XAVIER DE MAISTRE HARP RECITAL
The virtuoso of the highest order, French harpist Xavier De Maistre is scheduled for two captivating performances this season. His first performance is on Thursday 6th December at 8pm at the arts and culture haven Manarat Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, entitled Spanish Nights with works from Albéniz, Granados, de Falla.
The second Harp recital is entitled In the Heart of the Oasis with works from Debussy, Fauré and others, is set on Friday 7th December at 8pm at the historic Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain.
For his first appearances in the UAE, Xavier de Maistre will play a programme inspired by Spanish Classical music, mixing impressionist and modernist accents by focusing on the French composers Debussy and Faure.
The highly anticipated Abu Dhabi Classics new concert season of cultural harmony, will bring a dynamic and diverse programme of classical and traditional music to the Capital.
Sharjah’s first-ever art fest ‘Reflection’ at Al Qasba -gearing up to host the debut edition of Sharjah’s first art Festival ‘Reflection’. Aimed at offering artists, sculptors, photographers and musicians a platform for expression, and the local community a place to come to explore and enjoy the world of art, this popular leisure and tourist destination will be turning into a hub of vibrant activity from December 20 to 31, 5pm -10pm every day.
SHARJAH: Al Qasba is gearing up to host the debut edition of Sharjah’s first art Festival ‘Reflection’. Aimed at offering artists, sculptors, photographers and musicians a platform for expression, and the local community a place to come to explore and enjoy the world of art, this popular leisure and tourist destination will be turning into a hub of vibrant activity from December 20 to 31, 5pm -10pm every day.
Al Qasba management has opened registrations for established artists as well as aspiring professionals in the fields of photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, work on paper (paper art e.g. Origami and other), performing arts, instillations, sound art, videography, visual arts, and others, to submit their participation requests to: reflection@AlQasba.ae before 27 October, 2018.
“Aimed at being an annual cultural festival of music, art and learning to celebrate latest local and international trends in art, fashion and food, “Reflection” will be the first-of-its-kind cultural extravaganza in the emirate of Sharjah. Building on the emirate’s reputation of being the cultural capital of the UAE and the region, this art fest will see participation of prestigious galleries, leading restaurants and cafés, talented artists, and government entities. Through this 12-day event, Al Qasba aims to foster a community culture where creative people have an avenue to express themselves, network and showcase their works to potential buyers and the general public in a vibrant and engaging environment,” said Khuloud Salim Al Junaibi, Manager of Al Qasba.
“We welcome potential participants to get in touch with us and make the most of this opportunity. We look forward to celebrating the success of the maiden edition of Reflections with Sharjah and the UAE,” she added.
Visitors to the art fest will see artists live in action alongside Al Qasba’s picturesque walkways.
Live music concerts, talent shows, and delicious cuisines will all be in the offering at this unique cultural celebration.
Sharjah’s Al Qasba offers state-of-the-art facilities, premium services, and hosts world-class events which attracts a huge turnout of tourists and locals throughout the year. Each event is immaculately planned and visitors’ pleasure is always the top agenda. For more information, visit alqasba.ae
Play in an Interactive Artwork
Weave a colorful elastic world. Kids take the lead in building a vivid and enchanting public play space for everyone to enjoy.
For children ages 2 - 12
Thursday, Nov 15 @ 4pm
Friday - Saturday, Nov 16 - 17 @ 10:30am and 4pm
The Central Plaza
Book your tickets in advance.
From the Group that brought you Anything Goes, 9 to 5 - The Musical, The Adams Family Musical and Legally Blonde - The Musical, Abu Dhabi Choral Group is proud to announce that we will be putting on our Fall Show Musical Review, entitled "Lights, Camera, Sing!" in November. The choir of over 50 people will delight you with songs and some musical dance numbers as well!
The Show will feature songs from all your favourite movie musicals, past and present! Come and sing along to hits from Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, West Side Story and more! Children over 6 are welcome!
Raha International School Khalifa City A
Note dates are not continuous
LA SCALA ACADEMY RISING STARS
This season will witness exceptional performances and debuts turning the UAE capital into a cultural hub for classical music and the arts.
