Kahraba Collective
Collective Kahraba is a performing arts company comprised of artists and technicians from different backgrounds that firmly believes that art is a trajectory towards openness and dialogue.
 
It’s our gateway for meeting diverse publics from various communities and regions of Lebanon, as well as for developing international exchanges and partnerships. 
 
Collective Kahraba questions through its activities the world in which we grow, and faces the challenges of the changing perception of our identities.
 
Collective Kahraba works to:
-Create shared moments of togethernessand reverie, where everyone feels welcome to share dreams, joy and humour through stories brought to life through the actors and spectators.
- Bring performances to areas that never access cultural activities, make it free of charge to ensure accessibility to the largest number of people,
- Organize cultural interventions in the public spaces of the country, in all the different social realities where culture could play a rôle of change and developpement ( refugee camps, prisons, hospitals…)
We are artists concerned by initiating encounters and meetings, ties and collaborations, and sharing dreams, questions, engagements and approaches. Throught the art of encounter that generates our projects, we aim to foster imagination, critical thinking and curiosity, to raise each one’s responsability in the building process of a culture of peace.
Camille Brunel Aoun
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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.
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Rima Maroun
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Rima Maroun
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.
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Aurélien Zouki
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Aurélien Zouki
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.
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Eric Deniaud
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Eric Deniaud
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.
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Tamara Badreddine
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Tamara Badreddine
Tamara Badreddine graduated from the Lebanese University, Insitute of Fine Arts, majoring in Performing Arts (Theater).
She met the Kahraba Collective through the Festival Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran in 2012. Since then she has been working with them on many projects.
In 2015 she joins the team of their new performance: Lanscape for our tears.
Since 2012 she constantly worked for many theater performances in Beirut.
 
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Danielle Kattar
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Danielle Kattar
A bit of a workaholic, Danielle is a freelance graphic designer with a good deal of projects in her book already. She worked on posters, identities, packages, catalogs, books, book covers, album covers, magazines, websites, typographies and icons.
She’s also an illustrator that worked for books, illustrated albums, textbooks, posters and identities. At some point she even worked as a colorist.
Throughout her professional life, she collaborated with other graphic designers, illustrators, architects, designers, programmers and artists.
She aims to be a kind of Robin Hood. To devote her time and know-how to do good in the fields of education, culture, humanitarian design as well as working with NGOs.
Danielle is born in Beirut and graduated from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) as well as Kingston University. She is a design instructor at the Lebanese University and at the Lebanese American University (LAU).

 

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Johnny Hchaime
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Johnny Hchaime

Born in Lebanon in 1989, Jhonny Hchaime studied filmmaking in Prague after working as an assistant director for several years. He has worked on various commissioned projects throughout his career, and is now focuses on developing personal projects, mainly documentaries. He lives and works between Beirut and Nice (France).

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Geoliane Arab
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Geoliane Arab
Cultural management & International development | Copenhagen, Beirut, Brussels
 
Selected by Sciences Po Paris for WOMED 2015 (Women of the Mediterranean: Future generation of leaders), Geoliane studied law alongside theatre and performing arts at the Lebanese University and was trained in contemporary dance. She now holds an MA in public law and has worked as a performer/exterior eye/assistant director with local and international artists, between 2006 and 2012. She has collaborated with several international organisations (IETM (BE), BOZAR (BE), ArtBack NT (AU), ITI (DK)…) on mapping the Lebanese cultural scene and identifying valuable actors and projects, thus creating opportunities for international exchange and development. Geoliane has been in charge of international development of Danish artist Jens Bjerregaard since 2010, and of Metro al Madina (LB) since 2014. She has been jury member, moderator and speaker at different international forums and festivals. Geoliane is currently in charge of cultural cooperations for Lebanon at Moussem (BE) and member of the advisory board of IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (BE)). 

 

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Marielise Youssef Aad
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Marielise Youssef Aad

Born in 1984, Marielise chooses a very serious carrier: To play.

In 2006, she graduates from the Lebanese University, National Institute of Fine Arts – Theatrical Studies major. She soon gets fascinated by the art of puppetry, joins the Lebanese puppet theater and works as a puppeteer since 2005. In 2010, she collborates with Merlin Borg and in 2012, she participates in Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran Festival under the direction of Eric Deniaud.

Since 2008, she joins Ibtissama "smile" Foundation as a clown doctor. In this frame, Marielise becomes «Doctora Warde» and visits hospitalized children in Lebanese hospitals.

As an actress, she participates in Baalbeck Festival with Fairuz group in 2006. She also performs different roles under the direction of several directors including Camille Salameh, Samir Habché, Karim Dakroub, Nehme Nehme, Issam Bou Khaled Georges Khabbaz, Dany Boustany, Raafat Alzakoot, and many others...

She toured in Lebanon, Turkey, Europe (Italy, France, Belgium, Czech, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark) and Arab countries (Syria, Kuwait, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar), etc... and she hopes that one day, she will perform is Kaa, her own village, or on the moon. Yes! Her ambition has no limitation.

In 2010, Marielise becomes a member of the Walkabout drum circle – African polyrhythms Band, she can’t wait to become a soloist as she loves to see the people dancing and celebrating.

Her interest in the use of theatrical tools for therapeutic effects leads her to undertake « the alternative course in Drama Therapy » implemented in Lebanon by Catharsis-LCDT. Between 2010 and 2012, under the supervision Zeina Daccache, she works in Lebanese prisons and in a psychiatric hospital in southern Lebanon.

Since 2013, she started facilitating independent projects with different associations such as Caritas, Abaad and the Islamic welfare orphanage.

Currently, she is continuing her Master’s degree - Theatre Research at Saint-Joseph University – IESAV, and is pursuing her artistic projects.

 

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Rita Khawand
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Rita Khawand

Rita (34 years old) holds a diploma in Dramatics Arts from the Lebanese University. For many years, she took on several jobs in the cultural field (production, acting, cultural management, fundraising, crafts, etc.). Lately she got interested in a wider type of culture (permaculture) and co-founded SOILS Permaculture Association Lebanon in her native village, Saidoun (Jezzine), where she spends most of her time observing nature and planning for projects. She joined Kahraba's team this year to help with the coordination and fundraising.

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Romy Lynn Attieh
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Romy Lynn Attieh
Romy Lynn Attieh is a dancer. She has produced, organized and participated in various dance projects in Lebanon. She is currently completing an MA in Anthropology (American University of Beirut), with an emphasis in kinship. She also works as an writer, editor, and translator.
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Raghda Mouawad
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Raghda Mouawad
Raghda est libanaise. Elle a vécu toute son enfance en Arabie Saoudite, son adolescence au Liban, et ses années universitaires en France. Parallèlement à ses études en Arts du spectacle, elle a suivi une formation intensive en Arts dramatiques à ATRE à Lyon, ainsi que des stages de théatre de courte durée.
 
Elle a joué dans différentes créations théâtrales et performances de rue, en France, en Belgique, au Maroc et au Liban.
Elle est actuellement comédienne et professeur de théâtre à l'International College au Liban.
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