Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die

Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die


Agenda 2021.05.20

Eurovision Song Contest 2021

When: 20 May 2021

Where: Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

Second Semi-Final of
Eurovision Song Contest Rotterdam 2021

Organised by:
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU),
together with the Host Broadcaster and some 40 Participating Broadcasters See Organisers

Dance: Close Encounters of a Special Kind

Dance: Close Encounters of a Special Kind

Ahmad Joudeh and BMXer Dez Maarsen will perform during the second Semi-Final.

Joudeh will collaborate with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, artistic director of Ballet Vlaanderen.  

See an interview with Ahmad Joudeh and Dez Maarsen from 05:50

Head of Show, Gerben Bakker commented:

During our shows we are highlighting the best of the Netherlands and each performance has its own story. In this spectacular dance act we tell the story of our natural desire for connection. In our lives it is important to find each other and to pay attention to each other. And even though we are sometimes at a distance and the world is adrift, we still manage to find each other again. A theme that is more topical than ever due to the crisis we are still in the middle of. The choreography of both acts is illustrative of the time in which we now live. Two top talents who feel at home in the Netherlands shine in this act. Where Dez Maarsen was born on Dutch soil and developed his talent here, Ahmad Joudeh grew up in Syria and found his homeland in the Netherlands. The performance therefore has the appropriate title: ‘Close Encounters of a Special Kind’.

See Ballet and BMX bikes for second Semi-Final

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