bipod 2014

beirut international platform of dance

BIPOD–Beirut International Platform of Dance
In Partnership with Beiteddine Art Festival 
10th EDITION | April 10 – 27th, 2014
Al Madina Theatre | Théâtre Monnot 

Organized by Maqamat Dance Theatre 

BIPOD, an annual contemporary dance platform, continues this year to enhance its already established reputation as one of the most important dance festivals in the region. It has developed a new approach to this medium in Lebanon and established a strong international connection. 

For its 10th anniversary, Bipod created an exciting program and will celebrate dance continuously throughout the event: 10 companies for 10 years of BIPOD in addition to unique master classes, talks with the artists, the launching of BIPOD’s 10th anniversary book, a retrospective exhibition as well as great parties around the festival.  

This year’s line-up includes internationally acclaimed companies from Norway, Belgium, Lebanon, UK, Germany, Morocco, Australia, France and Switzerland.

Tickets are available at Librairie Antoine (details below)
Don't forget to register to  the masterclasses in advance and to benefit from the BIPOD PASS that allows you to watch all the performances and save 50% !

Bipod 2014 Opening

BIPOD Opening |" Ten Years of BIPOD"
Book Launching | Retrospective Exhibition

Thursday 10th of April
7:00 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

Maqamat Dance Theatre will be lauching a retrospective exhibition of BIPOD and publishing its tenth anniversary book.

Through photographs, behind the scene videos, documentaries and many fascinating moments  captured throughout the years, Maqamat Dance Theatre is devoting a retrospective exhibition that will look back at 10 years of BIPOD, from 2004 to 2014. The exhibition reveals inedited pictures of the festival, its artists, its audience, its  team, and  illustrates well its diversity, creativity, and impact on a local and international level. The public are invited to journey through ten years of work that established the festival as the founder of  contemporary dance in Lebanon and Beirut as the capital of contemporary dance in the Arab World. 

As part of this exhibition, Maqamat is publishing "Ten years of BIPOD", a book that traces 
memorable moments of the festival, through pictures, exclusive notes and inedited drawings from BIPOD's Artist Book , letters from the artists and from BIPOD's supporters. 

Still Current
Russell Maliphant Company (UK)

Thursday 10th of April
8:30 pm | Al Madina Theatre

Friday 11th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre


Still Current is an evening of duets and trios created by Russell Maliphant and danced by his remarkable company. The program includes two of his most acclaimed works – Two and Afterlight (Part One) and there is a diverse physical language across the pieces, integrating qualities and vocabulary from contemporary dance, ballet and martial arts. The lighting designs are by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls with costumes by Stevie Stewart and animation by Jan Urbanowski. Musically, the evening includes an eclectic mix of sound with new compositions by long time collaborators Andy Cowton and Mukul, and a work by Armand Amar. 
Duration: 90 minutes

About the choreographer

Russell Maliphant is an internationally renowned, multi award-winning choreographer who formed the Russell Maliphant Company in 1996. He has also worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, BalletBoyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Critics’ Circle National Dance award for best modern choreography, a South Bank Show award and an Olivier award for PUSH, with Sylvie Guillem. In 2011, Maliphant was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University.  Russell became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005.  

Cast & Credits

Direction and Choreography Russell Maliphant Lighting and Projection Design* Michael Hulls (* for Still Current and Still) Animation Jan Urbanowski Composers Armand Amar, Andy Cowton, Mukul & Erik Satie Costume Design Stevie Stewart Video Programmer Andy Downie Collaborative Assistant Dana Fouras Dancers Thomasin Gülgeç, Adam Kirkham, Dickson Mbi, Carys Staton

A Sadler’s Wells / Russell Maliphant Production Co-produced by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Co-commissioned by Dance East Supported by artsdepot, Arts Council England


Hibr [Ink] (new creation)
Maqamat Dance Theatre/Omar Rajeh & Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater (LE/ SZ)

Saturday 12th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

Sunday 13th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre


«Words shape our understanding of the world around us.» The words, which are available to us, influence our thoughts. We see and experience life with the words, which we use to think and speak. But what happens when words collide with bodies? The energy which is released by the collision of bodies and words is the starting point and the driving force behind «HIBR» a dance production titled after the Arabic word for ink. «HIBR» is the first creative collaboration between the two choreographers Omar Rajeh (artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre, Beirut) and Marcel Leemann (artistic director of Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater, Bern). «HIBR» continues telling the story after mere words have given up, and describes things which language fails to capture.
Duration: 50 minutes

About the choreographers

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 (throughout the Arab World and Europe, in addition to Canada and Korea). It has also supported, produced, and presented works of local emerging artists. 

