Friday, July 14, 2017

Ahmad Joudeh: Dancing for Peace

The Wild Reed's series "Dancer and the Dance" continues with Dance & Peace, a beautiful and powerful short film about Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh.

About Joudeh and his story, Lauren Wingenroth writes the following in Dance Magazine. They are words that serve as a good introduction to Dance & Peace. :

It's easy to forget how lucky we are to live in a place where we can safely pursue our dance training. For dancers in war zones or in places where dance is thought of as unlawful or inappropriate, a dance career can be nearly impossible. But for Ahmad Joudeh – a Syrian dancer who's had to overcome both of these circumstances – there's hope. . . .

Dance & Peace is a follow-up to Roozbeh Kaboly's 2016 3-part documentary film about Joudeh, Dance or Die.

For Part 1 of this film, click here. For Part 2, click here, and for Part 3, click here. The first two episodes go for approximately 20 minutes, while the third is around 10 minutes. Trust me, they're all well worth checking out.

Related Off-site Links:
Ahmad Joudeh: From Syria to the Netherlands, Dancing for Peace – David Mead (Seeing Dance, December 10, 2016).
"It’s Dance or Die": The Ballet Dancer Forbidden to Perform by Islamic State – Renate van der Zee (The Guardian, March 13, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts
Quote of the Day
Desert Dancer: A Story That Matters
The Purpose of Art
Art and Resistance
The Potential of Art and the Limits of Orthodoxy to Connect Us to the Sacred
The Premise of All Forms of Dance
The Art of Dancing as the Supreme Symbol of the Spiritual Life
Not Whether We Dance, But How
The Dancer and the Dance
The Soul of a Dancer

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