A collaboration project between Maqamat Dance Theatre/Omar Rajeh ( Lebanon) and Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre (Switzerland). The two companies worked for a month and a half process in Bern, regrouping 3 dancers from Lebanon and 4 dancers from Switzerland.
«Words shape our understanding of the world around us.» The words, which are available to us, influence our thoughts and thus what we may say. We see and experience life with the words, which we use to think and speak. But what happens when words collide with bodies? The energy which is released by the collision of bodies and words is the starting point and the driving force behind «HIBR» a dance production titled after the Arabic word for ink. «HIBR» is the first creative collaboration between the two choreographers Omar Rajeh (artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre, Beirut) and Marcel Leemann (artistic director of Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater, Bern). «HIBR» continues telling the story after mere words have given up, and describes things which language fails to capture
Choreography Omar Rajeh & Marcel Leemann Concept Omar Rajeh Performed by Azusa Nishimura, Bassam Bou Diab, Christos Strinopoulos, Irene Andreetto, Ismael Oiartzabal, Jadd Tank, & Mia Habis Music Composition Mahmoud Turkmani & Pablo Palacio Sound Design Pablo Palacio Lighting Design Jonas Bühler Costumes Mia Habis Production Management Annette von Goumoëns Photos Raphael Brand
A production of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat ( 2013) & Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater
Co-produced by Dampfzentrale Bern & BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance
With the kind support of Kultur Stadt Bern, Swisslos Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros kulturprozent, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretengesellschaft, AFAC-The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Beirut