Rabih Mroué | DANCE ON
In his projects he combines visual arts, performance and theatre, and mixes reality with fiction. His works often refer to political situation of present-day Lebanon. He willingly uses everyday items and materials and utilizes documents, photographs, video films and objects as starting point for his artistic work.
Lebanese artist, actor and director born in 1967 in Beirut and based in Berlin. Mroué is a co-founder and board member of Beirut Art Center and co-publisher of The Drama Review magazine (NYC); in 2012–15 he was a member of the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” in Berlin. His most widely known spectacles from latest period of his artistic activity include: Ode to Joy (2015) and Riding on a cloud (2013). In 2016, he directed a play entitled No Versailles Over here! in Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz, based on the character of Andrzej Lepper. His works have been so far presented in, among others: MoMA in New York (2015) and at DOCUMENTA in Kassel (2012).
The DANCE ON’s mission is to cause a great change in the worldwide dance which will make choreographies prepared for and with mature and experienced dancers standard and not exception. The ensemble make use of the whole spectrum of forms including dance, performance and theatre and develop its repertoire in collaboration with world-renowned choreographers and directors such as Rabih Mroué. The Lebanese artist constructs with the help of DANCE ON ENSEMBLE a stage narrative built of elements taken from their own personal lives. He treats a body of an experienced performer as some kind of a “personal archive” – a place where experiences, memories, emotions and traumas are accommodated throughout the years. Thanks to it, he explores the relation between the presence and absence, reality and fiction, past and present.