interactive artist experimenting with physical phenomena to discover how humanity views itself in light of our finite human perceptions and how expanding those reflections enhances our self-awareness. Initially inspired by “technology” artists such as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Chuck Close, and United Visual Artists, Enki began working as a photographer in 2000. His arts pieces have been exhibited at New York Figment, Nuit Blanche New York and at Monitor Digital Festival. His photography has appeared in the Huffington Post and the Washington City Paper. The film, Dancing Around the World, created with collaborator Nejla Yatkin, was awarded the 2018 Silver Palm Award for Documentary Short Film by the Mexico International Film Festival. For more syncord.com