Syrian Dancer Performs in Paris' Empty Streets

Published April 26th, 2020 - 06:28 GMT

Dancer Yara al-Hasbani is used to causing a stir everywhere she goes.

The Syrian choreographer has drawn crowds across France for her performances in public squares and parks.

But there wasn't a soul in sight as she performed a series of spectacular ballet moves in front of the deserted grand monuments of Paris for AFP.

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Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance in front the Louvre museum pyramid in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance in front the Louvre museum pyramid in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Hasbani, her mother and two siblings came to France three years ago after they were granted refugee visas in Europe. First arrived in Rochefort, a scenic port town in the southwest of France, she moved to Paris in 2016. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Hasbani, her mother and two siblings came to France three years ago after they were granted refugee visas in Europe. First arrived in Rochefort, a scenic port town in the southwest of France, she moved to Paris in 2016. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

But her first visit to the famous Palais Garnier theatre opened the emotional floodgates and made her create the performance "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to exile. Her dance may be silent, she said once, but she'll carry on "raising her voice so people don't forget." Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

But her first visit to the famous Palais Garnier theatre opened the emotional floodgates and made her create the performance "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to exile. Her dance may be silent, she said once, but she'll carry on "raising her voice so people don't forget." Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance in front the Louvre museum pyramid in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Hasbani, her mother and two siblings came to France three years ago after they were granted refugee visas in Europe. First arrived in Rochefort, a scenic port town in the southwest of France, she moved to Paris in 2016. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
But her first visit to the famous Palais Garnier theatre opened the emotional floodgates and made her create the performance "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to exile. Her dance may be silent, she said once, but she'll carry on "raising her voice so people don't forget." Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance in front the Louvre museum pyramid in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance in front the Louvre museum pyramid in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Hasbani, her mother and two siblings came to France three years ago after they were granted refugee visas in Europe. First arrived in Rochefort, a scenic port town in the southwest of France, she moved to Paris in 2016. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Hasbani, her mother and two siblings came to France three years ago after they were granted refugee visas in Europe. First arrived in Rochefort, a scenic port town in the southwest of France, she moved to Paris in 2016. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
But her first visit to the famous Palais Garnier theatre opened the emotional floodgates and made her create the performance "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to exile. Her dance may be silent, she said once, but she'll carry on "raising her voice so people don't forget." Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
But her first visit to the famous Palais Garnier theatre opened the emotional floodgates and made her create the performance "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to exile. Her dance may be silent, she said once, but she'll carry on "raising her voice so people don't forget." Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on April 22, 2020, on the 37th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP
Syrian dancer and choreographer Yara al-Hasbani performs a dance on the empty Trocadero square in Paris on April 22, 2020. Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP