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Previous FMA Editions

OUR STORY SO FAR…

The Festival has welcomed hundreds of local artists as well as top of the bill from all over the world. The programming offers professional as well as amateurs and young people the opportunity to express themselves through their art and to share their vision of the Arabic culture.

The former editions have witnessed the participation of great names in the worlds of music, dance and theatre : Caracalla dance company, Marcel Khalife, Naseer Shamma, Majida El Roumi, Hamza El Din, Simon Shaheen, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Ashraf Sharif Khan, Lotfi Bouchnak, Doreid Laham, Nass el Ghiwan, etc. and have produced hundreds of multidisciplinary creations and shows.

Charabia

In the “age of communication”, solitudes abound, and any attempt at dialogue leads back to the Genesis Tower of Babel.

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Harem d’Ilhan

Plus d’une fois et tout de grâce et d’élégance, le danseur-interprète turc de ballet oriental à la scène, Ilhan  Karabaçak, est de retour à  Montréal, dans une nouvelle création dédiée au 10e anniversaire du FMA.

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Charabia

Taking a leaf out of the personal experiences, words and music of the youth in the Arab world, as well as from current burning issues, this original creation of the FMA aims at bridging the gap between divided spaces and speeches in order to re-establish a reuniting dialog.

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Le Cercle de l’Extase

Le Cercle de L’Extase (Circle of Ecstasy), cheered by the critics and by Montreal’s audience, exceptionally combines the Dervish whirling dancers of the Aleppo Oriental Ensemble, with the Gregorian singers of Saint-Grégoire School of Montreal.

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Algorythmes

Algorythmes is a tale of words and music intertwined to tell about the torments of confrontations and the passion of discovery.  In changing the spelling of the word “algorithme” we give it new realms of meaning.  

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Harem… lever les voiles

Choreographer Benjamin Hatcher explores the meaning and symbolism of oriental dancing. What was it about belly dancing that this local creator, usually associated with works such as Duato, Paige, Balanchine and Perreault, became drawn to?

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Les Possédés

Sans forcer la rencontre, et dans une totale ouverture sur la différence, le spectacle se construit autour d’un thème qui croise le lyrisme des danses de l’Orient avec la sensibilité savante de la danse occidentale.

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