• Dance
  • #minaret|Omar Rajeh | Maqamat - Bipod 2019
#minaret|Omar Rajeh | Maqamat  - Bipod 2019
  • Citerne Beirut
  • Apr 04 - Apr 05

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Omar Rajeh | Maqamat              

Performance in Beirut is supported by the Goethe Institute in Beirut.


Thursday 4th of April

Friday 5th of April


8:30 pm | Citerne Beirut


Duration: 60 minutes


About The Company


Omar Rajeh, a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer, is a leading figure of the contemporary dance in the Arab world. Cut from the fabric of Lebanese culture, Rajeh has spent over 17 years weaving, exploring and refining his choreographic language by questioning the notion and zeitgeist regarding the body. His works expose a rawness and intuitive dramaturgy surrounding the idea of body-plurality, asking of both the performer and audience to question and break the perception of oneness and singularity.  We are not just one body, we are many and all.

Based in Beirut, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat has performed over 19 choreographic works in major European, regional and international theatres and festivals. Seeking an extraordinary physical presence through vigorous movements with strong socio-political connections, Rajeh’s choreographies leave a powerful imprint on the audience, while subsequently shifting and contributing to the contemporary dance scene in Lebanon.

In addition to founding the Beirut International Platform of Dance - BIPOD - Rajeh is a co-founder of Masahat Dance Network which is a regional contemporary dance network across Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. This ambitious regional connection was further extended into the MOULTAQA LEYMOUN platform, which Rajeh founded to provide the space and opportunity for young and established Arab artists to showcase and develop their works.


About The Performance


“For nearly 1,000 years the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo soared above Syria's largest city. It now lies in ruins. The once existing 'monument' represented the city's soul. A monumental portrayal of the cultural, the social, the historical and the religious, it stood witness to countless generations of gatherings. With an eclectic range of artists, #minaret proposes a core question of our everyday life. How do we position ourselves, resist ‘numbing’, and face the images of destruction and confiscation of entire cities and the daily violation of human intimacy and privacy?”

After it’s world premiere at the 2018 Romaeuropa Festival, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat is thrilled to present #minaret for the opening of it’s new performance space, Citerne Beirut. Later on this year, #minaret will have its international tour starting this summer at the Athens Festival, Julidans, Boulevard Festival, the Moscow Dance Inversion International Contemporary Festival, followed by SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Utrecht.


على مدى قرابة ألف سنة، ارتفعت مئذنة الجامع الأموي الكبير في حلب فوق أكبر مدينة في سوريا. في نيسان ٢٠١٣ دمّرت بالكامل.

هذا المعلم الثمين كان إنعكاس لروح المدينة. وكأنه نصبٌ تذكاري للمدينة ببعدها التاريخي والحضاري وقيمتها الاجتماعية والدينية والثقافيه. مثّلت روح المدينة كمعلماً وشاهداً للزمن على حلب وجموعها وناسها.

مع مجموعة مميزه من الفنانين، يطرح عرض #ميدنه أو #minaret سؤالاً أساسياً في حياتنا اليومية ويسائل عدم قدرتنا على المبادرة. كيف نتموضع ونقاوم "الخدر" والإنكفاء، ونواجه صور الدمار ومصادرة مدن بأكملها والانتهاك اليومي لحميمية الإنسان وخصوصياته؟


Concept & Choreography Omar Rajeh

Music Composition Mahmoud Turkmani  & Pablo Palacio

Performed by Antonia Kruschel, Charlie Prince, Mia Habis, Moonsuk Choi, Omar Rajeh, Yamila Khodr

Live Music by Joss Turnbull (percussion), Mahmoud Turkmani (oud), Pablo Palacio (interactive sonifcation), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud)

Real Time Movement Analysis Technology Instituto Stocos

Voice Naim Asmar

Lighting Guy Hoare

Video artist Ygor Gama / Dafne Narvaez Berlfein

Drone operator Hadi Bou Ayash

Costumes Mia Habis

Technical director Christian Francois

Sound engineer Philippe Balzé / Jean -Christophe Batut

Stage manager Salim Abou Ayash / Samah Tarabay

Tour Manager Jadd Tank

A production of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat

Co-produced by Romaeuropa Festival, BIPOD, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden with the support of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Charleroi danse-centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tanzmesse nrw and apap – advancing performing arts project

Dance floor kindly supplied by Harlequin Flooring


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