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OMAR RAJEH / MAQAMAT DANCE THEATRE, mit LE TRIO JOUBRAN, KOEN AUGUSTIJNEN, ANANI SANOUVI, HIROAKI UMEDA
BEYTNA (our home) - Artist's talk

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Record date: 06.04.2016

Venue: TQW / Halle G

In the frame of: TQW co-production

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“Choreographers from Lebanon, Japan, Belgium, and Togo meet onstage over a banquet. They come 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.” (Omar Rajeh)

 

 

In Lebanese, beytna is an invitation to someone’s home. Plunging into the other person’s world, the host’s. Food plays an essential role here. So too in the work by the Lebanese choreographer and dancer Omar Rajeh, who brings toget international colleagues around his table. Among others, the dancer and choreographer Koen Augustijnen from Les Balletts C de la B, Anani Dodji Sanouvi from Togo, and Hiroaki Umeda from Japan congregate. The shared meal becomes the hub of an analysis of tradition and its fragility. Rajeh’s invitation is directed at everything that does not connect the choreographers. The non-connecting, the differences in their life – artistic, social and cultural – are pushed to the fore. While cultural pluralism is falling into discredit in world-wide discourse and problems of our time are being blamed on it, Rajeh addresses and celebrates the polyphony of the many as many and creates a kaleidoscope of participation.

 

 

#Dance #Performance #Multitudo #WhatAllowsToExist? #Construction #Differences #LiveMusic

 

 

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Live Musik Le Trio Joubran

 


 

Credits

 

 

PERFORMANCE: Koen Augustijnen, May Bou Matar, Adnan Joubran, Samir Joubran, Wissam Joubran, Youssef Hbeischh, Omar Rajeh, Anani Dodji Sanouvi, Hiroaki Umeda

 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Koen Augustijnen, Omar Rajeh, Anani Dodji Sanouvi, Hiroaki Umeda

 

MUSIC, COMPOSITION: Le Trio Joubran

 

PERCUSSION: Youssef Hbeisch

 

VOCALS: Nohad Rajeh

 

STAGE DESIGN + COSTUMES: Mia Habis

 

TAILOR: Georges Jamo

 

LIGHT DESIGN: Jonathan Samuels

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN + VIDEO ANIMATION: Joe Elias/Nimslabs

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tony Elieh

 

CONCEPT, DIRECTION: Omar Rajeh

 

PRODUCTION: Maqamat Beit El Raqs

 

CO-PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien, BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Stadt Ludwigshafen am Rhein, CCN de LA Rochelle / Cie Accrorap-Direction Kader Attou, Theater im Pfalzbau-Ludwigshafen und Fondazione Fabbrica Europa

With the support of Bundeskanzleramt Österreich

 

Omar Rajeh, Omar Rajeh, choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre. His work, intense and powerful, has made an essential and significant contribution to the establishment of a contemporary dance scene in Lebanon. He established his company in Beirut in 2002 and since then he has toured locally and internationally.

www.maqamat.org

Koen Augustijnen has been working closely with Les Ballets C de la B since 1991, initially as a dancer in performances staged by Alain Platel. From 1997 till 2013 he was one of the dance company’s house choreographers. His principal training and work experience has been firmly rooted in his staging of performances as a member of Les Ballets C de la B. Apart from Les Ballets C de la B he often joins forces with theatre companies. As with Ivo Van Hove (Toneelgroep Amsterdam), Toneelgezelschap STAN and Chokri ben Chika to name but a few.

 


Choreographer and dancer Anani Dodji Sanouvi Choreographer and dancer has been hailed for his ability to assimilate different traditions and disciplines into his own dynamic language. His creations have toured worldwide in Theaters as well as in Museums and SiteSpecific Locations. Laureate of Unesco, Africa Center and the Rolex ‘Mentor andProtégé’ Initiative, he has also collaborated with artists such as Peter Sellars, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker and Lee Bong Kyo.

 

Hiroaki Umeda is a pluridisciplinary artist: choreographer, dancer, sound, image and lighting designer. His work is both minimal and radical,subtle and violent, and very much in touch with his contemporary Japanese roots. In

2000 Hiroaki Umeda founded his company S20 and has performed many of his dance pieces throughout the world. Hiroaki Umeda currently lives and works in Tokyo.

 

Le Trio Joubran, Samir, Wissam, and Adnan, accompanied by Youssef Hbeisch a sophisticated and unique oriental percussionist, have been enchanting their audiences through oudic virtuosity since 2004. Captivating local and international listeners with unparalleled and innovative compositions played on their handmade ouds by the artisan Wissam Joubran. Together they seek musical change and growth, influencing the global cultural scene and narrative about Palestine with their unique sound.

 

 

 

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