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Meet the Team

Since 2013 the originally small group of enthusiasts who wanted to create a 5-min-dance-short-film has grown into an organization in the creation and development of dance, especially contemporary dance, in Jordan. ​

The choreographer brothers Abd and Anas Nahleh, and visual artist Ren founded Studio 8. The three young artists have since then set the direction of the non-for-profit dance company:

– bring culture to the people, instead of leaving it to the people to come to culture.

– make stage dance a recognized profession in Jordan, make study it possible in our kingdom. ​

Our company started with nothing, with no experience in the contemporary dance production. We know what it’s like to rehearse under difficult conditions and in our free time. We know what it’s like to teach ourselves and how long it takes to reach an internationally accepted professional level, not only in terms of the dance but also in terms of management. We know how fundamental it is to persist. This makes our company strong and viable.

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

Artistic Director

Xiaoman Ren

Creative Manager

Anas Abunahleh

Production Manager

Noor Abughazaleh

Finance Officer

What is Studio 8?

Studio 8 is a vibrant center for performing arts in Jordan.

It tours locally and internationally.

Through innovation, experiment, development, exchange, education and research, Studio 8 contributes to building a shared source of understanding, identity, creativity, and cohesion, transforms and enriches the lives of Jordanians and others.