Why do you do what you do?
Since 2002, I discovered that I don't want anything in life except being on stage and act.
I enjoy being on stage, discovering new characters and searching for new ideas and ways to improve myself.
Through this place, I became more sensitive and more aware about my body. I learned that my body is a way to express and to talk on stage and I reach a stage in which theater, acting and dance became a necessary part of my life.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
art is born by Mother Nature. It's the mirror of the society, its culture, past and present. That's why everything is happening is the dynamo to any theatrical piece.
It's been a while since I've working on the relation between the body's memory and its relation with situation that is happening.
I worked on the memory that is damaged by the consecutive wars and how this memory can control the body in my home country Lebanon and all the MENA region counties.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
I also studied how the body moves and creates a new ways for moving related to the inherited culture; however, I'm facing some problems in finding places to test and rehearse because of they are rare and there's not a lot of people who help or fund such initiatives except for few private companies that's why my work takes a thinking part before the applicable one.
When u live in the society and u live each problem by it self and all its forms, your relation with the society becomes more build up.
This relation will be more honest especially when it comes to expressing yourself as a human before being an artist.
The audience know all the society's situations that's why they wait for a good way to talk about those situations especially in a modern and creative way.
Bassam Abou Diab
Bassam Abou Diab is a theater graduate from the Lebanese University and a folklore and contemporary dance artist.
He has been dancing with Omar Rajeh|Maqamat for several years.
He performed in: “Mushrooms and Fig Leaves”, “Hibr”, “That Part of Heaven” and “Watadour”.
He was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween in 2010 and 2011, where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smith, Luc Dunberry, Marco Cantalupo, Anani Dodji, Sanouvi, Radhouane El Meddeb, Jens Bjerregard, Kristina De Chatelle, Damien Jalet and Franceso Scavetta.
Bassam has also performed in theater plays in Lebanon with directors such as Ossama Halal, Rouaida al Ghali, Badih Abou Chakra and Malek Andary.