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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
( More information on Omar Rajeh's artistic work on www.omarrajeh.com)
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Omar Rajeh, a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer, is a leading figure of 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.


Mia Habis

Co-Artistic Director

Dancer, performance maker, and Artistic Director of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Mia has more than twenty years of experience and training. Performing locally and internationally, Mia has worked with many choreographers. As Artistic Director of BIPOD and co-director of Maqamat, Mia has made a significant contribution to the development and progress of the festival and the company and strengthened the foundations of contemporary dance across the Arab region