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Baalbeck International Festival announces this year Program


Program 2014

Assi ... Al Helm
Choreography: François Rahmé
Direction: Joe Moukarzel
A Musical Dance Show: Steps of Bacchus Temple
This Lebanese star, a son of the Bekaa beloved by his audience, has traveled the continents, taken part in the celebrated festivals of Jerash and Carthage, has sung in Europe and in the United States and comes home now to the temples in Baalbeck in a spectacular show of color. Assi ... Al Helm takes us into the “dream” of Assi’s artistic journey, from its very beginnings to the height of his fame and glory. Veritable paintings come to life in song and dance to the rhythm of the four seasons. Singing live, Assi will revisit his most popular hits and debut a new, surprise piece dedicated to Baalbeck, accompanied on site by an orchestra and a troupe of renowned dancers.

A Lyrical Evening: Bacchus Temple
First revealed to the world in 1994 in the George Solti-directed La Traviata, the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu quickly became renowned for her extraordinary voice, her sensual resonance, her exceptional diction and her unbounded palette of nuance. Her starring performances in Puccini and Verdi’s great soprano roles as well as her heart-stopping, heart-rending interpretation of Adriana Lecouvreur, have placed her firmly among the constellation of the leading opera stars of our time. The Baalbeck Festival is proud to present this diva, whom the New York Sun recently dubbed "The World's Most Glamorous Opera Star".

With Hüsnü Senlendirici & Eivind Aarset
Birds Requiem
Oriental Jazz Septet: Steps of Bacchus Temple
Delicately navigating the strings of his magical oud like a tightrope walker, the celebrated Tunisian musician Dhafer Youssef and his inimitable voice are back, this time in Baalbeck, with a concert evocatively entitled "Incantations - Birds Requiem". His ethereal melodies will be accompanied by a troupe of exceptional musicians, including a very special guest, the Turkish clarinetist Hüsnü Senlendirici, performing in Lebanon for the very first time. Dhafer Youssef takes us on a meditative, feverish journey to a parallel world.

Acrobatic Dance: Steps of Bacchus Temple
The Canadian circus company Les 7 doigts de la main is well known for its acrobatic shows and human performances, enriched with meticulous choreography, theatricality and musicality. Their exceptional acrobatics were showcased to hundreds of millions of spectators during the three opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Turin, Vancouver, and most recently, Sochi. Their latest show, "Séquence 8," debuted in 2012 at the Festival des Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon and has met with the astounded applause of some 200,000 theatergoers around the world. "Séquence 8" is an invitation to an encounter with the Other, a magical and interactive experience that seduces young and old alike.

La Musica Deuxième
A play by Marguerite Duras
Theater: Bacchus Temple
Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, two giants of French cinema, lend their talents to the devastating text by Marguerite Duras, "La Musica deuxième". A woman. A man. They fall in love and come together, marrying, in order to “be like everyone else”… before they fall apart. The Baalbeck Festival is proud to host Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, to perform together one of Marguerite Duras' most haunting and moving texts during this year in which we celebrate the centenary of her birth.

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