Dancing on the Edge Urgent artistic dialogues with the middle east
Dancing on the Edge presents and promotes Middle Eastern/North African (performing) arts, and provides a platform for talented artists from this region, who produce original, relevant, vital and creative work.
By doing so, Dancing on the Edge aims to increase culturally diverse programming and audiences in The Netherlands and Europe. Moreover, Dancing on the Edge stimulates mutual artistic exchange in order to contribute to the reinforcement of the arts sector in the Middle East and North Africa and to enrich the cultural sector of The Netherlands/Europe. Finally, Dancing on the Edge challenges existing conceptions and widens the scope of reflection in the social debate in order to dispel stereotypes and to encourage a more nuanced way of seeing the world.
Dancing on the Edge believes in the power of art and culture to address socially relevant issues. Art can ask questions, bring people together, point out the power of difference, and offer new views to break through ingrained patterns. In today’s globalized world, questions of identity and diversity are the order of the day, and the arts can address these questions through different, exciting viewpoints and collaborations.
Artistic and Managing Director: Natasja van ‘t Westende
Marketing/PR: Bora Sirin
Festival Marketing: Sze Man Ho
Office/Project Manager: Nynke Joustra
Board: Nan van Houte (chair), Laurens Runderkamp (treasurer), Samira al-Zwaini (secretary), Erik van der Schaft, Mauritius Wijffels
Dancing on the Edge works with limited overheads, but collaborates with several freelancers, interns and volunteers per project as well as with a wide range of partner organizations. The board members do not get compensated for their work. They do have the right to be compensated for any (reasonable) costs made to carry out their work.
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