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The Beirut International Platform of Dance inaugurated its 15th edition Thursday night with Omar Rajeh's "#minaret," at their new performance space Citerne Beirut. Featuring a cast of internationally acclaimed dancers, "#minaret" is an encounter between contemporary dance, video arts, a drone, and an evolving sound piece inspired by the classical musical heritage of Aleppo and sung verses from the Quran. At times the dancers seem to be controlled by the drone like puppets, moving in sync.The drone patiently watches and observes the struggles of the dancers -- the way the world watches the horrors of war and poverty on the news without taking action. As the performance progresses, the dancers become angry and frustrated.The choreography was in greater focus during this scene, with Choi manipulating Kruschel's body and movements with limited instruction, presenting flowing lines and complementary motion.
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