End of the war: the dance

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Alex, supported by his hands, starts to rotate like a propeller as he practices what he was just talking about in a coffee house, "The purpose of our dance is to move people from a negative to a positive state, to move them from sadness to happiness."

His friend Jimmy, who does not live in Beirut by choice as his parents live in Italy, treats break-dancing as one long dance with many parts. He is now in the tiring phase, but hopes that it will eventually transition him to the joy of returning to the Damascene neighborhood of al-Midan, where he grew up. Once there, Jimmy says he hopes to wrap a Syrian flag over his body, listen to loud music in the heart of Damascus and dance in public, declaring "the end of the war."

Photos by Marwan Bou Haidar, text by Mohammed Mohsen


Blokes, I do love you so much since I saw a report pre-war from that ferrocious last time. The art of doing so is for my-self phantastic and I would like to see you live. Umar Frank

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