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The stage of Beiteddine Palace's Al Midan could easily have been mistaken for the facade of a Spanish villa Thursday night, as the Antonio Gades Dance Company performed two of their world-renowned flamenco shows. The troupe of about 20 dancers staged "Blood Wedding" and "Suite Flamenca," two quite different pieces for the festival audience.Largely considered one of the most important figures in contemporary flamenco, Gades founded his company in 1961 and went on to perform in some of the world's most prestigious venues.The suite is a series of seven traditional flamenco solos, duets and ensemble dances that Gades choreographed according to his own vision.The two soloists from the company, Stella Arauzo and Miguel Rojas, gave stunning solos as well as duet performances.The Beiteddine performance offered a broad overview of the flamenco form and the skill required to perform it. Whether interested in the tragic tale told through dance or an impressive display of traditional Spanish dance, there was something to be had for all tastes.
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