Marcel Leemann was born in 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher, based in Bern, Switzerland. As an independent choreographer, since 2003 Marcel is regularly invited to dance and theater festivals throughout Europe with his own company, Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater. MLPDT produces emotional, physical challenging dance theater, which confronts audiences with humour, passion and an unexpected rawness. Leemann’s works are based on structured improvisations using his distinct movement language. Collaborations with DJ’s, VJ’s, composers and writers contribute to a rich creative process. Leemann works with a core group of excellent dancers, and invited guests.

About the music composers

Pablo Palacio is an independent composer currently living in Madrid. His work has been focused on the transformation an perceptual connections of sonic images. He directs with Muriel Romero a project focused on the analysis and development of the interaction between body gesture and sonic gesture, in which the dancer’s activity evolve in a three dimensional sound space interacting with sonic objects that are successively transformed according to their trajectory and dynamic morphology. These works integrate in a performative context abstractions taken from other disciplines such as artificial intelligence, biology, 
mathematics or experimental psychology.

Mahmoud Turkmani The innovative guitarist, composer and oud player Mahmoud Turkmani is considered as a renovator and bridge-builder between contemporary Western-classical and Arabic-traditional music. He studied classical guitar and composition at the Moscow Academy for Music. He continued his studies at Oscar Ghiglia (1989/90, Conservatory of Basel, Switzerland), Juan Carmona (1991/92, Flamenco Programme, Andalucia) and Stephan Schmidt (1994-97, Conservatory of Berne, Switzerland). At present, Mahmoud Turkmani teaches classical guitar and oud at the Conservatory of Berne. He is the founder of the guitar quartet “Ludus” which has issued a compact disc (“Nuqta”) with ENJA Records, Munich/Germany ( in December 1999. Further discs were released by ENJA Records in 2002 /“Fayka”, 2004 /“Zakira” and 2008 /“Ya Sharr Mout”. 

Cast & Credits
Choreography Omar Rajeh & Marcel Leemann Concept Omar Rajeh
Dance Azusa Nishimura Bassam Bou Diab  Christos Strinopoulos Irene Andreetto Ismael Oiartzabal Jadd Tank Mia Habis Music Mahmoud Turkmani & Pablo Palacio  Lighting Design Jonas Bühler Costumes Mia Habis Production Management Annette von Goumoëns

Produced by: Maqamat Dance Theatre & Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater 
Coproduced by: Dampfzentrale Bern & BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance

With the kind support of Kultur Stadt Bern, Swisslos Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros kulturprozent, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretengesellschaft, AFAC-The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Beirut 


Happy as Larry
Shaun Parker & Company ( AS)

Tuesday 15th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

PERFORMANCE IN BEIRUT SUPPORTED BY  CAAR, Australia Council and Arts NSW Trade & Investment 

What makes us happy? Happy as Larry is a funny, playful and poignant new dance show, which investigates the elusive nature of human happiness. This powerful production combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and highly physical contemporary dance.The cast of characters is developed from the Enneagram, a psychological system that maps nine personality types: The Perfectionist; The Giver; The Performer; The Tragic Romantic; The Observer; The Devil’s Advocate; The Optimist; The Boss; and The Mediator – all rich inspiration for Shaun Parker’s insightful creativity. Set to a vibrant electro/acoustic score, the performers bring fun and danger to the fore in this innovative and moving dance work.
Duration: 75 minutes

About the choreographer

Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new Australian dance company that has exploded onto the international dance scene. The company creates critically acclaimed dance productions, which are renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.Led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker, his work is described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘so cutting edge it actually wanders off the edge of any single-word definition…’Based in Sydney, Shaun Parker’s work has toured across Australia, France, The Netherlands and the UK, including a sold out season of Happy as Larry at London’s prestigious dance house Sadler’s Wells. Shaun Parker & Company has won two Australian Dance Awards, a NZ Banksy Award, and the Argus Angel Award in the UK.

