#minaret | Omar Rajeh - Maqamat
About The Company
Omar Rajeh, a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer, is a leading figure of the contemporary dance in the Arab world. Cut from the fabric of Lebanese culture, Rajeh has spent over 17 years weaving, exploring and refining his choreographic language by questioning the notion and zeitgeist regarding the body. His works expose a rawness and intuitive dramaturgy surrounding the idea of body-plurality, asking of both the performer and audience to question and break the perception of oneness and singularity. We are not just one body, we are many and all.
Based in Beirut, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat has performed over 19 choreographic works in major European, regional and international theatres and festivals. Seeking an extraordinary physical presence through vigorous movements with strong socio-political connections, Rajeh’s choreographies leave a powerful imprint on the audience, while subsequently shifting and contributing to the contemporary dance scene in Lebanon.
Omar Rajeh is the founder of Beirut International Platform of Dance - BIPOD, and the co-founder of Masahat Dance Network which is a regional contemporary dance network across Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. This ambitious regional connection was further extended into the MOULTAQA LEYMOUN platform, which Rajeh created to provide the space and opportunity for young and established Arab artists to showcase and develop their work. Furthermore, Omar Rajeh has recently founded the highly anticipated new performing arts space in the heart of Beirut - Citerne Beirut - which is set to nurture and further propel the existing projects of Maqamat towards an enriched experience, while reaching a wider audience than ever before.
About The Performance
“For nearly 1,000 years the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo soared above Syria's largest city. It now lies in ruins. The once existing 'monument' represented the city's soul. A monumental portrayal of the cultural, the social, the historical and the religious, it stood witness to countless generations of gatherings. With an eclectic range of artists, #minaret proposes a core question of our everyday life. How do we position ourselves, resist ‘numbing’, and face the images of destruction and confiscation of entire cities and the daily violation of human intimacy and privacy?”
After it’s world premiere at the 2018 Romaeuropa Festival, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat is thrilled to present #minaret for the opening of it’s new performance space, Citerne Beirut. Later on this year, #minaret will have its international tour starting this summer at the Athens Festival, Julidans, Boulevard Festival, the Moscow Dance Inversion International Contemporary Festival, followed by SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Utrecht.
على مدى قرابة ألف سنة، ارتفعت مئذنة الجامع الأموي الكبير في حلب فوق أكبر مدينة في سوريا. في نيسان ٢٠١٣ دمّرت بالكامل.
هذا المعلم الثمين كان إنعكاس لروح المدينة. وكأنه نصبٌ تذكاري للمدينة ببعدها التاريخي والحضاري وقيمتها الاجتماعية والدينية والثقافيه. مثّلت روح المدينة كمعلماً وشاهداً للزمن على حلب وجموعها وناسها.
مع مجموعة مميزه من الفنانين، يطرح عرض #ميدنه أو #minaret سؤالاً أساسياً في حياتنا اليومية ويسائل عدم قدرتنا على المبادرة. كيف نتموضع ونقاوم "الخدر" والإنكفاء، ونواجه صور الدمار ومصادرة مدن بأكملها والانتهاك اليومي لحميمية الإنسان وخصوصياته؟
Cast & Credits
Concept & Choreography Omar Rajeh - Music Composition Mahmoud Turkmani & Pablo Palacio - Performed by Antonia Kruschel, Charlie Prince, Mia Habis, Moonsuk Choi, Omar Rajeh, Yamila Khodr - Live Music by Joss Turnbull (percussion), Mahmoud Turkmani (oud), Pablo Palacio (interactive sonifcation), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud)- Real Time Movement Analysis Technology Instituto Stocos- Voice Naim Asmar- Lighting Guy Hoare- Video artist Ygor Gama / Dafne Narvaez Berlfein- Drone operator Hadi Bou Ayash - Costumes Mia Habis- Technical director Christian Francois- Sound engineer Philippe Balzé / Jean -Christophe Batut- Stage manager Salim Abou Ayash / Samah Tarabay- Tour Manager Jadd Tank
A production of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat- Co-produced by Romaeuropa Festival, BIPOD, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden with the support of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Charleroi danse-centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tanzmesse nrw and apap – advancing performing arts project- Dance floor kindly supplied by Harlequin Flooring