The mesmerizing La Scala Academy Rising Stars presents three different ballet performances commencing with Suite from Bayadere, followed by Gymnopedie and Napoli.
The Academia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, is recognized as one of the world's foremost institutions in training for the full range of performing arts professionals.
Tickets for all performances are on sale now at all Virgin Megastores and ticketmaster.ae
Celebrating the Year of Zayed
Water in the Desert: A Zayed Legacy
In partnership with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of Tolerance UAE
When / Thursday, Oct 25 @ 8pm & Friday, Oct 26 @ 4pm
Where / The Red Theater
Following the success of A Beautiful World in late 2016, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi presents its second opera project. Acclaimed director Karen Gillingham returns with her world-renowned creative team for Water in the Desert: A Zayed Legacy. An opera that embraces music, drama, movement, design, and film with a cast of two professional opera singers accompanied by over 80 school children.
Presented in partnership with the Cranleigh Abu Dhabi School and the Ministry of Tolerance UAE.
NSO presents a special concert featuring hit tunes by the most popular and influential crooner of the 20th century - Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.
Conducted by Andrew Berryman, the NSO Big Band will lead you through a myriad of hits, from swing numbers - Fly me to the Moon, Sway, The Best is Yet to Come, That's Life - romantic love ballads, My Funny Valentine, I've Got you Under my Skin - to favorites New York, New York, and, of course, his signatureMy Way.
Come hear NSO's 'Tribute to Frank Sinatra' for a memorable night out!
Friday 5 October 2018, 7:30pm, Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi
Saturday 6 October 2018, 7:30pm, The MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Palm Jumairah, Dubai
Tickets are available online now at Ticketmaster.
Emirates Palace Auditorium: Platinum AED375, Gold AED275, Silver AED175, Balcony AED125.
The MusicHall: VIP AED500, Platinum AED375, Gold AED 275, Silver AED175, Bronze AED150, Regular AED125, Balcony AED125.
Art is Cruel
Deconstructing Art: Principles
This 3-day workshop challenges the concept of art school (art as pedagogy) and aims to clarify the practice of young artists. Using simplified and straightforward directions that avoid the jargon and beautification of the art industry, this workshop seeks to realign the artist’s focus on the intellectual longevity of their practice through deep research and critical thinking. This workshop contains a short reading component.
Deconstructing Art: Principles & Practice, will expand over 3 phases:
Dismantlement: Each participant will be invited to break their own artistic practice into four parts: Objective, Audience, Method and Conclusion.
Development: Attention will be directed at each artist's practice in its most vulnerable state of dismantlement, in order to refine it through organised critiques and useful exercises.
Restructure: In this final phase, each participant will be invited to reconstruct the four initial components of their practice in ways that express a clearer vision and respond to the critiques and exercises.
Instructor: Walid Al Wawi, Artist, Curator and SEAF Alumni
Age: 16+ | Entry: AED 380
Community and Critique: SEAF 2017/2018
This exhibition represents a culmination of a year-long engagement in the Salama bin Hamdan Emerging Artists program (SEAF). The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (SHF), in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, welcomes a group of emerging artists from across the UAE to participate in this unique educational program designed to encourage and foster artistic growth and development.
Through 4 November 2018
The SEAF program consists of four pillars; the artistic development process, the critique process, the immersive studio practice, and an online community for participating artists. Through on-site teaching in Abu Dhabi, an educational visit to the United States, mentoring, online discussions, and 24/7 access to their studio throughout the year, Fellows are able to develop their artistic skills, establish a greater understanding of their own work and its influences, and strengthen their ability to articulate their ideas.
Community and critique are mutually supportive where rigorous inquiry, analysis, and reflection support the advancement of content and form in one’s process and work. Access to materials, techniques, and methods support the development of ideas, and form reveals itself through multiple iterations of the work itself. As we finish the program’s fifth year with enthusiasm and a commitment to the future of the program, we reflect on its impact on individuals, as well as on its role in the UAE’s vibrant and ever evolving artistic community.
Fellowship suggests togetherness. These sixteen artists have worked side by side all year in a studio-based community, supporting one another by exchanging knowledge and critical dialogue along the way. Bringing their works into Warehouse421 means stepping outside the intimacy of the SEAF studios, into the culture and community of the city. Presenting their work in a professional space provides an opportunity to share and speak about it with others; and thus becomes an important moment within their continuing process.
