Beirut International Platform Of Dance - BIPOD 2018
Organized by Maqamat
11 to 27 April 2018 | Beirut, Lebanon
The apap artists at Bipod 2018:
- ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR (Iceland): IBM 1401, a User´s Manual (in memoriam)
12 April at 8:30 pm
Erna Ómarsdóttir worked with Jan Fabre, Ballet C De la B, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui before focusing on her own choreographic and performative work which includes IBM 1401, We are all Marlene Dietrich for, Transaquania, Black Marrow, Shrine, Dies Irae (video), Union of the North (film) and At Dusk. In 2008 Erna founded Shalala, together with Valdimar Jóhannsson. The pair also form a theatrical band called LAZYBLOOD. Erna Ómarsdóttir has worked closely with visual artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and musicians Björk, SigurRós, Ólöf Arnalds Jóhann Jóhannsson and Ben Frost. She is currently artistic director of the Iceland Dance Company.
About the performance 'IBM 1401 - A User's Manual':
IBM 1401 - A User´s Manual is based around the story of the first computer to come to Iceland, in 1964. The piece blends dance movements with a set-design and music that reflects themes of techno-nostalgia/discarded technology, nurture, human and artificial intelligence, and sexuality. The choreography uses elements of the body as machine and dance as a mysterious, uncanny and intangible energy, much like electricity. The choreography explores both mechanical movements and organic movements and juxtaposes the two, seeking to find the link between them.
- CHARLIE PRINCE & HOOR MALAS (Lebanon/Syria): Taraneem
13 April 2018 at 7pm
Charlie Prince is a Lebanese free-lance artist currently based in Europe. He has worked as a performer with Ballet BC, Cie Alias, Marie Chouinard. Charlie is artist in residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam and his artistic work o is supported by Maqamat and APAP for the project APAP 2020.
Hoor Malas is a Syrian contemporary dancer born in Damascus. She completed her B.A in dance at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in 2007 where she now teaches. In 2006, she co-founded the Sima Dance Company in Damascus.
About the Performance 'Taraneem':
Before an orchestra plays - their instruments must be tuned to one another. ‘Taraneem’ explores this act of instrumental tuning as translated to the human body.
Four bodies emerge in one space - to engage in the journey of connecting - of understanding the frequency that binds them invisibly and metaphysically.
What does a tuned body look like? How does this body resonate in space? How does this body meet another within the same understanding of a larger frequency?
And once they do meet- where do they go from there?
- BASSAM ABOU DIAB (Lebanon): Of What I Remember
14 April 2018 at 7pm
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 Dance Theatre for several years, performing in “Mushrooms and Fig Leaves”, “Hibr”, “That Part of Heaven” and “Watadour”. He was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smith, Luc Dunberry to name a few. In addition to his theatrical work, Bassam is currently touring his latest creation, “Under the Flesh”.
About the Performance 'Of What I Remember':
Of what I remember reflects the rituals of death and birth in the Lebanese society in general and in the Druze community in particular. Introducing linguistic and musical vocabulary associated with these rituals through transforming them into a theatrical style based on traditional social events, the work explores the ideas of reincarnation that exist within the Druze community. Similar to the movement of planets, stars, and earth, the performance begins before its beginning and doesn’t ever end.
STUDIO PRESENTATIONS MOULTAQA LEYMOUN ARTISTS at 11am
MOVIE SCREENING AND TALK
“So-City of Spectacle“ by Maryam Bagheri Nesami + Sina Saberi (IR) – Kahkeshān Project
14 April 2018 at 12 noon
Coming from a background in Literature, Teaching & Communication, apap artists Sina Saberi discovered performing arts in 2012. He helped establish and co-found an independent dance collective called MaHa alongside 7 other young artists in Tehran. MaHa has had several successful dance creations in Iran (including Iran’s first Body Movement Festival in March 2016) some of which currently touring around the world. The artistic work of Sina is supported by Maqamat and APAP for the project APAP 2020. His artistic journey is inspired much by the urgency of the performing arts in initiating cultural dialogues. In terms of movement, Sina is curious about the (minimum) 40-year gap that there is in the existence of the art form of dance in Iran and wonders what contemporary Persian dance might be. He relies on notions from the ancient Persian culture and how they might still be relevant, today. in December 2017 he founded KAHKESHĀN; an initiative dedicated to dance. He still works as an adviser for various projects within the dance community of Iran such as MaHa and IPAC (Iranian Performing Arts Community).
