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The disjointed movement of dancers Dalia Naous (the choreographer's sister) and Nadim Bahsoun – accompanied by Wael Kodeih (aka Rayess Bek) – is a gasping, suffocating, ripping and discomfiting thing, meant to distill the present situation in the Arab world.The Quartz's young director Matthieu Banvillet developed a passion for Lebanon after 2009, when he invited dancer, curator and activist Yalda Younes to dance in Brest. Traveling to Beirut in 2013, he asked Younes to curate a program for the festival's 2014 edition, deliberately choosing to showcase artists working at the margins of the limelight.The audience was curious, asking a wide range of questions, but were most interested in learning how artists work in Lebanon.Among the program's several successful events was the Baladi Dance workshop led by dancer and activist Alexandre Paulikevitch, which drew twice as many people as the space allowed.Paulikevitch will feature in a video the students will complete about their week at the festival.The music and dance performances took the students by surprise as they assumed anything coming out of an Arab country would be traditional.
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