OMAR RAJEH | MAQAMAT
choreographer, dancer, and artistic director
“[Omar Rajeh] makes contemporary dance a proposal of force in present day Lebanon” - Thomas Hahn, DANSER, 2018
Omar Rajeh, a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer, is a leading figure of the contemporary dance in the Arab world. He founded Maqamat in Beirut in 2002 and implemented the company in Lyon in December 2019 to ground his repertoire there and continue to create and develop projects in France.
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.
He is the founder of the digital cultural platform Citerne.live