Omar Rajeh • Maqamat
Everything moves, changes, and shifts around us. We experience the turmoil of human, social, religious, and political conflicts. A ‘big bazar’ of lost human values and brainwashed minds. We witness sickening applause to extremism, conservatism, and fanaticism.
Can a city die? And with it the values, ideals, principles, history, and culture that embodied it? Would it be possible to revive its presence? For nearly 1,000 years the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo soared above Syria’s largest city. A monumental portrayal of the cultural, the social, the historical and the religious, it now lies in ruins.
This performance is an act of resistance against the demolition of one of the greatest and oldest cities in the world. It is an encounter between contemporary dance, visual arts, and a rich soundscape inspired by the classical musical heritage of Aleppo. A meeting that takes us into the heart of the city, questioning our position towards the act of its destruction today.
Concept & Choreography Omar Rajeh Music composition Mahmoud Turkmani, Pablo Palacio Performed by Antonia Kruschel, Charlie Prince, Mia Habis, Moonsuk Choi, Omar Rajeh, Yamila Khodr Live music by Joss Turnbull (percussion), Mahmoud Turkmani (oud), Pablo Palacio (interactive sonifcation), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud)Real Time Movement Analysis Technology Instituto Stocos Voice Naim Asmar Lighting Guy Hoare Video artist Ygor Gama Drone operator Hadi Bou Ayash Costumes Mia Habis Technical director Christian Francois Sound engineer Philippe Balzé Stage manager Samah Tarabey Tour manager Aimee Kepa A production of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat Co-produced by Romaeuropa Festival, BIPOD, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden With the support of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Charleroi Dans, apap – advancing performing arts project Dance floor kindly supplied by Harlequin Flooring Photo © Stephan Floss