The Odor of Elephants after the Rain

The Odor of Elephants After the Rain is a dance film presented within a solo dance and lecture performance.

The piece relates to a body searching for its space, environment, and shelter.

A personal but also political and social solo performance by Omar Rajeh. A dance solo, a film, and a talk on stage questioning the essence of pain, how do we communicate such a feeling and how do we feel the pain of others.

For Omar Rajeh, these questions started with the forced dismantling of Citerne Beirut, a cultural centre in the heart of the city, in August 2019, followed by the political and economic collapse in Lebanon, the Covid-19 global crisis, and finally the tragic port explosion in August 2020 that destroyed half of the city of Beirut, killing and injuring thousands. All of these incidents together with news of unrest, demonstrations, unfortunate accidents, and inequality all over the World, proposes a question of our own architecture as humans in crisis, our thoughts and behavior, reflections of reality and/or those of a destroyed one.

A production of Maqamat | Omar Rajeh Film commissioned and co-produced by the Edinburgh International Festival, with funding from the British Council Co-produced by CN D Centre national de la danse à Lyon Supported by Maison de la Danse, Lyon dans le cadre d’une mise à disposition studio, CCN2 –Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, dans le cadre de l’accueil studio, Tanzfabrik Berlin in the frame of apap - Performing Europe / Production Studio Berlin / EU Creative Europe Programme", D Beirut, Forum de Beirut, Citerne Beirut

Special thanks to all friends, families and children that contributed to the creation of this film.

performance dates and touring

Thursday 14th of October 2021
10:00 pm |

cast and credits

Concept & choreography Omar Rajeh 

Music composition (stage) Joss Turnbull 

Technical Director & Light design Christian François 

Technician Blandine Laennec 

Administrator Bruno Viguier 

Film Directed by Selim Mourad 

Music composition Charbel Haber 

Director of Photography Talal Khoury 

Editor Sandra Fatte 

Sound Design Rana Eid 

Dancers Mia Habis - Charlie Prince- Omar Rajeh 

Guest Speaker Rana Khoury 

Additional Camera Anthony Faye/ Danc.Cin.Lab. 

Executive Producer Tarte aux Poires Experiential /Ricky Dakouny- Michael Hanna 

Colorist Chrystel Elias 

Assistant Editor Dikranouhi Kurkjian 

Sound Artist Marita Sbeih Foley 

Recording Patrick Chakar Foley 

 Re-recording Mixe Lama Sawaya 

1st Assistant Camera Luna Abi Raad 

Drone Operator Kameel Rayyes 

On-Set Sound Patrick Chakar 

Key Production Assistant Adel Serhal 

Post-Production Lucid