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Lebanese and Proud

Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00pm
Selina Korban Theater, LAU Byblos

Lebanese and Proud!
Past and present streams:
To celebrate Lebanon’s rich cultural heritage and diversity.
To raise awareness of the country’s past and present and
To highlight the importance of diversity on the human development and the sustainable peace in Lebanon.

Music by Layal Chaker and friends. Choreography by Nadra Assaf
In collaboration with: Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School, Al-Sarab Alternative Dance Company, and The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music

About Layal Chaker:
Layale’s first encounter with music came through piano and voice, but she soon fell in love with the violin. She started studying music at age 8 at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon. After graduating with a literature and philosophy degree in Beirut, she later pursued her musical studies at the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR,  Columbia University in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London ; and is currently working towards her doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes-EHESS in Paris. Her mentors include Mohamed Hashem, Carmen Scripcariu, Jeanne-Marie Conquer, Jackie Walduck and Julian West. Layal has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, performing in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and Argentina, as well as in several festivals, namely Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls’ Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and Avignon Festival among others.

This season’s highlights include a premiere work for solo violin and orchestra in Oxford, workshop-leading and performances at Université de Bordeaux, Sorbonne-Université, MUCEM Museum, Walton Theatre, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Konzerthaus Berlin, a premiere of her string trio by members of New World Symphony in Miami, as well as the debut tour with her own ensemble, Sarafand, across Germany, France, the UK and the USA. As a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, she performs around the year in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Colon, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris, Salzburg Festspiele and der Philharmonie Berlin among others.

Her compositions include works for solo instrumentation, chamber music, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, electronics, as well as several pieces for dance and film.

About Nadra Assaf
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 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 about IWCS visit the Facebook page.

For more info about the performance or about IWCS contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb or comm.arts@lau.edu.lb



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