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Dance Symposium

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Dance Symposium

To serve as a platform for artistic exchange, a 3-day-symposium (26th, 27th, 28th August, 2019) is set for networking and sharing knowledge from international and local cultural experts, curators, educators, teachers, performers and dance-makers. Through presentations, physical games, and creative exercises, artists meet, share, study and discuss together the situation of contemporary dance in Jordan and the process of dance-making.

There were more than 30 Jordanian Artists that participated in the Symposium.





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Moderator: Xiaoman Ren

Invited Speakers: Samar Dudin, Raed Asfour

Guest Artists: Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh, Gizem Bilgen, Micaël Florentz, Angela Rabaglio, Marc Oosterhoff, Dai Jian, Clara Cortes, Francios Donato, Konstantinos Kranidiotis, Stella Mavroidi, Danai Panou, Zafeiria Tsirakak, Orestis Alexiadis, Nick Kosmas

Samar Dudin

Samar Dudin, one of the pioneers of Drama and Theatre in Education in Jordan and a lifelong cultural activist, is Regional Director and Head of Programs at Ruwwad Al Tanmeya a Community and Youth Empowerment Organization. Samar organizes community led campaigns tackling literacy, child safety and better parenting.

In 2006 she founded the youth empowering initiative Takween Open Spaces in Amman Jordan and has developed several innovative and multi-disciplinary initiatives that integrate education, development and the arts targeting mainly children, youth and their caretakers in local communities. She is also the director /creator of many innovative community based theatre pieces.

Samar graduated from Santa Clara California with a degree in Theatre Arts . She is a member of The Advisory Committee of the Arab Education Forum, a founding board member of Al Balad Theater, and a founding member of Mujtama3 an Arab platform for Community Organizers. Samar has also worked as member of the task force of the national agenda on social welfare and poverty and as a trainer on leadership with the International Women’s Forum. She dedicates her time in developing Ruwwad’s Programs and regional expansion in the Arab World .

Raed Asfour

Scenographer, theatre director and cultural manager working in Jordan and the Arab region. Asfour has a BA in theatre arts and extensive experience in theatre, film and TV production in Jordan and Syria over the past 20 years.

He served as executive director of the Amman International Theatre festival from 1994 – 2004. In 2005, he led the process of transforming an old cinema house in down town Amman to become Al Balad Theatre: a multi-purpose cultural center which he currently directs.

Asfour is also executive director of the Arab Theatre Training Center, ATTC, a Lebanese based pan-Arab organization aiming to develop the performing arts in the region through training and research.

Gizem Bilgen

Gizem Bilgen completed her dance education at Codarts, Rotterdamse Dansacademie.

During her academic studies, her choreographies were performed in Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Tilburg and Eindhoven and in Body Building / Instillation Performance Corporation with visual artist Henrik Vibskov, Museum Night, NAI, Architecture Museum of Rotterdam. She completed her internship with Sasha Waltz & Guests at RadialSystem V in Berlin in 2010 and was invited to an artist residency program at Riksteatern with Cullberg Ballet in April 2011.

She received her MPA degree from MSFAU State Conservatory, Contemporary Dance Department in Istanbul. Her thesis project Hiatus was performed at IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) 19 th InternationalTheatre Festival. She worked as a dance instructor at Yıldız Teknik University Faculty of Art and Design Dance Department and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Contemporary Dance Department in the previous years.

Currently, she teaches movement techniques classes at Yeditepe University Theatre Department. She continues to collaborate with and take part in projects by ŞahikaTekand Studio Oyuncuları, Akbank Sanat and Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project – ZTDP; works as a consultant and instructor in the field of dance and a freelance dancer and a choreographer in independent performing art projects.