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IDEA - International Dance Encounter Amman

“I felt alive. I never felt so alive for months, if not in years!”


IDEA – International Dance Encounter Amman, is a bi-annual independent multi-disciplinary dance festival based in Amman, Jordan.

IDEA aims to put Jordan in the global dance scene. It creates bonds between dance professionals from Jordan and abroad.

Through supporting, producing, and presenting works for local emerging artists, together with a network of international and regional partners, IDEA serves as a platform for innovation, experimentation, and continuous development of dance culture in Jordan and beyond.

For 2019, the 1st edition of IDEA presented 9 cutting-edge dance works from home and abroad, including 46 artists coming from 18 different countries.

For 2021, our 2nd edition of the festival has invited 35 artists from more than 10 different countries to Jordan’s stages, outdoor locations, galleries and museums, with a specific focus on inter-cultural understanding and capacity building.

A carefully curated program included 27 exciting events, such as artistic residencies, live performances, workshops, film screenings, pop-up exhibitions, and online specials. 

IDEA is organized and curated by Studio 8, partnering with local, regional and international organizations. Established in 2014, Studio 8 held more than a hundred workshops while organizing and implementing many events, with a focus on creating multidisciplinary dance productions.

Explore the events

IDEA 2021 had returned with buzz and excitement. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to be among the first to hear about news, opportunities and events. Download the festival catalog – IDEA 2021.

IDEA Festival 2019

Watch some of our favorite moments from IDEA Festival 2019, and explore recent and archived projects. Download the festival lookbook – IDEA 2019.

Year-round Program

IDEA is an educational platform dedicated to building connections between artists and innovators in Jordan and the world‭.

We offer year-round learning programmes, incubator programmes, seed funding, direct mentorship, and personalized guidance; working hand-in-hand with artists, makers, performers to develop new and original productions and concepts.

Through learning programmes, we strive to provide a creative environment within which dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers could collaborate in producing unique, challenging and diverse works in Jordan, loosing boundaries between artistic labels, in favor of a more open and flexible view toward the art experience.