Ahmad Joudeh is a dancer and a choreographer from Syria.
Under the civil war, he encountered not only life-threatening situations, but also threats by extremists, simply because he is a dancer. As declaration of his determination to keep on dancing, he had the words Dance or Die tattooed on the back of his neck, the spot where the blade would be applied in case of execution.
In July 2016, Ahmad Joudeh danced for the souls of those who had lost their lives in the civil war at the Roman amphitheatre of Palmyra. This was probably the last art performance at this theatre before it was destroyed. The footage was shown in a documentary in Dutch National TV.
In October 2016, Ahmad Joudeh moved to Amsterdam with the help of Dutch National Ballet.
Currently, Ahmad Joudeh is internationally active as a professional dancer/choreographer.
He participates in events to raise awareness of the refugee situation, for example, one at the European Parliament on 20 June 2018, UN World Refugee Day, and Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony of UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, on 1 October 2018.
For more about Ahmad Joudeh, see Information.
My Word Is Free
Gallery Dance or Die
Supportgroup Dance or Die has collected links to videos of Ahmad Joudeh’s dances and media reports, as well as his photos. We are gradually building up this site.
Enjoy your visit to Gallery Dance or Die.
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