Curated Showcase

Omar Rajeh and Mia Habis, Artistic Directors Citerne Beirut / Maqamat

  • 28 August
    15:30 – 17:30
  • tanzhaus nrw | Studio 2
  • Wheelchair Access Impaired mobility
  • Duration: 120min

Curated Showcase East Mediterranean & North Africa

Curated by: Omar Rajeh and Mia Habis, Artistic Directors Citerne Beirut / Maqamat

Citerne Beirut has curated a mosaic of dance artists presenting works that are voicing and questioning deep cultural and political concerns about the body, its presence and/or absence. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic that had a clear impact on culture, it seems inevitable to acknowledge the need to reassess previous cultural dynamics and aspire new ways and meanings of engagement. It is essential to think of cultural and artistic exchanges in their deepest essence of sharing, equality, inspiration and progress. There is a strong need to re-visit keywords and consider their meaning in depth. How can we deepen the understanding of everyday concepts and discussions? How can we shift such discussions into strategic and existing actions? How can we link the presence of the body and/or its absence to words such as solidarity, vulnerability, difference, powerlessness, supremacy, domination, racism, fanaticism, conservatism and exclusion?

Omar Rajeh & Mia Habis

Yara Boustany (LB)


Choreography: Yara Boustany

(Un)knot is a dance-theater performance exploring the potential of rewiring our minds and bodies. In the pursuit of a disciplined and controlled society, sparks of dynamism and life force have been dampened and tied up. This piece looks at untangling these knots and rekindling wild creativity.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: AFAC - Arab Fund for Culture



Charlie Prince (NL/LB)

Cosmic A*

Choreography: Charlie Prince

Cosmic A* is a solo work that observes the body as an archaeological space, and engages this body in rituals of excavation – revealing new and unbound mythologies – allowing for a limitless agency of self-representation and rootedness. It is a somatic unfurling – a giving back to and ascending of the body to new territories of itself, of centaurs and hybrids within.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: Charleroi Danse, Rencontres Choreographique Internationales de Seine St.Denis, Omar Rajeh - Maqamat, VIA Danse - Centre Choreographique National de Franche - Comté à Belfort, TanzHeilbronn



Mitra Ziaeekia (MaHa Dance Project) and Hiva Sedaghat (IR)

Azi Dahaka

Choreography: Mitra Ziaeekia and Hiva Sedaghat

Zahak – known to be an evil figure in Persian mythology – takes on the form of Azi Dahaka in ancient Persian folklore. This tale of Azi Dahaka is one in which a man with human qualities, shape shifts into a terrifying brain-eating dragon, as soon as he is faced with pain, agony, sorrow and fear. It is within this myth that Mitra and Hiva locate themselves, taking the audience into the dark atmosphere of a human’s slow transformation into a monster.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: Maqamat / BIPOD with the support of APAP - Advancing Performing Arts Projects


Bassam Abou Diab (LB)

Under the flesh

Choreography: Bassam Abou Diab

Under the Flesh is a contemporary dance performance that raises the question of the role of the body in situations of war. How can the body reaction to a death threat, originating from our survival instinct, transform into a dance? A dance based on imaginary rules and techniques that have been meticulously conceived like a fairytale that helps overcoming the war machine. A personal story is told, the story of a body that outlived four consecutive wars.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: Maqamat Beit el Raqes


Sharaf DarZaid (PS)

Love in the time of Apartheid

Choreography: Sharaf DarZaid

A contemporary dance solo for a Palestinian dancer Sharaf Darzaid. His story is like the one of lots of other Palestinians who married a non-Palestinian citizen. The show talks about a law that deprives the Palestinians of the freedom to choose a partner. The show raises the issue of "reunification" in a creative, critical and artistic way, which does not relinquish form for the sake of content but its strength lies in the creative combination of the two.



Stephanie Kayal (LB)

Evidence of Things Not Seen (work in progress)

Choreography: Stephanie Kayal

Phantom Limb Syndrome is a condition in which a person experiences sensations, whether pain or otherwise, in a limb that does not exist; a false consolation that an amputated limb is still attached. Evidence of Things Not Seen is a dance performance about home, and the sensation of its presence and its loss. A performance gazing at the body, be it static or in movement, as the last remaining refuge of intimacy and safety.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: Cultural Resource, Sundance Institute - Theater Program 2020


Cie Chantiers Publics/Hamdi Dridi (FR/TN)

Acte(s) et sueurs

Choreography: Hamdi Dridi

In his latest work Actes et Sueurs Hamdi Dridi uses "the perception of the audience as a tool for abstraction and fiction". Two dancers and three technicians create a mobile space in which they negotiate, assert, manifest, dance, speak, manipulate, listen, decide. Dridi creates a performative-choreographic soundscape that invites the audience to view life as a performance space that is transformed into physical, plastic and sonic energy.

Funders, Supporters, Co-Producers: ICI CCN Montpellier Occitanie, Viadanse - CCN de Bourgogne Franche Comté à Belfort, CNDC Angers, La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse-Occitanie, La Maison - CDCN Uzès - Gard-Occitanie, Ballet National de Marseille - CCN – Marseille, Montpellier Danse, Ministère de la Culture - Drac Occitanie, la Région Occitanie - Pyrénées/Méditerranée, Institut Français à Paris, la Fabrik Nomade / Multi Art Factory - Toulon