Nebula, Vania Vaneau

“Let the upcoming period be a period of #cultural_disobedience until we bring back our cultural life that has been confiscated.”

After nearly three years of writing the above lines, Omar Rajeh Maqamat founder and Mia Habis BIPOD – Beirut International Platform of Dance artistic director, bring back this term of #cultural_disobedience, which seems that it had never left them.

“Our focus on the theme of #cultural_disobedience is a focus on the artists and their needs. We consider disobedience, as an act of care, of reform, of change to the better. We disobey when we realize that the system does not respond to our ambitions and doesn’t not satisfy our aspirations”.

© Lara Gasparotto
© Lara Gasparotto

The 18th edition of BIPOD started in Lyon & continues in Beirut, from 25 till 29 May in Théâtre Béryte and Sursock Museum. The edition proposes a program of performances, videos, discussions, debates, experiences and conversations under the theme of #cultural_disobedience: Disobey why, disobey to do what, and how to disobey?

The cultural project brought together artists, festivals and cultural venues in Europe and around the Mediterranean to question the possibilities of the body, its weaknesses, its strength of resilience or resistance and more simply its existence in times of crisis.

© Yara Boustany
© Yara Boustany

In cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung and Relais Culture Europe.
In solidarity with the dance scene in Lebanon – free entrance to all performances and events.

And with the support of Institut français, Istituto Italiano di Cultura-Beirut, the Spanish Embassy in Beirut, Prohelvetia, and the Swiss Embassy in Lebanon and Syria, AFAC, and Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy.

In collaboration with Sursock Museum and Théâtre Béryte, BIPOD 2022 is ongoing until the 29th of May, 2022.

Here’s the program:

Ginevra Panzetti & Enrico Ticconi
25 May at 8pm | Théâtre Béryte and streamed live on

Alexandre Roccoli

26 May at 7pm | Sursock Museum
28 May at 6pm | Baakline National Library and streamed live on

Fabian Thomé
26 May at 7.30pm | Sursock Museum
28 May at 6.30pm at Baakline National Library and streamed live

Vania Vaneau
27 May at 6pm | Sursock Museum and streamed live on

Bassam Abou Diab
Pina my Love
27 May at 8pm | Théâtre Béryte and streamed live on

Ioannis Mandafounis
From Scratch
29 May at 7pm | Sursock Museum and streamed live on

Artistic lab & Workshop
Fabian Thomé
Workshop with Fabian
21 – 25 May | Amalgam studio
26 May at 11am | Open presentation | Sursock Museum

Peggy Olislaegers
Brainstorming/Bodystorming with Peggy Olislaegers | Lab for artists
24 – 25 May | Amalgam studio

Talks & Conversations
26 & 27 May | 10am – 5pm | Sursock Museum
26 May
• 10 am | Workshop presentation led by Fabien Thomé
• 11 am | Workshop presentations led by Peggy Olislaegers
• 2 pm | Discussion | Cultural disobedience and Political Change moderated by Omar Rajeh with Peggy Olislaegers, Shaden, Nizar Ghanem & Jean Kassir
27 May
• 10 am | Artistic projects presentations with Jana Saleh & Frédérique Chauveaux, Leila Awadallah, Nivine Kallas, Rasha Baroud, Eliesh, Bassam Abou Diab
• 2 pm | Discussion | cultural disobedience and caring, daring, sharing moderated by Peggy Olislaegers with Pascal Brunet, Ghenwa Samhat

Videodance Program
Omar Rajeh with Salim Mrad
The Odor of Elephants After the Rain
26 May at 6 pm | Sursock Museum and streamed live on

Silvia Giordano | Yara Boustany & Nader Bahsoun | Natasha Karam, Taymour Boulos and George Nassar | Layal Berberi
27 May at 5 pm | Sursock Museum and streamed live on

Video dance program curated by Cinedans
28 May at 7 pm | Sursock Museum and streamed live on



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