Camille Brunel Aoun
With a Degree in arts, Camille Brunel graduated from the Academy of Drama Education in the National Theater of Limoges (France) where she learned her craft as an actress for two years. She then worked for over ten years in Paris for various stage directors (Bernard Sobel, Nadine Varoutsikos Gabor Tompa, Filip Forgeau, Pascal Rambert) and in many theater companies (Ilotopie, Collectif 12, Theater de l’éphémère, Du Zieu dans les Bleus). She acted in various films, TV fiction, short films (JB. Marlin, Henri Helman, Maxime Potherat, AntiJussi Korhonen, Samir Guesmi)
Among the milestones of her career, Camille Brunel collaborated for several years with the company Du Zieu dans les Bleus led by Nathalie Garraud on various creatings including "Les Européens" by Howard Barker and "Dans le dos des villes surprises" based on the poem of Aimee Cesaire. It is with Nathalie Garraud that Camille visited Lebanon for the first time, where she conducted research workshops that led to their creation in France and Lebanon. Inspired by this country, Camille returned in 2005 to lead a creative workshop about French contemporary writings in Beirut. She made acquaintances with artists with whom, a year later, she founded Collectif Karhaba, a traveling theater troupe located in Lebanon that combines several artistic disciplines. That same year, Camille Brunel played in Beirut Monot Theatre in "Age tendre et gueule de bois” under the direction of Guillaume Hincky and in “Planète Londres" of Vincent Colin in the Montaigne Theater for the Albert Londres prize.
Since then, she is regularly invited by the Institut Français du Liban to conduct theater trainings for teachers and children.
2007 was the year that Camille Brunel decided to move to Beirut and wrote and directed her first show inspired by her work with the Lebanese and Palestinian children Arabiyetna, a show for youth combining storytelling, puppetry and shadow theater, created with Collectif Karhaba. To date, the show has been played between France, Lebanon and Syria for more than 200 times.
The following year she wrote and created AppleCrumble, a solo that combines culinary art and quantum physics. The show has toured all French Institutes in Lebanon and the Festival d'Avignon in 2010 and in Paris at the Lucernaire Theater.
Convinced of the need to maintain the relationship between the two countries, Camille created the company Sans Bagages in France, in support of her staging plans and to be a partner for Collectif Karhaba with which she also creates the first edition of the festival "Nehna wel amar Jiran" in Beirut in 2011.
In 2010, she meets Charbel Samuel Aoun, painter architect and set designer, with whom she creates an adaptation of Sitt Marie Rose of Etel Adnan, played in France in 2011. In 2012, at the request of the producer Denise Maroney for the BIM project, Camille Brunel wrote and directed 10 453 km2 a show about environmental issues, currently on tour in Lebanon. Charbel Samuel Aoun is actively involved in the staging of performances mainly by handling the scenography.
In 2013, Camille Brunel Aoun staged the B-M Koltès’ Roberto Zucco play at the Centre Dramatique National de Limoges with l’Abadis Company and Sans Bagages Company. She collaborates with Charbel Samuel Aoun for the conception of Voices of the invisibles, installation which has been launched in the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Her last play Fouilles has been recently published at Dar Arcane Editions in Beirut, the book is illustrated by Charbel Samuel Aoun. Directed by Danielle Labaki, Camille Brunel recently performed in Le Critère de Griffith at Station Beirut, with Caroline Hatem and Zalfa Seurat.
Born in 1983, Rima Maroun is a Lebanese photographer and performer based in Beirut.
After graduating with an MA in photography, she co-founds in 2006 Collectif Kahraba, a cultural association using visual and performing arts as a means of expression.
In 2008, she receives the Anna Lindh Foundation award for dialogue through art and culture and has since then been exhibiting her work throughout Europe and the Middle East (Italy, Hungary, Syria, France, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Montenegro, Lebanon…)
In 2009 her work is part of the Photoquai Biennale in Paris. In 2010, she organizes the European Union photography competition in Lebanon on Climate Change and Environment.
In 2011 she is a selected artist for Meeting Point 6 under the artistic direction of Okwui Enwezor.
Having an active interest in dance, Rima Maroun was an artist in residency at the Paris International City of Arts in 2012 and presented several photography projects in Montpellier Danse Festival (FR) and the French Institute in Lebanon.
In 2013, On Fleeting Grounds, a joint project with Lebanese photographers that Rima initiated in 2010 finally becomes a group exhibition in collaboration with Janine Rubeiz Gallery (LB). She is also part of the collective photo exhibition Open Wounds in The Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai) and Art Dubai with Janine Rubeiz Gallery.
