A priestess keens her grief. Her voice scrapes the soul. Three men emerge from the bowels of the earth.
The Lebanese choreographer Ali Chahrour composes a primitive ceremony of staggering intensity. Between the sacred and the profane, the funeral procession begins with furious vitality. Heartrending chants, coded dance, secular rhythms; the life-affirming power of the funeral ritual is explosive. In a world of perpetual warfare, music provokes a state of trance and emancipation comes at the cost of everlasting affliction.
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