Najée is a Lebanese-French interdisciplinary artist, performance maker, and arts educator working on the lands of the Dharug tribe. His work spans across installation, immersive performance and contemporary dance. Najée's practice is informed by Middle Eastern culture and history, creating innovative works of change and social advocacy.
He founded Boombox Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) in 2008 which ran until 2014. This company was dedicated to cultivating robust dance practice in Western Sydney.
Najée has produced, directed and co-created several experimental short works and full-length interdisciplinary works. In 2017, his dance work [MODE] was recognised for the prestigious Australian Choreographic Awards and became the first Australian recipient of the Pineapple Labs International Artist Residency (2017) in Manila, where he developed performance work Untitled.exe(2017) and Not for Sale (2017) ; centering on ethnic LGBTQIA+ identities’.
Najée is a graduate of the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts and Australian Catholic University completing a Bachelor of Performance (Acting & Directing), Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts & Theatre Studies) and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary). He has worked with the Sydney Opera House(Education/Programming), Australian Theatre for Young People (Education), and New York company Barefeet films (Assistant Director). His film and television credits include Home and Away (2007), Gangs of Oz (2008), Dance Academy (2008) and Dream Kiss Cry (2000-2012).
Najée was recently awarded the 2019 and 2020 Artist Residency at PYT Fairfield where he developed Carpet Stories (2019); a multi disciplinary work that examines the Middle Eastern queer experience. Najée was also selected as a participating artist for Performance Space’s Queer Nu Works (2021) at Carriageworks. He currently takes a position on the PYT Fairfield board.Contact Me →