WHEN September 26 - October 13, 2018
WHERE The Project Space, The Arts Center
WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
الإبادة – (Alibadah) is an extension of an ongoing dialogue between artists Hashel Al Lamki and Mohammed Al Mazrouei on concepts of existence and evolution of humans as a species, and attempts to engage the viewers by pushing boundaries of definitions.
The work, directly driven by the correspondence between the two artists — one living in Abu Dhabi and the other in Cairo — is not intended to be written text, but instead makes use of every material available and every idea that is possible.
Hashel Al Lamki
Mohammed Al Mazrouei
The afternoon concerts include Voices of Harmony an all women's barbershop group and Sands of Music an all women's choir. Both are award winning choirs with fabulous tunes to sing! A fabulous vocal workshop will be a highlight of the afternoon presented by Sacha Kilgour.
The evening kicks off with "Diva Night" with soloists and small groups singing some gorgeous melodies. Returning to our stage is Kim Glaspie, the Desert Roses, Fatimah Rashad. Two additional "Divas" will be Zakaia Cvitanovich and Sally O'Neill.
The final segment is an Irish/Folk/Jazz evening! The well known Briana Corrigan, from "The Beautiful South" band will perform with Robert Millner and will share the stage with the most accomplished Irish Folkband in the UAE: AD Folk Group
Tickets may be reserved by writing to email@example.com. Donations are very much appreciated to cover expenses of this concert.
Stay tuned for any changes and additions to this music festival.
UAE Local Talents – 7 Emirati Pianists
Details Date: 11 May Time: 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Cost: AED 158 - AED 378
Venue: One&Only Royal Mirage
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
An interesting DCC programme: seven UAE pianists performing in a concert for the Year of Zayed that highlights the development of music in the Gulf.
Schubert, Impromptu No.4
Bach, English Suite in A Minor: Prelude, Bourre I & II
Schubert, Impromptu No.2
Scarlatti, Sonata in D min K9
Scarlatti, Sonata in D K491
Bach, Invention in F BWV779
Bach, Invention in F Minor
Fatima & Mariam Alhashmi
Debussy, Petite Suite (en bateau)
Faure, Dolly Suite (Berceuse)
Rachmaninoff, Italian Polka
Bach, Erbarme Dich
Brahms, Waltzes op.39: No.11, No.15
Beethoven, Sonata “Tempest”: First movement
Beethoven, Sonata “Moonlight”: Third movement
Mohammed Aljahoori & Ahmed Alnuaimi
Offenbach, Can Can (four hands)
Middle East Premiere
Shakespeare Theatre Company - Noura
By Heather Raffo | Directed by Joanna Settle
When / Thursday & Friday, May 10 & 11 @ 8pm | Saturday, May 12 @ 3pm
Where / The Red Theater
What does “home” mean and what will we do to protect it?
Noura challenges our notions of belonging, shame, and sacrifice through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants in New York. As Noura and her husband Tariq prepare to celebrate a traditional Christmas, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest—Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl’s arrival opens wounds the family has tried to leave behind, forcing them to confront where they are, where they’ve been and who they have become.
Award-winning playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) draws on personal stories of Arab American women responding to A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama of one mother’s struggle to balance her duty with her identity. Noura’s Middle East premiere follows its world-premiere production at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theater Company in February 2018.
“Raffo’s script bounces effortlessly between humor and strained arguments. It’s one of the most realistic plays I’ve seen in the last few years” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“Director Joanna Settle has shaped the raw talent of her actors into well-paced scenes that never miss a beat. Every movement and every line feel intentional.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“We’re not Iraqi anymore. A lot of this play is the loss of that.” – Heather Raffo
“I suggest that our value to national culture might lie in how open with each other we can be.” – Joanna Settle
“Noura…is a political show that could not be more timely in 2018. But the show never buckles under the immense weight of the pain Iraqi refugees have carried. They have faced war, and prejudice, and death, and battles to citizenship in countries all over the world. Noura pulses with this pain as its lifeblood and uses it to connect with the audience. The audience can’t help but feel something.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
NYUAD Attitude Dance Recital Vol VIII
Attitude Dance Recital Volume VIII
When / 2 Shows. Friday, May 4 @ 7pm & 9pm
Where / The Black Box
Attitude Dance Society’s 8th biannual recital
Join us as we display a variety of dance styles from groups on and off campus ranging from hip hop to ballet. Definitely a must see event!
