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May
10
to May 12

NYUAD Shakespeare Theater Company -Noura

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

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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

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Feb
7
to Feb 9

NYUAD Aakash Odera Company - #JeSuis Black Box Theater

Performance Aakash Odedra Company — #JeSuis

  • February 7-8, 2018, 8pm
  • February 9, 2018, 2pm and 8pm

LocationBlack Box, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

A new ensemble work choreographed by award winning, contemporary British dancer Aakash Odedra, exploring the relevance of a life in conflict. World Premiere — Co-commissioned by The Arts Center .This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required, please visit The NYUAD Arts Center website for more ticket information.

Aakash Odedra is an award winning, contemporary British dancer.

Aakash was born in Birmingham and trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak (Nilima Devi, Leicester and Asha Joglekar, India) and Bharat Natyam (Chitraleka Bolar, Birmingham and Chhaya Kantaveh, India) . His early development in the United Kingdom saw support from Sampad (including support in a development bursary) and Akademi (through a major choreographic bursary). In 2009, Aakash performed a solo choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia titled ‘Maati Re’ at the Svapngata Festival at Sadler’s Wells curated by Akram Khan. Khan followed this with a period of m entorship, allowing Aakash to develop contemporary movement. He took part in the European Network of Performing Arts’ 2010 ChoreoLab in Serbia through Dance Umbrella. Also in 2010, he performed a duet with Sanjukta Sinha choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia titled ‘Tatha’ , He incorporates that training in a unique synthesis with contemporary dance, both in his choreography and his creations with other choreographers.

Aakash formed Aakash Odedra Company in 2011 as a vehicle for commissioning solos and for Aakash to develop his own choreographic work. His debut full length solo Rising featured new short works created on him by Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant. As choreographer he was commissioned to create a piece for James Brown: Get on the Good Foot ( Apollo Theater , New York ) and the Opera God’s Little Soldier (Theater Freiburg), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. Aakash has received numerous awards and bursaries, , a Danza&Danza award (Italy), a Dora performance award (Canada), Audience Award Dance Week 2013 (Croatia) and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. In May 2014 Aakash Odedra Company presented Murmur (with Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Inked (by Damien Jalet) at International Dance Festival Birmingham.

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Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

NYUAD Angelique Kidjo's Remain in Light

Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light

 T hree-time Grammy winner, and one of the African continent’s most influential figures performing for the first time in the UAE, Angélique Kidjo reimagines  Remain in Light , with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals, joined by the Antibalas Horns. The project, which premiered to broad acclaim at NY’s Carnegie Hall, and was one of the standout performances at Bonnaroo, makes its UAE debut.

Three-time Grammy winner, and one of the African continent’s most influential figures performing for the first time in the UAE, Angélique Kidjo reimagines Remain in Light, with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals, joined by the Antibalas Horns. The project, which premiered to broad acclaim at NY’s Carnegie Hall, and was one of the standout performances at Bonnaroo, makes its UAE debut.

WHEN:  Saturday, February 3, 2018 8pm

WHEREEast Plaza, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

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