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"It's difficult to sustain a cultural festival in this country," observed Maqamat Dance Theatre's Mia Habis Tuesday evening. At a news conference announcing the 10th BIPOD program, The Beirut International Platform of Dance, Habis and artistic director of Maqamat Omar Rajeh celebrated their achievement in organizing 10 uninterrupted editions of the festival in a country where many long-running annual cultural festivals have been forced to skip at least one year due to security concerns. Organized by Maqamat, in partnership with Beiteddine Art Festival, the festival of contemporary dance has spent the last decade striving to promote cultural exchange locally while establishing itself as the premier platform for dance in the region.Aiming to follow the framework of human evolution, the performance uses live video projection to create elaborate visual effects as Rigal dances three aspects of humanity: the animal man, the individual man and the social man.Maqamat will also be launching a book, "Ten years of BIPOD," tracing the festival's most memorable moments through pictures, notes and drawings from BIPOD's Artist Book and letters from the international choreographers and dancers who have taken part in the festival over the years.
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