“With good friends … and good food on the board … we may well ask, when shall we live if not now?” M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

Omar Rajeh | Maqamat with Koen Augustijnen, Anani Sanouvi, Moonsuk Choi, Ziad Ahmadie, Samir Nasr Eddine, Oussama Abdel Fattah & Youssef Hbeisch

Four choreographers and four musicians coming from Lebanon, Japan, Palestine, Belgium, and Togo are meeting onstage over a banquet of food. They are coming from different continents, cultures, and countries. They have different artistic experiences, with different backgrounds and ideas. What connects them is their profession. They talk, drink, laugh, dance, and eat together.

The simplicity of this meeting would be a starting point to a more complex choreographic and conceptual performance structure. 'Beytna' is a simple invitation to the home of the other; health, happiness, pleasure, compassion, and friendship. It is an invitation to the artist's profession and choreographic construction as much as it is to the forms and situations of the past.

Choreographed by: Koen Augustijnen, Omar Rajeh, Anani Sanouvi, and Moonsuk Choi Music Composition: Ziad Ahmadie, Youssef Hbeisch, Samir Nasr Eddine & Oussama Abdel Fattah Performed by: Koen Augustijnen, Ziad Ahmadie, May Bou Matar, Moonsuk Choi, Youssef Hbeisch, Samir Nasr Eddine, Omar Rajeh, Oussama AbdelFattah, Anani Sanouvi Percussion: Youssef Hbeisch Voice: Nohad Rajeh Scenography & costumes: Mia Habis Sound Engineer: Jean-Christophe Batut Lighting design: Victor Duran Manzano Tailor Georges Jamo Graphic design & video animation: Joe Elias/Nimslabs

Photos by: Photo by D.Matvejev | Jean Philipse

A production of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat ( 2016) - Co-produced by: BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Tanzquartier Wien, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, CCN de La Rochelle / Cie Accrorap-Direction Kader Attou, Theater im Pfalzbau-Ludwigshafen, and Fondazione Fabbrica Europa.

Beytna premiered in Tanzquartier Wien in April 2016 and toured until 2017 with the initial music group LE TRIO JOUBRAN


In each country/city, Beytna hosts a guest choreographer.

The piece is based on the idea of sharing , hospitality and gathering around food. However it is also an artistic gathering with different choreographers. The idea is to keep this principle also with different artists in different cities and share with them the food and the work.

Beytna had the pleasure to host the following choreographers since 2016:

Vidal Bini-Francois Chaignaud-Olga Mesa-Rafaele Giovanola-Endrass-Rosana Ter Steege-Maura Morales-Felix Landerer-Lotte Van Den Berg-Natalia Pieczuro-Delphine Jungman-Fanny Skura-Mascha Tielmans-Pierra Jovic-Léa Tirabasso-Patricia Cardin Mai-Regina Rossi-Ben Wichert-Agnina Seiko-Marius Pinignis-Marie-Caroline Hominal, Mia Habis, Hafiz Dhaou, Guy Nader, Nicolas Cantillon, Trixie Munyama, Chun Zhang, Dominika Knapik.