Field of Practice:
Aural & Physical
Apr 2023 - Nov 2023
Born in Beirut/Lebanon, where she still resides.
Alia Hamdan obtained two Master’s degrees in philosophy (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and urban studies (Université Paris-Nanterre) in 2006. Her academic achievements were complemented by her studies in dance, including the Exerce program at the Choreographic Center of Montpellier/France. From 2006 to 2012, she worked as an urban researcher in Beirut, while continuing her activities in the field of performing arts. From 2013 to 2021, she taught courses in art and performance theory at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and the Université Saint-Joseph (USJ) in Beirut. Her conceptual and artistic interests seek to provoke encounters between choreographic thought, cinema and esthetical political theory.
Her most recent projects include In the background, 2022, a sound piece for the Sursock Museum, Beirut; Politics of dance and Choreography, 2021, a lecture-talk at the MUCEM, Marseille/France and An Essay in ‘Chorography‘, 2018, a lecture-talk at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Hamdam also appeared in Retrospective by Xavier le Roy at the Beirut Art Center in 2015. In 2021, she was the recipient of an award from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI, New York/US) and in 2022, she completed a three-month residency at the Camargo Foundation (Cassis/France).