This is the first time that there will be two shows and will include dances from Attitude Dance Society, NYUAD PE Dance Courses, Fantasia Ballet, and Body Tree Dance Studio. The show will be approximately 60mins and will keep you glued to your seats for that entire period.
Tania El Khoury - Gulf Premiere
Interactive Sound Installation | Performance (separate English and Arabic events)
When / Friday - Monday, Apr 27 - 30 - Various Times
Where / The Red Theater
An interactive sound installation sharing oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens.
“even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.”– Walter Benjamin
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who adorned the streets during the early periods of the uprising. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the regime. The living protect the dead by conserving their identities, telling their stories, and not allowing their deaths to become instruments to the regime.
Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments. Working with the friends and family of the deceased, the stories have been carefully constructed to be retold as they themselves may have recounted it.
“This piece will change the way you think” – What’s on Stage
“Eerily absorbing” – Evening Standard
“Out of the most specific experience, Tania El Khoury crafts something massive.” -Paul Mason, Channel 4
Tania El Khoury is a live artist working in London and Beirut. She creates interactive installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Tania’s work has been shown in five continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is the recipient of the Total Theatre Innovation Award and the Arches Brick Award. Tania is co-founder of Dictaphone Group, an urban research and site-specific performance collective in Beirut.
- Shortlisted for the Artraker Award 2014
- Artsadmin Artist Bursary Scheme, London, 2013
Hosted by Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Meem Gallery presents works by Palestinian art historian and artist, Kamal Boullata. These paintings re created to reflect a sense of time and a feeling of light, giving the viewer a feeling a spatial ambiguity.
DONETSK OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE WITH BOLSHOI SOLOISTS IVAN VASILIEV & EKATERINA KRYSANOVA ALONGSIDE FIRST EMIRATI BALLERINA ALIA AL NEYADI
Come to this celebration of street culture. Featuring cultural books, a coffee festival, skateboarding, parkour, & basketball. DJ's and urban lifestyle activities this event will include live performances, music and street art as well as free haircuts from localuae!
Date Thursday 29 March at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
A vivid tale of imagination, friendship, love and loyalty, the famed ballet tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes’ romantic knight Don Quixote. In a vibrant interpretation by Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, director José Carlos Martínez creates a fascinating take brimming with passion. Elegantly encapsulating the classic Franco-Russian choreography, he reinvigorates the story with the essence of Cervantes’ and the company’s Spanish spirit to realise a poetic, nuanced reflection on perfect love.
THE SAROD MASTER:
USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN
Date 25 March 2018 at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
One of the most distinguished masters in the world of Indian classical music, Amjad Ali Khan is revered as the sarod master. The sarod is fundamental to the Indian music tradition, shaping the character through its deep, weighty and introspective sound. Having travelled widely and performed internationally, international audiences from Pakistan, China and New Zealand to London, Italy, and Japan have revelled in this master’s expressive and entrancing performances. Amjad Ali Khan has been recognised for his contributions to Indian culture and world music through a series of titles and honours including India’s second highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan, the ‘Padmashree’, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the Tansen Award amongst many others.
