He was born and raised in Syria as a stateless refugee. In 2016, he moved to Amsterdam with the help of the Dutch National Ballet. Since 2017, he has been internationally active as an artist. In 2021, he obtained Dutch nationality.
Under the civil war in Syria, Ahmad Joudeh received constant threats from extremists because of his dance activities.
As a response, he had the words “Dance or Die” tattooed on the back of his neck, the spot where a blade would fall in decapitation. For Ahmad Joudeh, to dance is to exist. To give up dancing was not an option.
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