Syrian dancer-choreographer Yara al-Hasbani rehearses for her dance show "Unstoppable" at the Arab Dance Festival, April 16, 2018 at Paris' Institut du Monde Arabe.
AFP / Lucas Barioulet
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Yara al-Hasbani was putting on her makeup for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death.Six years on, Hasbani may be living a new life in Paris, but her feelings on the war at home spill onto the stage through her poignant contemporary choreography.Hasbani, who sports a bleach-blond pixie haircut and a nose piercing, has slowly rebuilt her life through dance after it fell apart with her father's death.His body was returned to the family 23 days after he was arrested by Syrian authorities. "In Rochefort," she smiled, "I'd dance in the parks".In 2016 she moved to Paris, a city where she found it difficult to settle at first."Unstoppable" is being staged at Paris' Arab World Institute through June 23 .
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