Aurelien was born and grew up in Lebanon. After his theatre studies in Paris, Aurelien worked as an actor with different directors such as Gilles Zaeppfel, Bruno Thircuir, Jean Bellorini and Nathalie Garraud.
He performed also in choregraphic creations in France and Italy where he was an interpreter on Rafaella Giordano’s piece « Cuocere il Mondo » in 2007.
He moves back to Beirut in 2007 and founds Collectif Kahraba, with whom he creates several theatre and puppets performances that toured in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Romania, United Kingdom and France. In 2011, he started co-directing Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran outdoor festival in Beirut, organised by the collective that gather every year more than 2000 people and around 40 artists.
He has always been interested by the body language and all the different dance expressions and has participated to mask workshop with Marcela Obregon, Butoh dance with Yumiko Yoshioka, and contemporary dance with Christophe Leblay.
In september 2010, he is a student of Takween-Beirut Contemporary Dance school where he took workshop with choregraphers such as Jens Bjerregaard, Marco Cantaluppo, Radhouane el Meddeb, Anani Sanouvi, Luc Dunberry.
He creates then his first dance solo « I drank the sea and my fire still burns » in Beirut, performed in the Arab Dance Plateform in april 2012 and several time in Beirut.
In 2012, he tours with Jens Bjerregaard (Mancopy DanseKompany) in « Every Last Breath » in Lebanon, New York, Singapour, and different venues in Europe.
In 2014, he is the choreographer of « Pietà » a performance for Terminal Mù Contemporary dance company in Budapest , Hungary. The performance has been presented again in 2015 in Paris and Budapest.
In february 2015, he directs a residency in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop adresses young professionnals willing to developp performances for young audience.
Aurelien’s path led him to give theatre, dance puppets and mask manipulation workshops in many different contexts, all around Lebanon, for palestinian, syrian and iraqi refugees, in private and public institution. He’s also training pedagogical teams in schools. He is know asked to coordinate different artistic events in the country.
Eric Deniaud has graduated magna cum laude from the National University in the Arts of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières, under the direction of Roman Paska.
During those three years, he is taught by: Roland Schön, Jacques Templeraud, Peter Schuman, François Lazaro, Jean-Pierre Lescot, Philiipe Rodrigez Jorda, Mimo Cuttichio, Dan Jemmet, Arne Ögsänder, Alain Recoing, Claire Heggen, Valérie Philipin, le Théâtre National de marionnettes Bunraku d’Osaka, Carlotta Ikeda, Fabrizio Montechi, Nicole Mossoud, Bruno Leone, Elsa Wolliaston, Joan Baixas…
Since 2002 he is acting, directing, set designing, in many performances where puppet has, most of the time a special interest.
In France he is directing a puppet company ExtraMuros, He co-founded Collective Kahraba in 2006 with Aurélien Zouki, Rima Maroun and Camille Brunel Aoun, in Lebanon where he is now living.
He collaborated with the National Puppet Theatre of Vietnam in Hanoi, International Institute of Puppetry of Charleville Mézières in France, Centre National Supérieur d’art Dramatique de Paris, le Centre National des Écritures du Spectacle in Villeneuve lès Avignons, the French puppet companies Drolatic Industry and Commédiamuse in france, Ectera Teatro in Spain, le théâtre du Chemin qui marche in Québec. All those collaborations let him work as an actor, set designer or director in around 14 performances, in France, Lebanon, Vietnam, Romania, Poland, Italy, Portugal, en Spain, Canada, Russia, Japan since the last past ten years. Since 2010 he works as puppeteer and actor for 3 performances of Alice Laloy, director of Company S’appelle Reviens: « D’états de femmes » and « Y-es tu ? » nominated for the Molières 2011 for the best performance for youth. In 2015 he is performing in her new creation “Sfumato”.
In lebanon since 2013 he collaborated with, Alexandre Paulikevitch ( Elgha), Hanane Haj Ali ( “Jogging 1 & 2”, “Tahed w Linaha” – al Mawred al Thaqafi Cairo) and Randa Mirza ( Arab Mythologie – Gallerie Tanit )
He collaborated Dar Onboz betewwen 2010 and 2014. Durong that period several projects were born, including two puppet performances « There was a bird in a tree » et « Sab’a w 7 », and one book called Noujoum.
Since 2011, he is co-director of "Nehna wel Amar wel Giran" in Beyrouth, a multidisciplinary festival organized by Collective Kahraba.
He will be directing the new performance of Collectif Kahraba “Landscape of our tears” that will be presented in 2016 in France and Lebanon.
He will also co-direct “ Géologie d’une fable” a youth audience performance with Aurélien Zouki, that will be presented in December 2015 in many places in Lebanon.