Al Bustan Festival was founded in 1994, and has established in Lebanon a unique and unprecedented tradition of a music season in winter.
The founders wished to revive the cultural life of a country reemerging after seventeen years of war. With a predominance of chamber music, the Festival also includes opera, orchestral concerts, choral concerts, dance, marionettes and theater.
Yelo produced the trailer for this year's edition, animated by Chadi Aoun with the visuals of Joseph Kai and the help of Lama G. Zouein for layout.
A short Animation we did for Jamalouki Magazine that goes online.
For once I show some of the sketches/animation rough.
A thing I do not do often; although I should…
Come join us this December in "Alice au pays des Merveilles" the new classical dance show performed by the Beirut Dance Project and choreographed by Nada Kano.
28 not to miss classical trained dancers will perform for 8 days in Monnot theater from the 19th till the 29th of December.
Launched for the first time in 2009 in Lebanon by Nada kano, the Beirut Dance Project starts as an initiative that allows dancers who cannot afford the fees to benefit from scholarships at the Beirut Dance Studio. The project has two major goals. The first one is to grant access to the arts world to children who are living in difficult social and financial contexts. This channel would offer marginalized children an alternative way of overcoming their daily problems through the psychological and physical benefits linked to dance practice such as self-confidence, discipline, mental strength as well as providing them with a mean to express themselves. The second main goal is to spot talents and offer young people a chance to achieve their dream of becoming dancers; thus creating a group of professional Lebanese dancers and therefore empowering the dance sector in Lebanon.
To date more than 190 children from deprived areas in Beirut benefited from the project. The selected children follow currently the pre-professional dance training. They are offered daily dance classes, transportation to and from the Beirut Dance Studio, and dance outfits; they also benefit from framework activities such as workshops and dance performances.
70% of the BDP participants are scholarship holder, the 30% remaining are students from the amateurs section at the Beirut Dance Studio who switched to the pre-professional one to train daily with the rest of the participants.
This December, they are performing “Alice au pays des merveilles” with the support of some of the Beirut Dance Company professional dancers.
Short Film By Ely Dagher