Agial Social and Cultural Association, Aïn el Helwe

From 2010 to 2012, Aurelien Zouki and Clara Sfeir conducted corporal expression, contemporary dance, and mask manipulation classes with a group of children from Agial, resulting in their in their participation in the Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran Festival in September 2012. Accompanied by different musicians each night, the children traversed the stairs of Mar Mikhael, presenting their dances to a varied Beirut crowd.

The collaboration with Agial has since continued, allowing the sharing and passing on of pedagogical tools and a dance practices developed by Kahraba Collective through its different experiences with various publics.

Agial and Collectif Kahraba seek to encourage the development of artistic, poetic forms of expression, taking into account the complexity of certail social realities and identity politics.

Through its abstraction, dance enables the proposition of a poetic language that is beyond discourse, and that places both dancers and spectators alike at the heart of a common humanity. Dance therefore becomes a possible way to break divides and help make forms of expression heard beyond community affiliations.

The group will again participates in the 2015 edition of Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran by presenting various short dance forms.