Four choreographers and four musicians coming from Lebanon, Japan, Palestine, Belgium, and Togo are meeting onstage over a banquet of food.
Beytna (Home) is a simple invitation to the home of the other, a unique performance that celebrates hospitality and sharing of food and artistic and choreographic ideas as the performers talk, drink, laugh, dance, and prepare food together.
Around a table piled with food, the dancers help prepare a meal, which is shared with the audience. But the experience also serves as a starting point for more complex choreographic explorations, as the four dancers bring their own artistic expression to the table. The work is inspired by the Sunday meals at the Lebanon home of choreographer Omar Rajeh’s grandfather, where the whole family would gather to have lunch, drink and dance.
Concept and choreography: Omar Rajeh In collaboration with: Koen Augustijnen, Anani Sanouvi & Hiroaki Umeda Performed by: Omar Rajeh, Koen Augustijnen, Anani Sanouvi, Jihun Choi, May Bou Matar, Joss Turnbull, Ziad Ahmadie, Afif Abou Merhej, Imad Al Ballani Music composition: Ziad Ahmadie, Samir Nasreddine, Youssef Hbeisch Voice: Nohad Rajeh Scenography and costumes: Mia Habis Sound engineer: Philippe Balzé Light designer: Victor Duran Manzano Technical director: Christian François Graphic design and video animation: Joe Elias Nimslabs Administrator: Jean-Louis Pagnon Coproduced by: BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Tanzquartier Wien, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, CCN de La Rochelle / Cie Accrorap-Direction Kader Attou, Theater im Pfalzbau- Ludwigshafen and Fondazione Fabbrica Europa.
Maqamat is supported by the DGCA/ Ministère de la Culture in France and la Ville de Lyon