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maqamat dance theatre

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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.