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Studio 8 (Jordan)

Mon 18 Sept | 8 pm – 9 pm
National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)

Studio 8 (Jordan)

National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)

Jordanian Production




Motion, light, sound, perspective, and dimension weave into one mind-bending performance!

The title for “Crossing” came from choreographer Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh’s reflection on his journey of searching for transcendence, his search for divine infinity, which is possibly transcending mundane infinity, the sort of infinity that we can construct and grasp, in simple everyday movements, in daily activities.

The process of making this piece can be understood as a laboratory phase. Together with Swiss interaction designer and media artist Simón Aurel Schwarz, they explore the essence of spaces, using existing materials to create new impressions for the senses.

Additionally, sound artist Shawki created a powerful and driving score that provides the perfect energetic accompaniment to Abunahleh’s choreography.


Mon 18 Sept 2023 | 8 pm – 9 pm


National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)

Entry is completely free! 

It’s first come, first serve and we are expecting to fill out fast so get down early!

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Concept, director, choreographer: Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

Dance: Emran Alamareen, Daniel issa, Saleh Belagon, Ahmad Wawi, Wafa’ Alsangalawi, Abdurahman Mabrok

Original score: Shawki Muasher

Light designer: Simón Aurel Schwarz

Visuals and installation: Miramar Moh’d

Photography: Arthur Tainturier, Malek Touqan

Produced by Studio 8

supported by Cultural Foundation, DROSOS FOUNDATION, Prince Claus Fund.

This production was made possible with the support of: 

Every year, IDEA commissions or co-commissions established dance creators, performers, collaborators, and presenters to create a full-length dance production for the international stage.

Through annual production, IDEA strives to provide a creative environment within which dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers can collaborate and produce unique, challenging, and diverse works in Jordan, loosening the boundaries between artistic labels, in favor of a more open and flexible view toward the artistic experience.

Studio 8

Studio 8 is a non-profit company based in Amman, Jordan. Studio 8 is a capacity building project that creates forward-thinking, cutting-edge dance works. It also is an educational project that provides training and provides resources that help performing artists to develop sustainable, prosperous careers. ​ It offers a creative space which serves as a hub for the performing arts, a welcoming space that brings the dance community together.


Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh is the Artistic Director of dance company – Studio 8, the Artistic Director of dance festival – International Dance Encounter Amman (IDEA).

Abd has more than 15  years of experience in dance performance and dance transmission in Jordan. In 2017, Abd completed an international master degree in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage in Clermont-Ferrand, France; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway; University of Szeged (SZTE), Hungary; University of Roehampton, United Kingdom. He also holds a MIS (Management Information System) Diploma and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (BA). 

His productions since 2017 include Crossing(2021), Wujoud wa Hodoud(2019), Space Harmony (2017). In 2018, Abd won the production award of Mawred Al Thaqafy Association (Culture Resource Association). 

Simon Aurel Schwarz

Simón Aurel Schwarz is a photographer and media artist with background as environmental scientist.

After having obtained a degree as an environmental scientist, he completed a second course of studies at Zurich University of the Arts and has since been creating works that elevated the inspirational play with light to an art form. In many cases it only takes a projector, some other source of lighting, or a self-made lamp design: «It’s amazing how little it takes to completely transform a room», the resourceful artist explains. For him, light serves as an immaterial building material that lets him merge various elements into a sensory work of art.

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