Performing arts

Telling stories on the stage....

For more than two decades…
I began as an actress in Amman then New York, but I quickly felt limited. I had a lot to say and was not satisfied with acting out someone else’s ideas. Thanks to an assignment to creatively interpret a dream, I began making. From interpretive dance to storytelling, one woman shows and plays – as performer and director.  Most recently, I’ve retreated into the sound booth … 
Here is a selection from shows over the years….

In the Lost & Found: Red Suitcase

“I was not always a woman, an Arab or a Muslim, these things only came in time, at first I thought I was just… insan: human.”

Language: English and/or Arabic.

A daring socio-political commentary in the era of the Arab Spring. A woman’s journey through language, religion and the media, challenging the status quo, making new meaning and finding autonomy (2010-2012).

Winner of the 2011 Etel Adnan Award for Arab Women Playwrights, Red Suitcase has been translated into Polish and published in Dialog. It premiered in Jordan in March 2011. Credits include the Fundamental Monodrama Festival-Luxembourg; The Sharp Theatre-New York City; Dancing on the Edge festival-The Netherlands, International Women’s playwright Conference-Stockholm.   

"A theatrical performance that leaves the female victorious."
"A mesmerizing tour de force... moving and hilarious... powerful, sensual, satirical, sacred revelations. The theatrical imagery in itself is mind-blowing - using nothing but light, color, form, imagination."
Karen Sunde
NYC based playwright
"een geweldige one-woman-show... Zo krachtig hoe deze veelzijdige kunstenares met woorden speelt en hoe ze de clichébeelden die we over Arabische vrouwen hebben onder de loep neemt.


Turaab: Arabic for Sand, Soil, Cemetery. (2015-2017) 

A dance without music, a play without words, but where everything is said.
A life span of a woman from childhood to the grave, navigating the way through questions of gods’ promised lands, but the maps are drawn in the sand and the desert wind moves them.  The guiding books are no longer there. Only the inner voice remains

"... clearly conceived and beautifully executed... A commanding presence... a spine-tingling performance with a message of resonating urgency... With no musical or vocal accompaniment, Nasser weaves metaphors of eternity, ancient memories, mystery and magic to captivate the audience with a powerful and personal story of feminine awakening, struggles with patriarchal authority and issues of survival. Speaking truth to power, “Turaab” captures something vital in the fabric of the Mideast experience manifested through the language of dance. It is Nasser’s gift to us."
Kathleen Kingsley
Dance specialist / Santa Fe

Credits include: Theater De Garage, The Netherlands; The United World College, USA, Fundamental Monodrama Festival, Luxembourg, Medrese Monodrama Festival, Turkey; De Balie, Amsterdam.

Live from the Dead Sea

“If the Dead Sea could speak, what would it say?”

A theatre and photographic project in collaboration with photographer and theater-maker Kristof Persyn. (2011)

Report in Arabic at 3aramram: Watch


Dinner for Once

Lana’s first performance in Dutch, sharing the stage with Director and actor Cees Rullens/st. Makadam Theater, in a musical theatre performance, with original compositions by Nard Reiinders. A story about aging, love and loss, dreams and turning back time. Performed in theaters and on-location across Limburg, The Netherlands.   (2013-2015)

Integratie Cursus 1

A cabaret performance about being an “allochtoon” in the Netherlands; an Arab woman trying to integrate… to little success, of wel?

Language: Dutch <> Arabic and a bit of English.


Skits presented at Het Geluk/Gelijk van Limburg – Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg (2016); De Internationale Vrouwendag – Venlo (2017); DNA van Limburg at De Limburgs Museum (2017); Kleur &Kracht at De Limburgs Museum (2018)

Dream Mapping Theater


“The Dream Mapping Theater is group of international artists and researchers exploring the language of dreams through contemporary dream analysis and interactive performance. Led by Dr. Kelly Bulkeley and curated by Alisa Minyukova, the project aims to bridge dream science with the creative process, resulting in an ongoing series of collaborative art, film and performance works. “

Full details of performances at:

Go with the flow

Director & dancer in performance about dementia with choreograph & dancer Grace Bellel (current)

De Passispelen

Choreographer for De Passiesepelen 2015 – Tegelen, and with Director Cees Rullens, and again in 2020 – which turned out to be 2021]


A short performance, embodying the ‘voices of Charisma’ as described in the book by Petra Stienen and co-writer Maximiliaan Winkelhuis.

‘Vergroot je Charimsa en krijg meer aandacht voor je verhaal’ 

Presented during the book launch on 9.9.2019 at Novamedia Beethovenstraat 200 in Amsterdam, 

Steps of Women

A site-specific improvised performance amidst and interacting with art installation, during ‘Odd gaat vreemd’ at the Musuem Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo [22.12.2019]

Costume/Design by Mariëlle van der Schrier & Karin Kortenhorst. Jewellery by Ine Van Den Bercken. 
In photo, inside “Lost keys” by  Yvonne Rooding

(The Making of) Veiled Monologues

In Collaboration with Adelheid Roosen /Female Economy

Seven the play

Taman Banat

Director, dramaturge and performer in ensemble performance with:
Dima Bawab, Majd Hijjawi, Toleen Touq, Shereen Zoumot,  Nadine Shauan, Tuleen al-Saket, Zina Asfour.  

Waiting Forbidden


Over the years, I’ve presented quite the number of stories – most of which I wrote, inspired by mythology (Aretmis in Jerash & Carvings on Stone) or by names and the dictionary (Arab woman Talking) and others in collaboration reading another’s text – as in this one – a favourite that resonates with me not only as a performer by a spiritual human being. 

Miriam’s wellAn Interfaith performance of Sacred Dance, Music, Poetry… The stories of Mary, Maryam and Miriam from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions, that illumine the commonalities and interconnections of the three faiths.

By and with Miriam Peretz & The qadim ensemble 

Performance at Grace Cathedral-San Francisco. (chanting @ 05:13 & spoken word @ 6:33min).