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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.

Omar Rajeh

Choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre. His work, intense and powerful, has made an essential and significant contribution to the establishment of a contemporary dance scene in Lebanon. He established his company in Beirut in 2002 and since then he has toured throughout the Arab World and Europe, in addition to Canada and Korea. His artistic work deals with social and political issues inspired by the everyday life of the city of Beirut where he lives. It is very significant in his work that he is continuously questioning the individual presence and the physicality of ‘the body’ within a socio-political and human context.

Maqamat/Omar Rajeh founded BIPOD, one of the most important platforms for contemporary dance in the Arab World. Through Maqamat he also initiated many projects that similarly prompted the company to play a major role in the establishment and development of a contemporary dance scene in Beirut and the region. 

Rajeh is also the co-founder of Masahat Dance Network, a regional dance network in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, & Palestine, founder of Leymoun – Arab Dance Platform and of Takween – intensive training project for Lebanese and Arab young dancers in partnership with Sasha Waltz and Guests. Omar Rajeh has started a significant and important project tilted ‘Maqamat Beit El Raqs’, a dance space for training, dance presentations and residencies situated in the Chouf Mountains of Lebanon and outside the Capital.


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1st Floor, Habis Bldg.
Indepandance Street, Achrafieh
Beirut, Lebanon
T.  +961  1  21 80 40 
M. +961 71 61 66 24 (Beirut)
M. +961 76 45 49 18 (Chouf)

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Maqamat/Artistic Director 
Omar Rajeh 

Maqamat/ Executive Director
Mia Habis

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Maqamat Beit El Raqs is a leading dance house in the Arab World. We aim to provide transformative experiences through dance and to expand the public's enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of dance. We present, produce, commission and tour the best of dance in all its forms to audiences of over 7000 each year in Lebanon, the region and around the world. As a Lebanese registered charity, we rely on the support of individuals, trusts and foundations and businesses to carry out our artistic mission and to support our capital projects and refurbishments. 

You will find an overview of what we do on our website: www.maqamat.org

Support Maqamat Beit El Raqs  today and help us to:

- present the best dance artists and companies from around the world
- support our Associate Artists and Resident Companies and develop emerging artists
- enable the creation of new work by investing in commissioning and producing
- deliver innovative creative learning projects
- reach as wide an audience as possible and encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy dance
- maintain historic theatres in Lebanon to provide the very best experience for our audiences and artists
- create and fund a new mid-scale dance venue in the Chouf to compliment and expand our offer at our existing stages

 Maqamat Beit El Raqs is fortunate to have a community of individual supporters whose donations support our work both on stage and off. Their generosity enables us to produce and present more of the dance they love.

If you are interested supporting Maqamat Beit El Raqs there are lots of ways to get involved and enjoy more of everything Maqamat Beit El Raqs has to offer. You can join as a Friend, Member or Patron, Donor or Major Donor or In Kind Supporter.

In return you will enjoy a closer connection to Maqamat Beit El Raqs and exclusive benefits including ticket discounts, a dedicated booking service, access to rehearsals and special events throughout the year.