bipod 2013

beirut international platform of dance

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BEITEDDINE FESTIVAL
FROM THE 14TH UNTIL THE 30TH OF APRIL 2011
AL MADINA THEATRE | THEATRE MONNOT | BABEL THEATRE | THEATRE DE BEYROUTH

Maqamat Dance Theatre is proud to announce the 7th edition of BIPOD – Beirut International Platform of Dance 2011. BIPOD once again offers a rich international program of performances, debates, lectures, workshops, meetings and exhibitions. This year the program is expected to be one of the best since Beirut will welcome internationally acclaimed contemporary dance companies.

Moreover, selected Contemporary Dance Choreographers from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, and Morocco along with Takween Collective participants, will present their works during the second edition of LEYMOUN-Arab Dance Platform organized by Leymoun- Arab Contemporary Dance Network & Maqamat Dance Theatre.

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Thierry Smits / Compagnie Thor (BE)
Clear Tears | Troubled Waters

Thursday 11th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

Taking inspiration from today's melancholy atmosphere, Thierry Smits gives us a paradoxically formal creation. Anticipation of regret for what is disappearing is the filter applied to the dance – the precise, well-controlled steps without a hint of pathos communicate an aura of uneasiness, suffocation and having nowhere to go, as well as attempts to ward off this feeling and hope for new breathing room.

|Clear Tears / Troubled Waters" unfolds in a moving set whose components play a part, with a musical creation, performed by musicians on stage as it accompanies or leads the dance. The atmosphere is dark, but it embodies the energy to pierce and transcend nostalgia.
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OMAR RAJEH Ι MAQAMAT DANCE THEATRE (LE)
That Part of Heaven

Saturday 13th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

In this new creation Five women survivors of civil war are struggling with their past beliefs, repeated disappointments, and losses. Their wounded bodies & souls tell the stories of their own insecurities, insomnias, anger, and fear from the other. The burden of violence keeps growing inside their bodies and minds.
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Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (USA)
HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE

Tuesday 16th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

Set to music sung by renowned soprano Cecilia Bartoli, "Heavens What Have I Done" unfolds from a rambling monologue addressing the artists’ ascension to success, the hypocrisies of an unstable world, artistic critiques, and dreams and desires of a more personal nature.
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CCN De La Rochelle / Poitou-Charentes, Kader Attou / Cie Accrorap (FR)
The Roots

Thursday 18th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

First and foremost, The Roots is a human adventure, a journey enacted by eleven exceptional hip-hop dancers. Chapter after chapter, the actual performance transforms, opens up new horizons and brings the spectator elsewhere. This universe consists of ordinary settings: a table, a crackling vinyl record on a turntable, childhood memories. 

Music plays a crucial part, stirring and calling for the unity of dancers: Brahms, Beethoven, electro music, all these melodies open doors to a dancing mankind.
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Constanza Macras | DorkyPark (GE)
I'm Not the Only One Part 2

Saturday 20th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

"I’m Not the Only One" develops a piece of fiction that takes the actors’ various motivations for departure as a starting point. Like the heroes in fairy tales and myths, they are subject to a transformation, each in his own individual way. In this way, myth and reality, archetypes and autobiography mix. And again and again we are faced with the question: what and where was home anyway?
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Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (UK)
Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece

Sunday 21st of April
7:00 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

"Cheap Lecture" (2009) is a rhythmic spoken performance set to music, a tirade about empty hands, audiences, time, repetition and dance and a few other things. It continues the journey Burrows and Fargion began in the first three duets. "The Cow Piece" (2009) repeats the structure of "Cheap Lecture". It plays with text, movement and sounds, but also with objects. It is a meditation on dance, music and mortality.
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Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (UK)
Speaking Dance

Sunday 21st of April
9:00 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

"Speaking Dance" is the third of an ongoing series of duets made by Burrows and Fargion since 2002, continuing their gentle exploration into how the relationship between music and dance is perceived, and the fragile but permeable boundaries between the two worlds. Their performances are a formal but humorous meditation on the nature of communication, and the relationship between each other and with the audience.
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La Veronal (SP)
Russia

Friday 26th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

Lake Baikal, located in southern Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world. Such is its water volume that if you spill it in the Earth’s surface, the planet would be covered by a layer of eight inches high. La Veronal's performance Russia is a moving picture, a road trip to Lake Baikal. The protagonists are in front of a road that plunges into the forest. There is snow on the road. Russia is large and unknown.
 They are forced to stay together, locked inside a vehicle. They spend the night listening to radio programs. The road leads them to be increasingly closer to the lake; however, they never get to see it. From the beginning, Russia is born with the will of never ending. Russia is the geographical representation of fear.

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LEYMOUN 2013

Saturday 13th of April
12:00 am |

Twenty-two dancers and choreographers from different Arab countries will showcase their latest dance creations over two days in Beirut.  For its third edition, Leymoun organized a special focus on dancers and choreographers from Syria and aimed to present two full length performances. Ali Chahrour (LB)* Danas Taoufiq Izeddiou (MA)* Rev‚'illusion.

Leymoun 2013 mainly focused on works in progress, proposals for new creations, studio presentations. It aims to create a new dynamic structure that will open more possibilities for talks and discussions and hopefully for future artistic residencies, collaborations, and co-productions. Selected Contemporary Dance Choreographers from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco will present their works and participate to the discussions and meetings.


