Omar Ghayatt

Ghayatt by ...  Isabelle MeisterOmar Ghayatt was born in Cairo in 1976;

in 1998 he received his B.A. in Arts and Education. He works in Performing arts since 1996.!

In 2003 he received the first state prize ever awarded in Egypt for “performance art”. The following years, he performed in various countries and festivals such as Interakcje Festival (Poland), Cairo Opera House, Vooruit Gent, Theaterspektakel Zurich, Temps d’Image Marne-la-Vallée, Festival Theaterformen Hannover, Festival Inteatro Polverigi, Festival a/d Werf Utrecht, La Friche belle de Mai Marseille, Festival DCAF Cairo. Alongside his travels, he organized a long-term project in Egypt, “Sabeel Cairo”, to promote performance art.!

In 2007, Ghayatt travelled to theater Schlachthaus Bern as an artist in residence of “Pro Helvetia”.

In March 2008, Ghayatt started “Made in Paradise”, a project in collaboration with the swiss artists Yan Duyvendak and Nicole Borgeat.

In 2009 Ghayatt received his Master of Scenography from the
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Zhdk.

In 2010 Omar Ghayatt received a studio in the “PROGR” center for culture production as a grant from the city of Bern. In 2011 he created “If I Weren’t Egyptian” a visual theatre project in collaboration and based on text by Alaa Al Aswani. Ghayatt latest project is “Violence Lointaine”, a dance / performance, together with the Congolese choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono, and the French sound artist Maxime Denuc, its French Premier was in La Friche belle de Mai, Marseille, November 2014.

Ghayatt received a special grant (OFF-Stage) from The Canton of Bern in January 2015.