Cast & Credits

Director & Choreographer Shaun Parker Co-Composers Nick Wales & Bree van Reyk Designer Adam Gardnir Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha Dramaturgy  Veronica Neave Executive Producer Olivia Ansell Production Manager Guy Harding Rehearsal Director Craig Kevin Stuart Bary Stage & Tour Manager Natacha Marianne Poledica Dancers Jana Castillo, Toby Derrick, Luke Hanna, Libby Zyrel Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Marnie Palomares, Lewis Rankin, Joshua Thomson  Agent Ecotopia Dance Productions  Artistic Director Shaun Parker Executive Producer Olivia Ansell Associate Producer Geraldine Timmins  Finance Manager Rhanda Mansour 


Australia Council for the Arts - Shaun Parker & Company  - Arts NSW Trade & Investment 
- Seymour Centre - Council of Arab and Australian Relations- Australia Council for the Arts 
Shaun Parker & Company - Arts NSW Trade & Investment - Seymour Centre - Council of Arab and Australian Relations  - This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government Arts and Advisory Body, in association 


IF/THEN for strings
THE BAKERY / Richard Siegal (DE)

Thursday 17th of April
8:30 pm | Theatre Monnot


Where is the intersection between dance and music? Can a composition be made for musicians using choreographic methods?  If/Then For Strings, names a project that resists classification.  Rather than focus on the difference between dance and music, the collaborators will work from the overlapping space of the two, namely embodied gesture.  The body will not only be at the service of sound but physical gesture will also drive the composition.
Duration: 45 minutes

About the choreographer

Richard Siegal is the founder and artistic director of The Bakery. He has been awarded the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, the German theatre prize DER FAUST, the S.A.C.D. prize (Beaumarchais), the Mouson Award and in 2013 the Dance Award of the City of Munich. Richard Siegal’s pieces are characterized by his interdisciplinary work methods and his predilection for collaborations with architects such as Didier Faustino, designers such as Konstantin Grcic and composers such as Arto Lindsay or Lorenzo Bianchi. Siegal is a MacDowell Fellow and an honorary member of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Benoit de la Danse.

Cast & Credits

A work by Richard Siegal Asasello String Quartet Rostislav Kozhevnikov, violin Barbara Kuster, violin Justyna Śliwa, viola Wolfgang Zamastil, violoncello Technical director Ulli Napp
Production director Miria Wurm Production: Richard Siegal/The Bakery Coproducer Muffatwerk Munich Production management: Muffatwerk Munich Premiere 29th January, Muffathalle Munich


Funded by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich and the Fondation Royaumont where the project was prepared, with support of MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch and Freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Cologne

Cie dernière minute/ Pierre Rigal (FR)

Friday 18th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

PERFORMANCE IN BEIRUT IS SUPPORTED BY Institut Français Liban - Institut Français Paris

Between Odyssey, philosophic tale and science fiction story, "Erection" aims to follow the human evolution framework. In a purified set, accompanied by sound and video effects created live, Pierre Rigal dances the animal-man, the individual-man and the social-man at the same time, showing three versions of one erection attempt. So many questions, about life, about evolution, that troubles the adventure of this tightrope walker creature who’s named man, sad clown of all times. 
Duration: 45 Minutes

About the choreographer

Pierre originally trained as an athlete, specializing in 400m and 400m hurdles. He then studied mathematics and economics in Barcelona and graduated with a Masters in Cinema. His transition into contemporary dance was influenced by meeting choreographers such as Heddy Maalem, Bernardo Montet and Wim Vandekeybus, Nacera Belaza, Philippe Decouflé and directors such as Mladen Materic or Guy Alloucherie. In November 2003, Pierre Rigal founded compagnie dernière minute , and created his first piece, the solo "Erection", directed by Aurélien Bory.

