bipod 2007

beirut international platform of dance

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Cia. de Dança Palácio das Artes (BR)
Coregrafia de Cordel

Wednesday 18th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

Coreografia de Cordel reveals the vision and the emotion of the dancers about the reality of Vale do Jequitinhonha, in the north of Minas Gerais State.  It is a result of more than one year  research, studies and technical carefulness, with the colaboration of artists and researchers of several areas (dance, visual arts, literature, theater, art promoter and anthropology). ”Coreografia de Cordel” involves one piece,  09 urban interventions, two videos and photos exhibition.
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Yalda Younes (LE)
Ask the Dust

Thursday 19th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

Friday 20th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

“The singing is the soul’s life”, says Oum Koulthoum in one of her famous songs.
Dancer Yalda Younes chose Juan Murube’s voice to accompany her through the loss of her beloved ones and of her vanished city. A cry of protest, loneliness, pain, struggle, but also a cry of joy, of love, a sensation of sunlight on the face.

Okhela
Okhela Dance Theatre (SF)
Pictures on the wall

Thursday 19th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

The pictures on display at the Apartheid Museum abide indelibly as vivid memories in the minds of black South Africans. Not every one has been healed from our previous experience. And for whatever mistakes committed and misfortunes we encounter, apartheid has become the natural culprit… even where we should ideally be blaming our own laziness
Whirl
Boukje Schweigman and Theun Mosk (NL)
Whirl

Friday 20th of April
7:00 pm | Unesco palace

An encounter in which space, vision, sound and movement flow together in a very subtle way Boukje Schweigman and Theun Mosk are well renown for the remarkable visual strength of their performances and their direct approach to the senses. Spectators are invited into a surreal world and discover things they would have never thought existed in their imagination.

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Pierre Yves Diacon (SZ/NL)
The Creature Sigh

Friday 20th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

Like an encounter of the 3rd type. Here it is, in front of you – the creature. It might present itself through an unwanted demeanor and approach, but it manifests a visible will to communicate; a clear desire to reach.

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Cobosmika (SP)
If as is always / A stream

Saturday 21st of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

"If as is always" is based on the situations that can happen to any couple. It is a work full of expressions and “daily” movements that we adapt to our physical language. We intent to present a space with certain atmosphere like: in the room … or… on the beach… "A stream" is a turbulent and private energy of a couple performed by 4 dancers. The work aims to present dance that takes one beyond the familiar physical and aesthetic boundaries of the form. The resulting work offers a unique physical virtuosity and a resonant sensory experience. 

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Jamal Krayem (LE)
A clown

Sunday 22nd of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

When others cry there should be someone to ease the burden
July War was not a big surprise for the Lebanese. Many had lost their relatives … their families … their friends. Children escaped to shelters that were destroyed over their heads, holding their mothers hand they were covered with stones and rubble. A clown laughs and dances for people crying their dead.

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Souraya Baghdadi (LE)
Jidar El Samt

Sunday 22nd of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

Hassan Ben Gharbia and Souraya Baghdadi has collaborated with each other from about 20 years, investing in the “Mouvement Orientale”, and discovering their oriental potentials and cultural background. Once they met, they put all their efforts together for a better creation and development.

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Perpetuum Dance Company (Serbia)
Hurry Up!

Sunday 22nd of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

The action is taking place in a train station where people of different psychological mentalities and ways of life meet and unite for a short period of time … 
Each of them has his own story, the common is to reach their destination. After the period of adaptation, their common journey becomes bearable and pleasant, but they do not know what the train will go through and where in fact it will take them …

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Malek Andari (LE)
Up-side-down

Wednesday 25th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

'Upside-down', directed by Munzer Baalbaki, is about a young man living in emptiness, receiving no connection with the outside world and not going further in his life. His whole life is 'up-side-down' and he is wondering what kind of world he was born to. Sitting in his kitchen wondering about his life, his beloved, his friends, he interacts with a table, a horse (luna-park), a fridge, a bathtub, and a puppet.

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Patricia Portela (PT/BE)
Flatland 1

Thursday 26th of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

In this tragicomic story we see a Flatman who realizes that he is missing a third dimension in his life and that the audience plays an important role in this. He can only exist in a 3D world if there are people watching him. In a baroque whirlwind of words and images Patricia Portela portrays Flatman’s evolution from 2D to 3D. This 3D make-over is not without consequences for his audience. Flatman, alias James Bond, alias the Terrorist, takes over and controls the audience. Is this for real or is it all in the mind? Will Flatman succeed in reaching immortality through media attention?
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Sara Gebran-(LE/DA)
Il n’y a pas de pommes au Paradis

Thursday 26th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre


‘Il n’y a pas de pommes au Paradis’ is built on components from “Waiting for Godot” of Beckett, “The Antichrist”, “El desbarrancadero” of Fernado Vallejos, and religious rituals put together in an irrational pattern. The idea of Paradise, as described to us by different power structures, rules and norms, are being examined; as well as the possibilities for us to break away from it".
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Paul Ibey (EI)
La Volupté d'Etre

Thursday 26th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

This performance is a solo butoh work inspired by the life of the Marchesa Luisa Casati. Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was Europe’s most notorious celebrity and it’s most eccentric. She astounded the continent with her nude servants, live snakes as jewellery, outrageous parties, and her collection of palaces and exotic animals.  
By 1930, Casati was over twenty five million dollars in debt.  Her wealth gone, she fled to London where she spent the last years of her life, supported by family and friends and as eccentric as ever.  

