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Express Your-SELF

Friday, March 23
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shatila Refugee Camp

Express Your-SELF Workshop and Performance in Shatila Refugee camp

by Dr. Nadra Assaf and Jimmy Bechara

About Nadra Assaf
Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at LAU and Founder and Artistic Director of Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School and Company.
Nadra Assaf received her M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Doctorate of Education from Leicester University.  She has been teaching at the Lebanese American University since 1991. Her recent dance productions include: Sawtee (2017). This. Is. How? It. Happened! (2016), INFLUX (2015), STS: Space-Time-Shape (2012), I Matter: An Audience Interactive Performance (2010), The Faces of EVE (2008-2009), and Majnoun Leila (2007). She is the Artistic Director and founder of Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School (1991 to date). In April 2011 she organized and implemented the first annual International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon which was hosted and sponsored by LAU in partnership with Byblos Municipality and has continued to so to date. She is a founding member of IDO Lebanon, and a member of DBM, CORD, and SDHS and has also been a Judge/Instructor on several Lebanese TV programs concerning performing arts. Among her publications: “I Matter”: An Interactive Exploration of Audience-Performer Connections (2012), Not Without My Body: The Struggle of Dancers and Choreographers in the Middle East (2015).

About Jimmy Bechara
Dance instructor and choreographer at LAU and Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School.
Born in 1987, Jimmy started dancing at Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School in 1991. He, in parallel, began to take gymnastics at Buddha Club. He obtained his dance degree from Al-Sarab in 2005 and continued to study in the teaching program until he obtained his teaching diploma. He graduated in 2008 from Balamand University with a BA in physical education. He is currently a member of Al-Sarab Alternative Dance Company as well as a teacher and Chief Executive Officer at Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School. He has been in several Sarab performances, both nationally and internationally, since 2002. He is the first Choreographer to adapt the vertical dancing style in Lebanon through a combined show with USJ, AL-Sarab Alternative Company and X-Ploriders. Jimmy teaches in Our Koura – Bechmezzin Branch: SG3, SA2, SJC and Gymnastics 2 – Our Byblos Branch: Contemporary Adults, Gymnastics 2 & 3 – Our Rabyeh – Collina Branch: Gymnastics 1 & 2

About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.

For more info contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb

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