Dance as a frontline defiance to go beyond borders. Dancing against all odds, against all dangers. Dancing as a tool of empowerment. Dance or die.
Three dancers coming from three different countries (Palestine, Iran, and Syria), with different stories and from three different dance styles (Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance and Ballet) will present a 20 minute dance performance that will address how dance and the arts are important tools for building bridges, creating tolerance and understanding.
Later on we will screen the documentary “Dance or Die” and the audience will have the opportunity to listen to the dancer’s personal stories. The conversation will explore how they have managed to cross social and political barriers for the sake of passion and love for the arts. Because they had no other choice. How they through dance have raised their voices and become role models for a whole generation.
- Ahmad Joudeh grew up in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Despite intense opposition from some family members and society in general, Ahmad attended dance lessons, often in secret. In 2014, he was a contestant in the Arab version of So You Think You Can Dance. After the recording of the documentary on him for Dutch TV in 2016 he was discovered by the National Ballet in the Netherlands and was invited to be part of the company.
- Navid Rezvani was born in Iran and is a citizen of Norway. Navid uses the dance aspect of the hip-hop culture to express himself. After being one of the finalists in the Norwegian version of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and 2nd place in “Norway´s Got Talent”, Navid traveled the country with The Norwegian touring Theatre (Riksteatret). He has also been touring with the Norwegian National Ballet in the show Kingwings vs Operaballetten .
- Rima Baransi is a Palestinian born dancer and choreographer. She currently enrolled at three-year professional contemporary dance training at DanceWorks berlin in Berlin, Germany. She also danced with “The People United Project” for a couple of projects in Trier, Germany.
The documentary is made by Roozbeh Kaboly for the Dutch National TV program “Newshour”.
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