Omar Rajeh - Maqamat


Is it possible for an entire city to die, along with its values, history and culture? Could a dead city ever be revived? For a thousand years, the minaret of the Great Mosque in Aleppo rose over the largest city in Syria. Today, only ruins stand in its place. #minaret, a performance by the Lebanese choreographer Omar Rajeh, one of the most acclaimed dance artists in the Middle East, is an act of resistance against the destruction of one of the oldest cities on Earth, combining contemporary dance with visual arts and the musical tradition of Aleppo. #minaret takes us into the heart of the ravaged city, digging up its cultural and artistic heritage and confronting us with the meaning of catastrophe today, as we are inundated on a daily basis with numbing images of decimation of entire cities. Rajeh draws on the memories of the destruction of his home city, Beirut, seeking the thread connecting contemporary Aleppo with the ruined cities of the past. Since 2002, Rajeh and his group Maqamat have been instrumental in the development of contemporary dance in the Middle East, organising the BIPOD (Beirut International Platform of Dance) festival, currently on its 16th edition.

25 June / Post-performance talk with the choreographer