Maqamat is a Lebanese contemporary dance company that was founded by Omar Rajeh in Beirut in 2002. In a short period of time, the company has been able to emerge as a central organization in the creation and development of contemporary dance in Lebanon and the Arab region. It is considered today as “the founder of a Lebanese Contemporary Dance Scene.”
Since 2002 the company has been touring locally and internationally. It has also supported, produced, and presented works for local emerging artists. In addition to the creative work, MAQAMAT, together with a network of international and regional partners, focuses on building an infrastructure for Contemporary Dance in Beirut. One of the most important achievements of the company was the creation of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance. Bipod celebrates its 10th anniversary in April 2014.
Maqamat Dance Theatre aims at establishing a platform for innovation, experimentation, and continuous development of contemporary dance culture, in Lebanon and the Region. Through introducing new ideas and concepts of dance and ‘the body’, the company anticipates a new phase of artistic and social productivity, creativity, modernization, and free expression.
choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre, he is the founder & artistic director of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance. Rajeh is also considered to be the founder of a contemporary dance scene in Beirut. Through his artistic work he has made an essential and significant contribution to its establishment, sustainability, and progress.
Seeking an extraordinary physical and powerfully moving dance performances, in his choreographies he deals with everyday questions, concerns, and perceptions in a fascinating and captivating way. Continuously questioning our individual presence and the physicality of ‘the body’ within a socio-political context, his work, intense and powerful, pushes the boundaries of dance in Beirut and communicates mixed feelings of sarcasm, sorrow, and ‘change’, as one spectator once said.
Rajeh is also co-founder of Masahat Dance Network, a regional contemporary dance network across Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan