IJAD dance company
In our work, the aim is to create a complete synthesis of the real, virtual, visual and the physical, a fully immersive experience. We call upon our audiences to immediately involve themselves in our performance work to create an emotional encounter. This has led to an engagement with sensor technology and disciplines such as live art.
There is an intrinsically Arabic essence to IJAD’s dance work which runs beyond its technical Raqs Sharqui roots. Mourad uses physical theatre when choreographing, and sees opportunity in not being specific to a single genre.
Themes that run through our repertoire are connected to Joumana Mourad’s (Artistic Director and Choreographer) early life in Lebanon. Her pieces are full of secrets, visceral sensuality, the role of the voyeur, inner and outer life and an intensity of emotion that is sustained more than it is explosively expressed. Time lines and journeys are important in her pieces. Dresses, fabrics and wraps are used in a multitude of ways to mark moving from one place or state to another.
A heavy use of visuals and audience interaction is a sign of our interest in new technology and the way it can be integrated into choreographic work grows year on year.
Since 2005 we’ve been researching, creating and developing collaborative work internationally, based on secrets and untold stories. IJAD is fascinated and curious about the mystery and significance of secrets in different cultures and cities. The energy and emotion around this subject lends itself to powerful and intriguing findings translated into performance pieces. With a number of secret based projects completed, IJAD continues to use this subject matter to engage and communicate performers and audiences of varying cultures internationally. Our current project exploring secrets is In-Finite.