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Takween 2011! Deadline for the Applications in 2 Days!

This is a reminder: Deadline to apply for Takween is Thursday June 30th.
Make sure to send your application form to Maqamat Dance Theatre if you haven’t done so already!
info@maqamat.org
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Join us in the Dance! Applications are Open for Takween 2011!

Maqamat Dance Theatre would like to announce that it is accepting applications for Takween 2011.
For more information and to receive the application forms, please email info@maqamat.org or contact Maqamat Dance Theatre

The deadline to apply is JUNE 30, 2011.

JOIN US IN THE DANCE!

Promising Professional Start for Takween Collective at the Arab Dance Platform

“Contemporary dance blooms in Beirut’s Arab Spring”
The Independent UK

“Dans un pays aussi dynamique qu’est le Liban sur le plan artistique, BIPOD fait figure d’avant-garde et entraine dans son sillage toute une génération d’artistes plein de vie et d’envies”

Agenda Culturel

After almost 3 amazing weeks of contemporary dance, BIPOD (Beirut International Platform of Dance) ended with a great performance created by Gilles Jobin leaving the audience with a mixed feeling: satisfaction and impatience. Satisfaction because BIPOD team has achieved an amazing work; impatience because one year seems too long to wait for the next edition… However, Maqamat Theatre Dance never stops working to “infuse Beirut with Culture” and the effervescence is still palpable in the office even 20 days after the festival.

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Promising Professional Start for Takween Collective at the Arab Dance Platform

One of the achievements of Maqamat Theatre Dance this year is the organization of the Arab Dance Platform which welcomed more than 100 presenters coming from all over the world to meet Arab dancers and choreographers. Takween Collective was well represented in the ADP with 3 studio presentations and 4 performances achieving a promising professional start.

“On the lips, snow” by Ali Chahrour

Bruno Ruffini BR©2011


Bruno Ruffini BR©2011

“Flash” by Clara Sfeir

Bruno Ruffini BR©2011

“I drank the sea and my fire still burns” by Aurelien Zouki

Bruno Ruffini BR©2011


Bruno Ruffini BR©2011

“Not Connected” by Bassam Abu Diab

Bruno Ruffini BR©2011

Studio presentations:

“A line between two squares” by Yendi Nammour

“The Virtual Image” by Mahmoud Rabiey

Bruno Ruffini BR©2011

“Attack On…” by Anne Gough

The Arab Dance Platform Starts Tonight

After a first week of amazing performances – especially “Out of Context for Pina”, impressive and unforgettable creation by Alain Platel and Les Ballets C de la B, we liked as well William Forsythe Chamber Work, Chunky Move and “Falling Grace” by Cie. Linga (Marco Cantalupo was one of the teaching choreographers during Takween 2010) – BIPOD continues with the launching, tonight Wednesday 20th of April, of the Arab Dance Platform.


The Sleepers
Anmar Taha / Iraqi Bodies ( Iraq/Sweden)
7pm/Monnot


Permanent State of a Transitory Phase
Mia Habis / Maqamat Dance Theatre (Lebanon)
8pm/Al-Madina


Le Temps Scellé
Nacera Belaza / Cie. Nacera Belaza (Algeria/France)
8.30pm/Al-Madina


The Smell of the City
Mohammad Shafik / Homma (Egypt)
10pm/Babel

Arab Dance Platform Program

Don’t Miss the Opening of BIPOD this Thursday!

N.N.N.N. | THE VILE PARODY OF ADDRESS
WILLIAM FORSYTHE’S CHAMBER WORKS (GERMANY)
THURSDAY 14TH OF APRIL
8.30 PM | AL-MADINA THEATRE

IN COOPERATION WITH THE GOETHE INSTITUTE

Full program

Takween Collective part of BIPOD 2011

For the second year, Takween Collective will be part of BIPOD -Beirut International Platform of Dance.
Takween Collective satisfies two major objectives of the project founded and organized by Maqamat — sustainability and the development of strong regional foundations for exchange, networking and the researching of new creative directions. The combined effort is not only a milieu for regional and international exchange, but also acts as a shared platform for the presentation of the works created by the emerging young talents. The participants of TAKWEEN-BCD 2010 will join in this shared effort to further establish, consolidate and celebrate contemporary dance in the Arab region and beyond.

