13th - 14th of April
2015 | Chouf, Lebanon
within BIPOD- Beirut International Platform of
With the support of Maqamat Beit El-Raqs, British Council and prohelvetia
In collaboration with Institut Francais Deir El-Qamar & Baakline National Library
LEYMOUN is a platform to showcase the work of talented young Arab artists in order to make their work visible for international presenters and dance producers. The success of the three previous editions has been well recognized and many young artists had been able to establish themselves and make use of the opportunity they have been granted. LEYMOUN's success in the three previous years has proved to create a continuously renewed level of understanding and approach that allowed more visibility, collaboration, networking and exchange between artists amongst themselves and international dance presenters. It has also established a ground for new conceptual and thematic approaches by opening discussions towards creating a new theoretical condition for the understanding of dance and the body within our cultural and social environment.
For this next edition, around 10 talented emerging dancers/ choreographers coming from different Arab countries will present and talk about their work, show their technical skills in a presentation that would be the result of a 3 days workshop, be part of round tables that will highlight on their present situation, needs and visions.
AMAL KHATIB (PALESTINE)
CHANTAL RABAY ( LEBANON)
FOUAD NAFILI (MOROCCO)
HABIB RAHME (LEBANON)
KAMAL AADISSA (MOROCCO)
JADD TANK ( LEBANON)
PIERRE GEAGEA ( LEBANON)
SHARAF DAR ZAID ( PALESTINE)
About MOULTAQA LEYMOUN
Leymoun- Arab Dance Platform was first created in BIPOD 2009
BIPOD initiated a very strong concept that aimed at establishing an Arab Contemporary Dance Platform and Network. Choreographers from all the Arab countries participated to present their work, attend lectures, workshops, and most importantly various meetings that discussed future collaborations, exchange and networking between them.
International guests and artists from all over the World took part in witnessing the beginning of this Platform and found interest in collaborating with many artists. This project was an exceptional opportunity for artists to meet and exchange ideas about dance and cultural issues related to ‘the body’ and ‘movement.’ It was directed towards enriching, widening, and making visible the creative and conceptual potential of Lebanese and Arab performers and ‘makers’. LEYMOUN presented a space to discuss contemporary concepts and dance development. It was a huge step closer towards creating a new definition and a stronger movement of dance in Arab Countries.
The three editions of the platform in 2009, 2011 and 2013 were a great success with the participation of more than three hundred artists, international presenters, festival directors, critics, and dance professionals.
The outcome of the three platforms was beyond expectations. Artists were invited to present their work internationally, to participate in residencies, to collaborate with other choreographers, and to be co-produced by international festivals and venues.