Cast & Credits

conception, choreography, interpretation, video creation pierre rigal conception, art production aurélien bory sound creation, music  sylvain chauveau, joan cambon, ARCA
costume design sylvie marcucci stage manager and sound engineer loic célestin video engineer nihil bordures  production director sophie schneider production assistant nathalie vautrin administration assistant pauline gabarrou

co-production compagnie dernière minute / TNT – Théâtre National de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées 
with the support of DRAC Midi-Pyrénées, the Conseil Régional Midi-Pyrénées, the Conseil Général de la Haute-Garonne, City of Toulouse and the CDC Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
Compagnie dernière minute is supported by Ministry of Culture and Communication / Préfecture of Region Midi-Pyrénées, Region Midi-Pyrénées, City of Toulouse and Fondation BNP Paribas for its project development with the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Direction générale de la Culture – Service de la Danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse


From B to B
ZOO/ Thomas Hauert & Angels Margarit/ Cia. Mudances (BE/ SZ)

Saturday 19th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

“Current Dance Works” Prize at the Swiss Dance Awards 2013
PERFORMANCE IN BEIRUT IS SUPPORTED BY Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles International in collaboration with Wallonie-Bruxelles Théȃtre/Danse

Contemplative and light-footed, playful and gripping, humorous and poetic – From B to B is a physical, musical and linguistic dialogue between Brussels-based Thomas Hauert and Barcelona-based Àngels Margarit. It is a journey of discovery as each artist explores the other’s world. The language that simultaneously connects and separates them plays a key role in the piece. Starting with the names Thomas and Àngels, Catalan author Marius Serra created a word game with which the two freely experiment with childlike pleasure.
Duration: 55 minutes

About the choreographers

Born in Switzerland, Thomas Hauert has created around twenty performances with his Brussels-based company ZOO as well as with companies like Zurich Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre and Candoco. He’s known for his complex and refined improvisation-based choreographic language. In her many creations, the Catalan Àngels Margarit, a pioneer of contemporary dance in Spain, has gone from a minimal abstract vocabulary to a more sensual and sometimes theatrical approach. Both their work has been presented on the most important European stages and honored by multiple prizes.

Cast & Credits
Created and performed by Thomas Hauert and Àngels Margarit Music Barbra Streisand, Lucio Dalla, Jordi Savall, J.M. Serrat, Toti Soler and Ester Formosa, sœur Marie Keyrouz, Mayte Martin, Miguel Poveda, Jolie Holland Musical creation Joan Saura Doublets and double acrostics Màrius Serra Other texts Thomas Hauert and Àngels Margarit Light design Jan Van Gijsel Costumes Rosa Codina Props Pere Milán Sound Marc Ases Technical direction Bert Van Dijck Video Núria Font


Production ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Àngels Margarit/Cia. Mudances co-production Festival GREC 2011 Barcelona - La Batie Festival, Geneva With the help of: CAET-Terrassa ZOO/Thomas Hauert is supported by Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Service de la Danse, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Wallonie-Bruxelles International. ZOO/Thomas Hauert is in residence et Charleroi Danses and associated artist at Kaaitheater (Brussels).  Àngels Margarit/cia Mudances is supported by Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, INAEM - Ministerio de Cultura, ICUB - Ajuntament de Barcelona, IRL - Institut Ramón Llull.  Premiered July 22, 2011 at the Festival GREC in Barcelona


Danse Map (FR)

Tuesday 22nd of April
5:00 pm | Métro Al-Madina


DANSE MAP is an invitation to an artistic journey made of three "Miniatures", or short choreographic pieces created by three artists who investigated Love as a common thematic with their own language, writing and poetic.

These miniatures were created within the frame of the Miniatures Officinae project lead by L'Officina with many partners of the Mediterranean Basin.

Taoufiq Izeddiou (Morocco)
Duration  13 mn

Born in Marrakech, Taoufiq Izeddiou studied architecture, he boxed and practiced theater before turning to the dance. Trained between France and Morocco, his meeting with Bernardo Montet is determining. In 2001 he founded Anania, the first contemporary dance company in Morocco. Beetween 2003 and 2005 in Marrakech, he set up the first contemporary dance training Al Mokhtabar I, which continues with a new cycle between 2012 and 2015. He's the artistic director of the international festival of contemporary dance On Marche, created in 2005 with Anania company, which moves every year in the different cultural places of Marrakech.

