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Ahmad Joudeh

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.  

Ahmad Joudeh (photgraphy: Michel Schnater)

Currently, Ahmad Joudeh is internationally active as a professional dancer/choreographer.

He is also participating in charity events supporting refugees and their children, for example a charilty show on 28 November 2018 in Milan with SOS Childrens' Village in Italy.  

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

UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony, Geneva, 1 October 2018

Autobiography “DANZA O MUORI” (Dance or Die)

On 6 November 2018, an autobiography of Ahmad Joudeh, “DANZA O MUORI” (Dance or Die), was published by DeA Planeta Libri, an Italian publisher.

For more, see Book "DANZA O MUORI”


“Dance or Die” tattooed where the blade should fall

Gallery Dance or Die

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see  Gallery Dance or Die.

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Ahmad Joudeh

Supportgroup Dance or Die

Supportgroup Dance or Die is a crowdfunding project of a Dutch foundation Stichting Vrolijke Wetenschap.

We support Ahmad Joudeh and his creative activities.

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Ahmad Joudeh