Silvia Gribaudi & Bassam Abou Diab

Creative residency supported by Maqamat


Residency: May 2018

This first residency took place within the framework of the Italian artist residency program that is being hosted by Maqamat Beit El Raqs in collaboration and with the support of MiBACT and the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Istituto Italiano de Cultura in Lebanon.


Out of Planet  
What can you say?
Being out of the planet 
But which planet?
Is it the one we inhabit, where we live?
Where we share spaces?
Is it our body, our mind?
More than ever, today one is looking for an image that is as far from oneself as possible.
The wish to be fake, visible.
Youtubers, Facebook, Instagram, talent shows: Got talent, Big brother, The X factor, The Voice, American Idol…
Every youngster should be a revelation 
What is left behind, after all this visibility?
What does it mean to be famous?
Who decides? When? How?
Who is famous today?
What is the essence of being seen? Loved? Acknowledged?
 Hello Youtubers! Here they come, into the fray! Here they are! The Out of planet!

performance dates

Tuesday 1st of May 2018
12:00 am | Maqamat Beit El Raqs- Institut Francais, Deir El Qamar

cast and credits

Bassam Abou Diab is a theatre graduate from the Lebanese University and a folklore and contemporary dance artist. He has been dancing with Omar Rajeh (Maqamat) for several years. He performed in Mushrooms and Fig Leaves, Hibr, That Part Of Heaven and Watadour. Bassam was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween in 2010 and 2011, then 2017 where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smith, Hooman Sharifi, Benoit Lachamre, Marco Cantalupo, Gilles Jobin, Kristina De Chatelle, Damien Jalet, Franceso Scavetta and Nacera Belazza just to name a few.  In addition to his theatrical work, Bassam is currently touring his latest creation, “Under the Flesh”. Bassam is an associated artist with Maqamat and supported by Maqamat and APAP for the project APAP 2020.

Silvia was born in Turin, and has been active as a performer for quite a while. Her choreographic language crosses performing art, dance and theatre, focusing on the research on body and on the relationship with the audience. Her poetics constantly resorts to dialogue and is embedded in the social and cultural framework where her performances develop. Her artistic language could be summarised as the encounter of dance with a raw, empathetic humour. Silvia Gribaudi’s works embody light-heartedness, irony and freedom.