Georgette Gebara

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Personal information

Title: 
Founder, Director, Choreographer

Contact information (private)

Postbox: 
377 Hazmieh, Beirut
Address: 
Hazmieh, Mar Takla, Imad Bldg.
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 5 451429
Mobile phone: 
961 3 302377
Personal email address: 
georgettegebara@hotmail.com

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Ecole Libanaise de Ballet
Address: 
Zouk Mosbeh, Gebara Blg.
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 9 218577
Fax: 
961 9 218477
Work email address: 
eclibal@inco.com.lb

Education

Sophomore Degree of B.A. Honors, English Literature, 1956, Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Areas of Expertise

Choreography
Ballet Dancing
Arts
Theater
Teaching
Languages: 
Arabic
French
English
Spanish
Greek
Italian

Work history

Founder and director, 1964 - present, Ecole Libanaise de Ballet.

Member, 1996-2008, Executive Council of the International Theatre Institute (UNESCO).

Secretary, 1995-2008, International Dance committee, International Theatre Institute (UNESCO).

Dancing Instructor, 1966-1984, Institute of Fine Arts, Theater Section, Lebanese University.

Honorary office and memberships

Honorary member, International Theatre Institute (Worldwide), 2011.

Vice-president, Lebanese Center of the International Theatre Institute, 1985-2011.

Founding member, Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon, 1993.

Founding member, Institute for the Preservation of Folkloric and Traditional Art for Twelve Mediterranean Countries, 1968.

Productions

Major achievements: 

Choreographed and danced to the recitation of Arabic poetry, the first experience of its kind in the Middle East, for a programme on poetry produced by the Jordanian Television, and aired in almost all Arab countries (1981).

Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Leading performer, choreograoher and jury member in many play productions, dancing performances and competition programs since 1964 including:
    - "Soirées de Ballet", 1966, 1972, 1973 and 1974 in Beirut, Tripoli and Zahle.
    - Leading dancer in several major ballets performances of the classical repertoire such as "Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Coppelia", "Sylphides".
    - Choreographer representing Lebanon in several festivals such as Nancy festival (a city in the north of France), Baghdad and Carthage Festivals.
    - Choreographer of the play "L'émigré de Brisbane" written by George Shehade and performed in the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia.
    - Jury member of major competitions involving dance and other art disciplines in Lebanon (such as Studio el-Fan and Nadi El-Nawadi), Cyprus and Italy.
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  • Speaker, "Dance Between Two Bombs and the Sniper's Fire", The Lebanese American University, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Choreography to Express Identity", Sousse, Tunisia (April, 2000), Limassol, Cyprus (February, 2006), World Dance Day Festival at the Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut, April 2011.
  • Speaker, "The XXth Century, Century of Women in Dance", 2011.
  • Speaker, "Pioneer Women of Dance in America", Kennedy Center, Beirut, 1977.
  • Speaker, a lecture on "Classic and Modern Dance", Rotary Club of Tripoli, 1973.
  • Speaker, "Dance in Lebanon" at the International Dance Symposium, Wichita, Kansas, United States of America, August, 1970.

Awards and Distinctions

Life achievement award by the International Catholic Union of the Press, 2010.

"Murex D'or" for her life-achievement, 2007.

Life achievement award by the Cultural Movement of Antelias, 2001.

Honored by the Japan Foundation for her achievements, 1999.

Received the Said Akl award for her artistic achievements, March 1972.