Citerne.live

The Odor of Elephants after the Rain

Omar Rajeh
Date
May 26 - May 29, 2022
Hour
3:00 PM
Duration
35m
Company
Maqamat
Organizer
Maqamat
Citerne.live

About

In 2019, Omar Rajeh, the choreographer, begins a series of explorations that will lead him to unprecedented questions: The forced dismantling of Citerne Beirut, a performing arts space of which he is the founder, the political and economic collapse of Lebanon and the civil unrest after October 17th, followed by the global Covid-19 crisis, and finally the tragic explosion at the port in August 2020, which destroyed half of the city of Beirut, killing and injuring thousands of people. What voice do we insist on having after being silenced? What body do we walk around with when we are drowned in pain? What do we do with our memories when they deceive us and fail to resemble reality? What hopes do we carry when we are far from our struggles and dreams? It is in a context of political, economic and health crisis that ‘The Odor of Elephants After the Rain’ was created. It was shot in Beirut in 2021 shortly after the August 4th explosion. It testifies of the experience of deep-rooted pain, loss, and disillusion. Dear places reduced to ashes, disfigured memories, trampled dreams, and dashed hopes

BIPOD 2022
Omar RajehConcept, Choreography & Dancer
Selim MouradDirector
Joss TurnbullMusic composition (stage)
Christian FrançoisTechnical Director & Light design
Blandine LaennecTechnician
Bruno ViguierAdministrator
Charbel HaberMusic composition
Talal KhouryDirector of Photography
Sandra FatteEditor
Rana EidSound Design
Mia HabisDancer
Charlie PrinceDancer
Rana KhouryGuest Speaker
Anthony FayeAdditional Camera (Danc.Cin.Lab)
Ricky DakounyExecutive Producer
Chrystel Elias Colorist
Dikranouhi KurkjianAssistant Editor
Marita Sbeih FoleySound Artist
Patrick Chakar FoleyRecording
Lama SawayaRe-recording Mixe
Luna Abi Raad1st Assistant Camera
Kameel RayyesDrone Operator
Patrick ChakarOn-Set Sound
Adel SerhalKey Production Assistant
Lucid Post-Production
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Maqamat

Maqamat moved to Lyon in 2020 in the perspective of developing its creative and cultural projects in France and internationally. The company counts more than twenty choreographic creations in its repertoire and enjoys great recognition around the world. Maqamat was initially founded in 2002 in Beirut by choreographer Omar Rajeh. It emerged as a major organization in the creation and establishment of a contemporary dance scene in Lebanon and the region. Maqamat has founded major dance projects such as BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance, Takween, an intensive training program, Moultaqa Leymoun, a showcase platform supporting artists from different Arab countries and more recently the online platform Citerne.live.

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A production of

Maqamat

Film commissioned and co-produced by the Edinburgh International Festival, with funding from the British Council

Supported by

CND - Centre National de la Danse
Citerne Beirut
CCN2 - Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble
Maison de la Culture d'Amiens
TANZFABRIK Berlin
D Beirut
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