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JBEIL, Lebanon: Lebanese dance troupe Caracalla paid tribute to the ancient city of Byblos Friday night with its spectacle "Finiqia: The Legend Lives On". Presenting 85 performers in 500 stunning costumes, Ivan Caracalla's show blended the company's trademark mix of ballet and folkloric dancing with a dash of theater and musical numbers.It tells a tale of forbidden love, set in the era when Byblos was a bucolic village fixed in Arab custom.The village is made up of two main families, who are feuding, and it's not long before a fight breaks out.Leila despairs, but come midnight Mezyan throws rocks at Leila's balcony window and lures her down for a beautiful dance duet.Leila's matchmaking mother spies them and orders Leila to forget her lover for the good of the village. While beautifully crafted, these scenes in ancient Byblos are quite disconnected from the main plot.
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