«In this strange weightlessness we summon and physically call in ghosts as we dance and sing on the traces of the Other»  Taoufiq Izeddiou

choreography and interpretation Taoufiq Izeddiou

Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune with the support of   la Roque d’Anthéron  (Relais d’Artistes) for  Miniatures Officinae by  L’Officina. 

Yendi Nammour ( France)
Loups Of Various Emotions
Duration  11 mn

Yendi Nammour studied contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Vienna (Austria) and at the CDC (Center for Choreographic Development) in Toulouse. In november 2010, Yendi joined the Takween program of Beirut Contemporary Dance School. Since 2003, she has been working with different contemporary artists in Choreography and Dance Theater. Yendi is currently doing her own choreographic research and creates the solo The day I started sticking pieces of tape all around…

"I believe that all these love stories that we get the opportunity to live, including the tough moments, mature us, enhance us and give us the deep feeling of being alive."

choreography and interpretation Yendi Nammour sound design Yann Marquis // costume 
Julia Didier

produced within the Miniatures Ramallah program that associates L’Officina - atelier marseillais de production to Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture and Sareyyet Ramallah - First Ramallah Group and that receives support from Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône - département des Relations internationales, Convention Institut français - Ville de Marseille and Mécènes du Sud - Projet lauréat 2013.

Arnaud Saury/ Mathieu ma fille Foundation (France)
I’m a love result
Duration  16 mn

Arnaud Saury trained at the TNB school in Rennes. He joins in 2006 the working group Humanus  Gruppo and La Zouze Cie - from which he is now dissident. He regularly works with the  psychiatric field (Rennes, Uzès, Aix-en-Provence). He is a founding member of Mathieu ma fille  Foundation (2011). He creates in 2012 his miniature I’m a love result within the frame of the Miniatures  Beirut program, that he reworks to propose an extended version for the Uzes Danse #17 and  actOral 12 festivals. He leads the project of the Mémoires du Grand nord cycle which full version  was created for Dansem # 16 Festival.

«I’m not saying I love you. I’m saying that other people said it before.»

coproduction  Centre de Développement Chorégraphique d’Uzès in collaboration with Hôpital 
du Mas Careiron, personnel and users of the Centre d’Accueil Thérapeutique à Temps Partiel 
« le Transfo », Culture à l’Hôpital and Uzès Danse produced within the Miniatures Beirut 2011>2012 program that associated L’Officina - atelier marseillais de production to Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture, Zoukak - Theatre company and cultural association and La Caldera – centre de creació de dansa i arts escèniques and received support in France from Conseil régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – Direction des relations internationales, Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône – Direction des relations internationales and from Convention Institut français – Ville de Marseille ; in Spain from Institut Ramon Lull and in Lebanon from Institut français

Black Out
Cie Philippe Saire (SZ)

Tuesday 22nd of April
7:00 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

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

Wednesday 23rd of April
7:00 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

Wednesday 23rd of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

100th performance

After a series of pieces marked by theatricality, Black Out goes back to the plenitude of movement and reveals a very old attachment of Philippe Saire to drawing. Materiality is at the centre of the performance in the form of a black granulated floor, composed with thousands of fragments in which the dancers’ movements leave traces, thus composing a choreographic piece that becomes a work of fine art. Although a dramaturgical framework is clearly visible, the choreographer clearly intends to give an important place to these graphic preoccupations in the construction of a narrative base. Here, dance touches the intimate sphere and offers a vision from on high to the audience, who is watching a work in its process. At the frontier of dance and performing art, the piece includes the spectator - gripped by the intensity of movement on this black surface - within the performing space. These images of going back to the source, of regression, of the shadowy part in each of us put the audience in a sensual relationship, almost physical and tactile, turning the performance itself into a real experience.
Duration:  40 minutes
Limited number of audience