PIANOGRAPHIQUE: WORKS FOR TWO PIANOS
Date Saturday 24 March at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
Pianographique: Works for two pianos by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Maurice Ravel with live visualisation performed by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa with Cori Olan
An immersive multimedia spectacular that re-envisions contemporary and classic pieces for piano, bringing them alive through the radical and revelatory approach of Ars Electronica. Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa will perform innovative works with live visualisations by Cori Olan, including ‘Four Movements for two Pianos’ by Philip Glass, Steve Reich’s ‘Piano Phase, and Maurice Ravel’s ‘Mother Goose’ – a piece co-commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival and the LA Phil (Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director) with Ars Electronica, premiered in 2016 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
PINK MARTINI – LIVE IN ABU DHABI
Date Wednesday 21 March at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
Known affectionately as ‘the little orchestra’, Pink Martini are an global music adventure. Founded in 1994 to revolutionise the lacklustre ambience of political parties and fundraisers, the band cross classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop genres, performing music from all over the world. Since then, the rotating cast of musicians and their multilingual repertoire have refreshed the most glamorous international stages – from Cannes Film Festival and the re-opening party of the Museum of Modern Art to four sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Academy Awards and the Sydney Opera House. The dynamic, beloved band have shared the stage with more than 50 of the world’s most prestigious symphony orchestras and have collaborated with acclaimed artists from Rufus Wainwright and Chavela Vargas to Gus van Sant. Bringing their warm charm and enchanting glamour to Abu Dhabi, lead singer China Forbes will be joined by guest stars Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, designer Ikram Goldman and Timothy Nishimoto.
ABOUT ART DUBAI
Taking its distinct identity from a one-of-a-kind line-up of 105 galleries from 48 countries, exhibited across its gallery halls and Residents section, Art Dubai aims to broaden the conversation on art outside of the traditional art centers. It does so by featuring galleries and artists presenting works from emerging art scenes, exhibited alongside, and matching the quality of, those from firmly established centers of the art world, making the fair a place of discovery from art from across the globe.
Mirroring the cosmopolitanism and energy of its hometown Dubai, Art Dubai is a human-scale fair that acts as a meeting point for the international art world. A manifestation of this is the fair’s museum groups programme, which has served as a platform for discussions and networks that last in time and go beyond commercial transactions, and has seen the inception of international exhibitions and artistic projects that crystallize throughout the year.
WE THE LIVING:
CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE
BY TANUSREE SHANKAR
Date Monday 19 March at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
This interpretation of Sufi poet Rumi’s ‘Human Being’ is brought vividly to life through the expressive art form of Indian dance. In the spirit of its source, ‘We the Living’ envisages humans as transcultural beings that have transcended cultural systems, religions and even their weighty physical forms. Acclaimed choreographer Tanusree Shankar, one of the most important influences shaping contemporary Indian dance – channels and celebrates a universal and uniting ‘life force’ that emerges from chaos. ‘We the Living’ is a euphoric, emotional and entrancing tour de force of expressive and contemplative ideas.
Art Week, initiated by Art Dubai Group and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is the region’s largest cultural festival taking place each March.
The 7th edition will take place between 18 - 24 March 2018. The week with comprise over 350 cultural activities thoughout the UAE including institutions, universities, commercial galleries, hotels and outdoor public spaces.
Art Dubai is the week’s anchor event, taking place at the Madinat Jumeirah between 21 - 24 March 2018. Further programming for the 2018 edition of Art Week will be announced soon.
SINGING THE LEGENDS:
A NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH OMAR KAMAL
at the Emirates Palace
The Palestinian singer and composer garnering global recognition, Omar Kamal has a voice that transcends borders and decades. His honest, pure power and capacity for connection is the same genius that has defined the career of the greatest singing legends – influences felt in his eclectic catalogue and captivating performances from Sinatra’s jazz and swing to timeless Arab idols like Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Fairouz. Kamal brings together these eternal repertoires and emotional hits for one enchanting evening.
Bringing together classical and contemporary influences, composer Ihab Darwish makes soaring music whose bold cinematic vibrancy arrests audiences. After years of preparation he will debut from his home country with ‘Waves of My Life’ with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by Stoyan Stoyanov. As well as this special live performance, Ihab Darwish’s debut album will be available to listen to as part of the Composers’ Platform.
Date Wednesday 14 March at 8pm
Venue Emirates Palace Auditorium
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano With Kyung Wha Chung (violin)
Two spectacular evenings with an eminent orchestra helmed by one of Europe’s most dynamic conductors. Founded in 1585, The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world; for Abu Dhabi Festival audiences, the orchestra will be conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, London, and joined by pianist Beatrice Rana and violinist Kyung Wha Chung.
Kyung Wha Chung will demonstrate why she is regarded as one of the greatest violinists of her generation, bringing her uniquely expressive, intense excitement to a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. The night will conclude with the might of Richard Strauss’ ‘Ein Heldenleben’.