STUDIO PRESENTATIONS MOULTAQA LEYMOUN ARTISTS at Friday, April 13, 11am
Programme overview BIPOD 2018
- Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
SOL PICÓ (ES) – We Women
- Thursday 12 April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR (IS) – IBM 1401, a User´s Manual (in memoriam)
- Friday 13 April 2018 at 19h00 - D BEIRUT
CHARLIE PRINCE & HOOR MALAS (LB|SY) – Taraneem
- Friday 13 April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
HAMDI DRIDI (TU) – Tu Meur(s) de Terre
YARA BOUSTANY (LB) – ēvolvō
- Saturday 14 April 2018 at 19h00 - D BEIRUT
BASSAM ABOU DIAB (LB) – Of What I Remember
- Saturday 14 April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
MITRA ZIAE KIA & HIVA SEDAGHAT (IR) – Through The Skin
- Saturday 14 April 2018 at 21h30 – SURSOCK MUSEUM
OUTDOORS PERFORMANCE - SARAH GABR (EG) – Rebound
- Sunday 15 April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
HAMDI DRIDI (TU) – I Listen (You) See
YAZAN IWIDAT (PS) – Running Away
- Tuesday 17, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
CRISTIANA MORGANTI (IT) – Jessica and Me
- Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 19h00 - D BEIRUT
Double Bill :
ANNAMARIA AJMONE (IT) – Trigger
JACOPO JENNA (IT) – Choreographing Rappers
- Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 21h00 - D BEIRUT
SILVIA GRIBAUDI (IT) – R.OSA
- Thursday 19, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
SCARLETT’S/ RUTH CHILDS (USA/CH) – Pastime/Carnation/Museum Piece By Lucinda Childs
- Friday 20, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
ALDES / ROBERTO CASTELLO (IT) - In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni
- Sunday 22, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
WEE / FRANCESCO SCAVETTA (NO) – Lost Accidentally
- Tuesday 24, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
ANNA KONJETSKY (DE) – Wah Wah
- Friday 27, April 2018 at 20h30 - D BEIRUT
ISRAEL GALVÁN (SP) – FLA.CO.MEN
WORKSHOPS, TALKS, EXHIBITIONS
Friday 13 April 2018
- STUDIO PRESENTATIONS MOULTAQA LEYMOUN ARTISTS at 11h00 - D BEIRUT
Ghida Hachicho (LB), Sina Saberi (IR), Hamza Damra (PS)
- STUDIO PRESENTATIONS &TALKS at 17h00
Omar Rajeh – Maqamat #Minaret
- LECTURE WITH STEFAN KAEGI at 15h00
Saturday 14 April 2018
- STUDIO PRESENTATIONS MOULTAQA LEYMOUN ARTISTS at 11h00 - D BEIRUT
Nivine Kallas (LB), Oussama Cherief (DZ) & Sharaf DarZaid (PS)
Bassam Abou Diab (LB) & Jacopo Jenna (IT)
- MOVIE SCREENING AND TALK at 12h00 - D BEIRUT
“So-City of Spectacle“ by Maryam Bagheri Nesami
+ Sina Saberi (IR) – Kahkeshān Project
- DISCUSSION PANEL at 15h00 - D BEIRUT
“We Women, The Inside Story" with Asma Andraos, Hania Mroue
Taghreed Darghout, Georgette Gebara, Nayla de Freige & Nadine Touma
Moderated By Nayla Tamraz
Sunday 15 April 2018
TAKREEM – Georgette Gebara at 11h00 – TBA
Friday 20 April 2018
WORKSHOP – SCARLETT’S /RUTH CHILDS at 11h00 - D BEIRUT
Friday 27 April 2017
BIPOD 2018 EXHIBITION – MYRIAM BOULOS at 22h00 - D BEIRUT
Please visit the website for the detailed festival programme: www.maqamat.org