About the choreographer

Philippe Saire, Swiss choreographer, was born in Algeria in 1957 where he spent his first five years.  He later moved to Lausanne where he studied and trained in contemporary dance before going abroad – including Paris – to pursue his training.In 1986, he created his own company in the area of Lausanne, Switzerland, which went on to develop its own creative repertoire and actively contributed to the emergence of contemporary dance throughout Switzerland. In 1995, the Compagnie Philippe Saire opened its own creative workspace, the Théâtre Sévelin 36.  Located in Lausanne, the theatre is dedicated to contemporary dance and hosts performances of international stature, as well as local dance acts, in a bid to help promote local companies. The theatre welcomes artist residencies, as well as dance lessons and workshops. Théâtre Sévelin 36 has won the “Special Dance Award 2013”, given by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Cast & Credits

choreography Philippe Saire, in collaboration with the dancers Philippe Chosson, Maëlle Desclaux, Benjamin Kahn 
Dramaturgy Roberto Fratini Serafide 
light design Philippe Saire 
sound design Stéphane Vecchione
Set consultant Sylvie Kleiber
Lighting consultant Laurent Junod
Costumes Tania D’Ambrogio
 technical director Yann Serez 
light Yan Godat
 sound Philippe Saire photographies & graphic design Philippe Weissbrodt video Pierre-Yves Borgeaud administration, PR Valérie Niederoest promotion Gábor Varga accounting Régina Zwahlen secretary Christel Welsch


Black Out gets the support of Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture, Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Sixt.


Nothing's for Something
Heine Avdal &Yukiko Shinozaki/ Fieldworks (NO/BE)

Thursday 24th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre


In “nothing’s for something”, we wish to show how a place can become fluid, how it can mutate, or separate into different parts. When a given situation transforms itself, how do new possibilities develop and open up for other dimensions? “nothing’s for something”, is about these transitions from one ‘state of being’ to the other.
Duration: 60 minutes

About the company

Heine Avdal studied dance, choreography and video at the Oslo National College of the Arts in Norway and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.
Yukiko Shinozaki studied classical ballet in Tokyo, and studied contemporary dance and psychology at Portland State University.
Avdal and Shinozaki’s work focuses on the distribution of space, questioning how spatial conventions affect the way we experience and move through private/public spaces. Through slight shifts, or manipulations they search for unexpected intersections between different components of a space.

Cast & Credits

concept and direction Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki created and performed by Heine Avdal, Taka Shamoto, Yukiko Shinozaki, Oleg Soulimenko sound design and electronics Fabrice Moinet, Johann Loiseau lighting design and technical direction Hans Meijer drawing and graphic Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Christelle Fillod dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)  creative assistant Saori Miyazawa electronic assistant Matthieu Virot technical support Culture Crew  music The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss

production fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal / co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), APAP Network, Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk), BIT-Teatergarasjen (Bergen), STUK (Leuven) / in collaboration with WP Zimmer (Antwerp), Netwerk (Aalst), Vooruit (Ghent), MDT (Stockholm), Black Box Teater (Oslo), Teaterhuset Avantgarden (Trondheim), INKONST (Malmø) / with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Norsk Kulturråd, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere 


What the Body Does Not Remember
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus (Be)

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

Sunday 27th of April
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

The debut of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in 1987 stunned the world of dance of the time. In New York Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received the prestigious Bessie Award for this ‘brutal confrontation of dance and music: the dangerous, combative landscape of What the Body Does Not Remember’. In 2013, 25 years later and with a new cast, the show once again goes on a world tour.

Vandekeybus’ first choreography balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. Sometimes this results in a confrontation between two dancers, then between two groups, between dancers and music, and between dancers and a compelling set of lines. But throughout there is an explosion of aggression, fear and danger.

Wim Vandekeybus: “The intensity of moments when you don’t have a choice, when other things decide for you, like falling in love, or the second before the accident that has to happen; suddenly they appear, with no introduction, important for me because of their extremeness rather than for the significance to be given to them. The decision to use this as a basic material for a theatrical composition is at least a paradoxical challenge, considering a theatrical event as repeatable and controllable. Perhaps when all is said and done, the body doesn’t remember either and everything is a subtle illusion of lack which helps to define or exhaust the game.”

