From November 25th until December 1st, the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD) will be live-streamed from Lyon, France, under the theme: “Architecture of a Ruined Body.”
This year, the dance festival tackles various topics, including the Beirut Port explosion and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in panel discussions that address issues such as questioning the body in moments of crisis and disasters.
The latter includes “questioning [the body’s] remaining possibilities, vulnerabilities, resilience or revolt, and simply its being,” which is the main topic of the panel discussion,” according to the event’s description.
The festival will feature a couple of films, including “Mediterranean,” which is a short documentary about the refugees and migrants who have died while crossing the sea to Europe, in addition to a variety of dance performances and other events.
Notably, this is the first time BIPOD doesn’t get organized in Beirut, due to the fact that the Citerne arts center in the city that used to be the event’s home was forced to close down last year and reopen in Lyon. It is also the first time the event goes virtual.
A full-access pass (allows watching all BIPOD events) for the festival is selling at €18, with a special price of €1 available exclusively in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt. A single pay-per-event ticket, on the other hand, sells for 3-5 euros.