For the opening of BIPOD 2020 the directors of the Beirut International Platform of Dance, Mia Habis & Omar Rajeh, would like to address their audience on this 16th edition, which is taking place in very special circumstances and times. They will be joined by dance activist Peggy Olislaegers who accompanied Omar and Mia through the whole concept of this year's edition, sharing a space for thoughts and the three of them wanted to extend the invitation to all the guests speakers of BIPOD 2020. On this opening, 10 international guest artists will individually share a concern about culture, society, dance, thought, risk, and relationships. Simultaneous translation available FR/EN.
Maqamat moved to Lyon in 2020 in the perspective of developing its creative and cultural projects in France and internationally. The company counts more than twenty choreographic creations in its repertoire and enjoys great recognition around the world. Maqamat was initially founded in 2002 in Beirut by choreographer Omar Rajeh. It emerged as a major organization in the creation and establishment of a contemporary dance scene in Lebanon and the region. Maqamat has founded major dance projects such as BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Takween, an intensive training program, Moultaqa Leymoun, a showcase platform supporting artists from different Arab countries and more recently the online platform Citerne.live.
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