Danas, Mawt Sagheer, first movement ( Within BIPOD 2102)

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Danas, Mawt Sagheer, first movement ( Within BIPOD 2102)

Time: April 17, 2012 at 8:30pm to May 31, 2012 at 12pm
Location: Maqamat Dance House, Beirut, Lebanon
Street: Hamra Main Street
City/Town: Beirut
Website or Map: http://www.maqamat.org
Phone: +961 1 34 38 34
Event Type: contemporary, dance, performance
Organized By: MAQAMAT DANCE THEATRE
Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2012

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Event Description

Danas- Mawt Sagheer, first movement

ALI CHAHROUR/ EMILIE THOMAS (Lebanon / France) 

PERFORMANCE IN BEIRUT IS SUPPORTED BY: 

INSTITUT FRANCAIS LIBAN - MAQAMAT DANCE THEATRE

Tuesday 17th

7 pm Maqamat DanceHouse 

Duration:  55 minutes

About the choreographer

Ali Chahrour and Emilie Thomas Mansour began their collaboration in 2010 during Takween Collective through Maqamat Dance Theatre in Beirut. "On the Lips, Snow", Ali Chahrour’s first creation performed in duet with Emilie Thomas Mansour Ali Chahrour was presented in April 2011 during the Arab Dance Platform. The performance was programmed at Maqamat Dance House in September, October and November 2011 before touring in Holland for the Festival Dancing on the Edge in December 2011. "Danas. Mawt Saghir - First Movement " is their new creation.

Ali Chahrour was born in Beirut in 1989. He was graduated in Theater in 2010 from the Lebanese University Institute of Arts. He joined Maqamat Dance Theatre Company in 2008 and participated to many creations and touring in Europe (“The Assassination of Omar Rajeh”, “Mushrooms and Fig Leaves” premiered in Sharjah Biennale). Ali was invited to a residency at Sasha Waltz & Guests Company in Berlin in March 2011.

Emilie Thomas Mansour is a dancer, writer and researcher in comparative literature. She studied contemporary dance in France and collaborated with French choreographers Jean-Mars Matos, François Veyrune and Denis Plassard between 1999 and 2003. In 2010, she participated in Takween Beirut Contemporary Dance School, in collaboration with Sasha Waltz & Guests and joined the Lebanese company Maqamat Dance Theatre in 2011. 

About the performance

My sisters’ lamentations have raised in me the desire to dance

My mother is crying over my grave. Her sobs make me want to sing

Lying on top of me, a corpse. Its cold flesh and dying fluids try to seduce me, pulling my body in a perfect embrace, endless orgasm

Sighs and stifled tears gush from my father as if to masturbate over my picture faded by time

Danas exposes destitute bodies. Moving bodies in search of motivation, might it be a soul or anything that could make them reclaim their self-control. An instinctive quest for a meaning or a vanished reality. A reality condemned by religious texts and scientific progress. A reality whose only relief is to echo the farewell cries blaming its absence.

Danas inhabits the intimate moments of a buried body

A body in a mass grave, In a morgue, At the bottom of the ocean, A body lifted by men in a funeral procession, A cremated body, A stuffed body, A body without skeleton nor hips, A schizophrenic body, Amnesic

Decapitated at birth and ignored by history

Cast & Credits

Directed by Chahrour
Choreographed & performed by Ali Chahrour & Emilie Thomas Mansour
Voices: Layla Chahrour
Light design: Louise Parnel
Video: Jowe Harfouche
Co-production: Maqamat Dance House and Institut Français du Liban
Supported by Maqamat Dance Theatre, lnstitut Français du Liban and the French Embassy in Beirut
Special thanks to: Omar Rajeh, Mia Habis, Omar Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddeen, Jowe Harfouche

Support

BIPOD/ Maqamat Dancehouse

Website

www.maqamat.org

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