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Open Discussion

Sunday 14th of April
11:00 am | Babel Theatre

Artistic creation in relation to political and social conflicts

Speakers: Matthias Lilienthal, Pierre Abi Saab, Mey Sefan
Moderator: Omar Rajeh 

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Ali Chahrour | Maqamat Dance Theatre ( LE)
Danas - Mawt Sagheer, First Movement

Sunday 14th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

My sisters’ lamentations have raised in me the desire to dance
My mother is crying over my grave. Her sobs make me want to sing
Lying on top of me, a corpse. Its cold flesh and dying fluids try to seduce me, pulling my body in a perfect embrace, endless orgasm
Sighs and stifled tears gush from my father as if to masturbate over my picture faded by time
Danas exposes destitute bodies. Moving bodies in search of motivation, might it be a soul or anything that could make them reclaim their self-control. An instinctive quest for a meaning or a vanished reality. A reality condemned by religious texts and scientific progress. A reality whose only relief is to echo the farewell cries blaming its absence.
Danas inhabits the intimate moments of a buried body
A body in a mass grave, In a morgue, At the bottom of the ocean, A body lifted by men in a funeral procession, A cremated body, A stuffed body, A body without skeleton nor hips, A schizophrenic body, Amnesic
Decapitated at birth and ignored by history
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Taoufiq Izeddiou (MA)
Rev’illusion (work in progress)

Monday 15th of April
8:30 pm | AL-MADINA THEATRE

Dream? Illusion? Or, maybe, when this revolution turns out successful, a body will regain its own consciousness – at long last? A specific accusation, connected with restricting the freedom of speech after the revolution of The Arab Spring.
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PRESENTATIONS / WORK IN PROGRESS

Mithkal Alzghair (SYR) - "Between Revolt and Death"
Eyas Al Mokdad (SYR) - "My brother and I in the war"
Noura Murad / Leish Troupe (SYR) - "It’s a girl .. Somebody
walked over my grave" - The third performance of Identities project 2016-2016
Enad Marouf and Billy Bultheel (SYR/BE/DE) - "Reality Tales / Mental Surgeries"
Hussein Khaddour (SYR) - "Human Once Again"
Alaa Kreimd (SYR) - "Lines"
Lana Fahmi (SYR) - "Pause"
Mohamad Wafa al-Boti (SYR) - "Immigrated"
Hoor Malas and Daria Jamil (SYR) - "7 things I hate about you"
Hasan Rabeh and Mazen Nehlawi (SYR) - "Stuck"
Guy Nader & Maria Campos (LB/ES) - "Zenith" (excerpt)
Kamal Aadissa (MA) - "Zafir"
Mounir Saeed / Cramp Group (EG) - "Small Story"
Mey Sefan / Tanween (SYR) - "Tell me what you dreamt of today? The Syrian Revolution" (working title)
Youness Khoukhou / Pierre Droulers (MA/BE)
Each Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow
Bassam Atbou Diab (LB) - "Last seen"
Zei Khauli (LB/CA)
Ezzat Ismail Ezzat / Ezzat Ezzat Dance Studio (EG) - "Contemporary Dance Night"

Documentary

Eric orhand
What is your Dance?
Arab Dance Platform, Beirut 2011

Monday 15th of April
7:00 pm | Babel Theatre

Eric Orhand is a producer and filmmaker, graphic and multimedia designer. Passionate about photography and programming since the age of seventeen, he started to work in graphic design, devoting his evenings to programming. His first company was Hangover, a design, print and multimedia company. With the rise of the Internet, he starts up 62 Avenue, a company specialized in websites and audiovisual production. In 2000, he decided to become an independent artist again, launching several animation projects, documentaries, video clips and commercials. After his first documentary Transfert (2004), about a psychiatric hospital, he continues to work as a freelancer in France and abroad, creating movies related to social and artistic themes.
Why did I come to film in Beirut? First of all thanks to the Festival On Marche in
Marrakech, where I have met Omar. But also and most of all like he says himself: "I felt it. I felt that it is the time to do this. It is the time for people to know what is happening in the Arab world." In the spring of 2011, I came to Beirut with Bruno Ruffini for five days of shooting. When I arrived, I immediately felt an energy, an enthusiasm, a creativity, a warmth. It was moving, talking, the weather was great. I have seen dancers in the heart of their passion I have heard their bodies and their thoughts in movement. So I asked: Dancing? What is dancing? Dancing today? Dancing here? Taoufiq answered me: What is your dance? euh…. I did a 20 minutes movie. Many many thanks to all the people that participated to make this film.

Partners

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PARTNERS


ORGANIZERS
Maqamat Dance Theatre
Leymoun- Arab Contemporary Dance Network

PARTNERS BIPOD
Beiteddine Festivals | Ministry of Culture in Beirut | Al Madina Theatre | Goethe Institute | Instituto Cervantes Beirut | Spanish Embassy in Lebanon | Ministry of Education Spain/ INAEM- Instituto National de las artes escenicas y de la musica | Institut Francais Beyrouth | British Council | Institut Francais | Qattan foundation | Eunic- Europeen union national institutes for culture | npn- nationale performance netz | Youth in Action |ECF- Europeen Cultural Foundation | Mercat de les flors | Wallonie-Bruxelles Theatre/Danse- Wallonie-Bruxelles International  | New York Live Arts/ Suitcase Fund

PARTNERS LEYMOUN
Norwegian Embassy in Beirut | Institut Francais | Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie | Charleroi Danse

MEDIA PARTNERS
MTV | Al Akhbar | Time Out Beirut | Agenda Culturel

SUPPORTERS
Warde | Chateau Qanafar | Dots | Verde Rosa

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Bardo | Bread Republic Cantina 

POINTS OF SALE
Antoine Ticketing