Dancing on the Edge Urgent artistic dialogues with the middle east



Performances beyond two shores is a European cooperation project between cultural operators who aim to strengthen the professionalisation, production and mobility of young Arab artists in Europe. We produce high quality theatre pieces, foster dialogue and experience sharing between artists and programmers, reach to new audiences, and facilitate networking between partners and provide their staff with opportunities for strengthening their capacities. We envision a new narrative of Europe based on intercultural dialogue, mutual acceptance, curiosity and open-mindedness.

Our main activities are:

  •  The production of a new theatre performance by leading Syrian Director Wael Ali. Under a low sky which tells the story of a Forty-year-old Syrian cinematographer obsessed with the idea of losing his past, will tour all eight project partners in Europe (Naples, London, Weimar, Athens, Plovdiv, Amsterdam, Brussels, Marseille).
  •  A series of six gatherings with a total of 15 young Arab artists recently arrived and now based in Europe. They are organised by partners during their festivals to exchange ideas on artistic practice and the working in the culture field in Europe. The artists that will be part of the gatherings at DOTE are Hilda Moucharrafieh, Younes Aboulakoul, Nidal Abdo, Samira Saleh, Mohamed Toukabri, Yazan Iwidat.
  • Staff exchanges between partners to strengthen their capacities, share experience and learn from each other.

The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe Programme and follows Performance(s) between two shores: Arab artists in Europe, implemented between June 2016 and December 2017.

The project is based on a strong partnership between European cultural institutions. All partners produce high quality cultural and artistic events engaged with the Euro-Mediterranean region. They actively produce and facilitate the diffusion of performing arts in Europe, especially with young actors of contemporary creation. The partners are: Les Bancs Publics, Marseille –France (project leader); Shubbak Festival, London – United Kingdom; BOZAR Center of Fine Arts, Brussels – Belgium; Dancing on the Edge, Amsterdam – The Netherlands; Kunstfest Weimar, Weimar – Germany; Napoli Teatro Festival, Naples – Italy; Studio Emad Eddin Foundation, Sweden / D-CAF FestivalCairo– Egypt; One Dance Week Festival, Plovdiv – Bulgaria; LOOP organisation, Athens – Greece.