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BEIRUT: Twenty years ago, a young woman named Zahwa vanished: one day she was there, the next gone. It was as though she had never existed, recalls Lara Kanso, who has never forgotten her friend. Two decades on, Kanso – founder of the boutique events company O de Rose – felt compelled to speak out about the brutality Zahwa and other women face in today's Lebanon, whether victims of honor killings or domestic violence.It's horrible, because since I decided to talk about Zahwa we've seen many Zahwas in Lebanon".Driven by the wish to pay tribute to her friend, Kanso came up with the idea for "Les Noces de Zahwa" (Zahwa's Wedding). Blending multiple disciplines, the performance consists of three individual scenarios, united by a shared visual aesthetic and the common theme of violence against women. Beydoun was inspired to write the piece, which mingles poetry and prose, after Kanso told him the story of Zahwa.The issue of violence against women has been highlighted in Lebanon's conventional and social media in recent months.
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