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Mourad Merzouki | Kafig (FR)
Terrain Vague

Friday 27th of April
7:00 pm | Houssam El Din El Hariri Hall - Saida

Sunday 29th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

The artists that share this adventure are dancers, acrobats and comedians. Out of all these personalities, each of them being particular, a group merged and took shape to illustrate a story. All these energies led towards this group, the hip hop energy being close to that of the circus.   The choreographer created this piece from a place: wastelands. A certain nostalgia binds him to that type of place where anyone can come freely, build, destroy, play and create. It’s a place of passages, meetings, and lives…When he was younger, it used to be his playground.
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Danya Hammoud (LE)
Who's the Hero?

Friday 27th of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

Saturday 28th of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

You will enter; I will be waiting for you. I will start. You will be here. When you leave, it will continue.  To reveal a form, to get exposed, to look and to be looked at.
An editing for situations. How can we talk about movement?

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Companie Chatha-M'Barek Aicha & Hafiz Dhaou (TS)
Khaddem Hazem

Friday 27th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

“Hazem” means pelvis, this part the human body that generates so much phantasm and which manages so many movements as symbol of fertility and creation. The 'pelvis workers' (Khaddem Hazzem) is a name we are inventing to designate a category of “Body Artists” men and women , workers in the dance, workers of the pelvis to whom one identifies oneself as belonging to a professional corporation that is not always right fully valued by our contemporary societies.

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Zei Khauli | Maqamat Dance Theatre (LE)
Big My Secret

Saturday 28th of April
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

The performance deals with the hypocrisy of religion today from the point of view of a gay woman in her struggle between faith and sexual identity.
Meet Eve. A self pronounced lesbian. Also a church goer, a God worshiper Meet the society around her. The secrets. The shame. The struggle within. What she holds inside is a turmoil so great, it's beyond what one can bear….isn't this the promise of God? That God would never give us more than we can bear? Eve feels something…unspeakable. Big is her secret.
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Recoil performance Group (DA)
Grenzstadt

Sunday 29th of April
7:00 pm | Monnot Theatre

Grenzstadt is a dance and music performance that aims to search and dilute the concept of Borders. An Internet stream of both audio and video will be set up between Amman, Beirut and Copenhagen, making it possible for the involved artists to see, hear and react to each other despite the physical distance and national borders separating them.
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Mohamed Fawzi | EM ART STUDIO (EG)
Purple Red

Friday 25th of May
8:30 pm | Monnot Theatre

Purple Red is a reading of Samuel Beckett's text 'the tragedy'. It is interpreted  through the scenography and movement aiming at transmitting the text through  visual images.
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Luis Guerra (PT)
Human being

This work appeared from the idea to search and develop a phyisicality where it would be inserted in multiple phyisicalities. The idea is to create a body that served as a canal for the sprouting of diverse emotional states and physicalities. The main idea of the creative process was to reproduce many bodies in just one body. 

Talks

Toni cots
Dramaturgy and artistic behaviour / L'animal a l'esquena
By Toni Cots (SP)

Thursday 19th of April
3:30 pm | Houna Center

Friday 20th of April
3:30 pm | Houna Center

In artistic practice there are no fixed laws of behaviour, or tasks that can be wholly defined in advance, not even for the dramaturge. Every production forms its own method of work. Dramaturgy is always concerned with the conversion of feeling into knowledge, and viceversa. Dramaturgy is the twilight zone between art and science. Dramaturgy is also the passion of looking. There is no essential difference between theatre and dance dramatturgy, although the nature and history of the material used differs. Its main concerns are: the mastering of structures; the achievement of a global view; the gaining of insight into how to deal with the material, whatever its origin may be – visual, musical, textual, filmic, philosophiccal, etc. Dramaturgy today is often a case of solving puzzle, learning to deal with complexity. L’animal a l’esquena – Centre for Performing Arts. 

The creation of the centre responded to the need of its founders: MariÅLa Munoz and Pep Ramis, the artistic directors of Mal Pelo, to open up their structure in the form of a dance company to a network structure based on the interchange with other artists and creators. In 2001, toggether with Toni Cots - artistic director and producer of many performiing arts international projects -, they establish a partnership in order to define the contents and main objectives of L’animal a l’esquena, and since then they work and share its artistic direction. The main aim of L’animal a l’esquena is to set up the links and connnections between artists, scholars and the public, in such a way that the center becomes a ‘shared place’, in a framework for research and cross-disciplinay artistic work. It attempts to reflect the urgent need of the contemporary art work to create a zone of coherence, based on the presence of different voices and views related to visuality, textualiity, identity and corporality. A temporary refuge that recognises and accepts diversity.

Workshops

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Dance Workshops

Boukje Shcweigman (NL) - Contemporary Dance - April 19 from 10 am to 1 pm
Cia. De Danca Palacio Das Artes ( BR) - Contemporary Dance - April 20 from 10 am to 1 pm
Souraya Baghdadi ( LE/FR) - Contemporary Oriental - April 23 from 7 to 10 pm
Paul ibey ( EI)- Butoh- April 24-25 from 3 to 6 pm
Kafig (FR) - Hip Hop- April 29 from 10 am to 1 pm
Yalda Younes (LE)- Flamenco- April 28-29 from 10 am to 1 pm

Partners

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Partners