Arab Dance Platform Program
BIPOD Program

BIPOD – Beirut International Platform of Dance 2011 & The Arab Dance Platform

Maqamat Dance Theatre is proud to announce the 7th edition of BIPOD – Beirut International Platform of Dance 2011. This year the program is expected to be one of the best since Beirut will welcome internationally acclaimed contemporary dance companies from April, 14 until April, 30.

Moreover, selected Contemporary Dance Choreographers from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, and Morocco along with Takween Collective participants, will present their works during the second edition of the Arab Dance Platform organized by Leymoun- Arab Contemporary Dance Network & Maqamat Dance Theatre.

THE ARAB DANCE PLATFORM
APRIL 20–24, 2011
Know more about The Arab Dance Platform & the Program

BIPOD PROGRAM

Forsythe Chamber Works (Germany), N.N.N.N. The Vile Parody of Address
APRIL 14, 2011, AL MADINA 20.30

Alain Platel | Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Out of Context
APRIL 15, 2011, AL MADINA 20.30

Cie Linga (Switzerland), Falling Grace
APRIL 16, 2011,  AL MADINA 20.30

Chunky Move (Australia), GLOW
APRIL 17, 2011,  AL MADINA 19.00 & 20.30

De Stilte (Netherlands), Alice +6, CHILDRENS PERFORMANCE
APRIL 17, 2011, MONNOT 16:00

THE ARAB DANCE PLATFORM
APRIL 20–24, 2011

Akram Khan Company (UK), Vertical Road
APRIL 26–27, 2011, AL MADINA 20.30

Muriel Romero and Pablo Palacio (Spain), Catexis
APRIL 28, 2011,  AL MADINA 20.30

Panta Rei (Norway), We Fiction & Private Rite
APRIL 29, 2011,  AL MADINA 20.30

Cie. Gilles Jobin (Switzerland), Spider Galaxies
APRIL 30. 2011,  AL MADINA 20.30

Other activities:

• VIDEO DANCE SCREENINGS by CINEDANS and FORWARD MOTION
• PHOTO EXHIBITION: MUSHROOMS AND FIG LEAVES | MAQAMAT DANCE THEATRE | PHOTOS by RIMA MAROUN
• DANCE WORKSHOPS:
CHUNKY MOVE | Saturday, April 16 | 11.00 – 13.00
AKRAM KHAN | Monday, April 25 | 17.00 – 20.00

FESTIVAL PARTNERS:
Beiteddine Festival
Norwegian Embassy
Mission Culturelle Francaise au Liban
British Council
Deutsch Embassy
Australian Embassy
Dutch Embassy
Instituto Cervantes

FESTIVAL SPONSORS:
Mini Cooper
Agenda Culturel
Time Out Beirut
Le Bristol Hotel
Le Riviera Hotel
Clos Saint Thomas
Bardo, Bar & Restaurant
Bread Republic/ Cow&Apple
Le Mayrig
Les Vilains
Bobo
Olio
Dots Dar El Kotob

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
For more information, please contact
Maqamat Dance Theatre
2nd floor, Estral Bldg.
Hamra Main Street, Beirut Lebanon
+961 01 34 38 34
+961 71 61 66 33
info@maqamat.org
www.maqamat.org

Takween Collective is back – BIPOD and Arab Dance Platform

As promised, Takween Collective will be back soon. Don’t miss the next Arab Dance Platform. Stay tuned, BIPOD and Arab Dance Platform program to be released soon!
Maqamat is looking for volunteers for BIPOD and ADP, if you want to join the team and live a wonderful Festival experience, please contact Maqamat office:

Maqamat Dance Theatre
2nd floor, Estral Bldg.
Hamra Main Street, Beirut Lebanon
+961 01 34 38 34
+961 71 61 66 33
info@maqamat.org
www.maqamat.org
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Takween 2010, c’est fini :(

Ca y est… 3 mois ce sont écoulés. Aujourd’hui, j’ai cette sensation désagréable de m’être réveillée d’un rêve, la tête un peu sonnée, l’envie de se rendormir et de continuer l’aventure. Mais rien n’y fait, j’ai les yeux bien ouverts sur une nouvelle réalité, ce matin, pas de studio…
Je repense à vous tous, Ali, Razmig, Dima, Clara, Anne, Ghia, Mahmoud, Methkal, Aurélien, Rima, Yendi, Bassam… Vous me manquez tellement.
Heureusement, nous avons encore plein de choses à faire ensemble, des projets plein la tête, des festivals… Et le studio ne restera pas vide longtemps! Takween Collective commence maintenant!
Je vous aime!


The Takweens 2010!

By Emilie