Beirut-based choreographer and dancer Omar Rajeh presents a micro to macro view of his home city, featuring a solo dance performance.
For this Dancing in the Streets live event, Beirut-based dancer and choreographer Omar Rajeh will give a lecture as well as perform his solo dance, which is taken from his specially commissioned International Festival film, The Odor of Elephants after the Rain.
This film documents his home city, first at a macro level and then at the micro, gently observing the structures, streets and people that make Beirut tick. It provides a multi-layered backdrop for three solo performances – from Rajeh and two of his dancers – that are characteristically hypnotic. Expect to feel the pulse of Beirut and be immersed in its culture and the issues affecting its people.
Dancing in the Streets is a series of films from the streets of cities around the world. Edinburgh International Festival has commissioned four of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers, Alice Ripoll from Rio de Janeiro, Omar Rajeh from Beirut, Gregory Maqoma from Soweto and Janice Parker from Edinburgh, to create short films with their dancers, responding to the past year and reflecting on their relationship with their home cities.
Join each choreographer as they present their film for the very first time, hosted by choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie (recently appointed Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella International Festival - London).
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Omar Rajeh Choreographer
Freddie Opoku-Addaie Host
Omar Rajeh Concept & choreography
Selim Mourad Director
Talal Khoury Director of Photography
Sandra Fatte Editor
Charbel Haber Music composition (film )
Joss Turnbull Music composition (stage )
Rana Eid Sound Design
Mia Habis - Charlie Prince- Omar Rajeh Dancers
Rana Khoury Guest Speaker
Tarte aux Poires/ Ricky Dakouny- Michael Hanna Executive Producer
Chrystel Elias Colorist
Dikranouhi Kurkjian Assistant Editor
Anthony Faye Second Camera
Marita Sbeih Foley Sound Artist
Patrick Chakar Foley Recording
Lama Sawaya Re-recording Mixer
Luna Abi Raad 1st Assistant Camera
Kameel Rayyes Drone Operator
Patrick Chakar On-Set Sound
Adel Serhal Key Production Assistant
A production of Maqamat
Omar Rajeh Film commissioned and co-produced by the Edinburgh International Festival, with funding from the British Council/ August 2021
Co-produced by Centre national de la danse à Lyon
Maison de la Danse, Lyon dans le cadre d’une mise à disposition studio
CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, dans le cadre de l’accueil studio
Tanzfabrik Berlin in the frame of apap - Performing Europe / Production Studio Berlin / EU Creative Europe Programme
Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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