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.

Read more about our activities of 2017 in the abstract of our Annual Report 2017 (in English), the Strategic plan 2017-2020 (in Dutch only). To learn more about our privacy policy please read our PRIVACY VERKLARING DANCING ON THE EDGE (in Dutch only).


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.


Board: Nan van Houte (chair), Laurens Runderkamp (treasurer), Mauritius Wijffels

Artistic and Managing Director: Natasja van ‘t Westende

Associate Curator: Lina Issa

Marketing/PR: Bora Sirin

Creative Producer Agnes Matthews

Visual Design: Mazen Alashkar

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.


We are currently looking for a Zakelijk Leider. This job requires fluent Dutch and English writing skills. Read the full job application here.