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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.


Vision


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

Omar Rajeh, choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre, is considered to be the founder of the contemporary dance scene in Lebanon. After his Theatre Arts studies at the Lebanese University and dance studies at the University of Surrey, England, he founded his dance company Maqamat Dance Theatre, in 2002. Since then, the company has created more than 15 performances and was co-produced by internationally renowned venues and festivals around the world. 

His choreographies deal with everyday questions, concerns, and perceptions in a fascinating and captivating way. Omar’s work, intense and powerful, is continuously questioning the individual human experience and seeking an extraordinary physical presence. 
 
Rajeh is the founder of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, one of the richest and most important contemporary dance festivals in the Arab World. He is also a co-founder of Masahat Dance Network, a regional contemporary dance network across Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. In addition, he is the founder of Moultaqa Leymoun, a platform to showcase and develop the work of young and established Arab artists. 

Mia Habis 

Co-Artistic Director

Dancer, performance maker, and Artistic Director of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance. Mia had a significant contribution to the development and progress of BIPOD and Maqamat and has contributed to spreading and strengthening the foundations of the company. Mia is coming from a literature, advertising, classical ballet and martial art background where she acquired more than thirty years of experience and training. She worked and performed locally and internationally with Omar Rajeh and many other choreographers such as Eszter Salamon, Marcel Leemann, and Luc Dunberry. She was invited to several residencies, and most recently to Sasha Waltz abroad. Her solo “Room” is still touring.

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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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info@maqamat.org

Maqamat/Artistic Director 
Omar Rajeh 
omar@maqamat.org

Maqamat/ Executive Director
Mia Habis
mia@maqamat.org

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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.

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