About the choreographer

Ultima Vez was founded in 1986 as the company and organisation of choreographer, director and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus. Since its foundation, Ultima Vez has intensively developed its activities as an international contemporary dance company with a strong base in Brussels and Flanders.
Cast & Credits

direction, choreography & scenography Wim Vandekeybus performed by Ricardo Ambrozio, Tanja Marín Fri<eth>jónsdóttir, Zebastián Méndez Marín, Aymara Parola, Maria Kolegova, Livia Balazova, Eddie Oroyan, Pavel Masek, Jorge Jauregui Allue original music Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch rehearsal Director Eduardo Torroja styling Isabelle Lhoas Assisted by Frédérick Denis technical coordination Davy Deschepper lighting design Francis Gahide
lighting on tour Davy Deschepper, Karin Demedts sound on tour Davy Deschepper, Bram Moriau, Tom Buys production Ultima Vez


with the support of Charleroi Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération ; Wallonie-Bruxelles Co-production KVS co-producers original performance Centro di Produzione Inteatro Polverigi, Festival de Saint-Denis, Festival d'Eté de Seine-Maritime, Toneelschuur Produkties Haarlem thanks to Louise De Neef, Benjamin Dandoy


Master Classes

MASTER CLASS with Cie Russell Maliphant

Friday 11th of April
11:00 am | Al- Madina Theatre | On stage

From 11 am to 1 pm

Russell Maliphant Company workshop led by Adam Kirkham and Carys Staton (3 hours long). Maliphant’s work is characterised by a unique approach to flow and energy and a focus on the relationship between movement, light and music. Improvisational tasks will be used to explore and highlight choreographic dynamics and diversity, encouraging and deepening awareness of structure through solo and duet movement material. The diverse background of the company means that the workshop incorporates an extensive range of disciplines from classical ballet, contact improvisation and yoga to capoeira, tai chi and the martial arts.

For registration, please call Maqamat: 01 34 38 34
MASTER CLASS / Ultima Vez repertory

Sunday 27th of April
11:00 am | Al-Madina Theatre | On stage

Participants explore and confront Vandekeybus’ energetic vocabulary through floor work, partner- and contact work, and movement as a ‘theatrical act’ rather than as a 'technique'. This workshop will also touch some elements of repertory of the company.

Level : Good physical shape and some physical training are requested. A dance background is not specifically required.
Maximum 20 to 25 people.
Age : no age limit
Clothes : sneakers and comfortable clothes 
Time: 11 am to 2 pm

For registration, please call Maqamat: 01 34 38 34



Maqamat Dance Theatre


Beiteddine Festivals | NOREGIAN EMBASSY (big) |  Ministry of Culture in Beirut | Al Madina Theatre |  Theatre Monnot | Métro Al Madina | British Council | Prohelvetia | Goethe Institute | Eunic | Instituto Cervantes Beirut | Institut Francais Beyrouth | Institut Francais Paris| Qattan Foundation   | Wallonie-Bruxelles Theatre/Danse- Wallonie-Bruxelles International  | AFAC | CAAR | Australian Council  |  NSW  | pro Helvetia  | AFAC  | Amadeus | L’Officina 

Media Partners

Annahar | Al Akhbar | Assafir | MTV | Agenda Culturel | Time Out Beirut | FIMP2 | Voix du Liban | Light fm


Warde | Crédit Libanais | Mini Cooper | Over the Counter | Dots | Verde Rosa | Cotton Candy | AddBloom SAL

Food & Beverage

Bardo |Bread Republic | Olio | Lux

Points of Sale

Antoine Ticketing

Point of Sale

Ticketing Info

Tickets on sale starting March 17th

At the door, two hours before each performance 

At Librairie Antoine, all branches:   
              ABC Achrafieh: 01 218 175 | 01 218 078 | 03 890 713
              Abc Dbayeh: 04 521 684 | 03 890 657
              Beirut Souks: 01 999 650 | 03 890 673
              Baabda: 05 952 872
              Hamra: 01 341 470/1

Ticket prices
20 000 LL for Students (at the door only), 
30.000 LL, & 40.0000 LL  

FESTIVAL GOLDEN PASS 100 USD for all the performances / FESTIVAL SILVER PASS 60 USD for a choice of 5 performances 

You can purchase your festival pass at Librairie Antoine and Maqamat : 01 343 834- 71616624