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to Mar 30



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.

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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.

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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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to Jul 28

MAS The Creative Act


Mar 08 to Jul 29, 201709:00 AM - 08:00 PM
March 7: The exhibition is open to public from 8:00pm to 11:00pm


The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, The Creative Act: Performance• Process •  Presence, at Manarat Al Saadiyat will bring together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art. The Creative Act: Performance• Process• Presence follows the 2014 exhibition Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, which welcomed more than 90,000 visitors and presented artworks from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection for the first time. 

The Creative Act exhibition  features more than 25 works in a variety of media—installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and works on paper, representing more than 18 artists. The exhibition will focus on the related themes of performance, process, and presence, which frame the exhibition’s curatorial narrative: 

Performances can unfold in a given time and place, remaining afterward as recordings and documentations, and they can serve primarily as the means for creating discrete objects. Since the 1960s, many artists have adopted performative practices, sometimes serving as the central protagonist and undertaking carefully choreographed or spontaneous actions, and other times functioning as directors by providing instructions to participants. These aspects will be explored in The Creative Act, through works by artists such as Rasheed Araeen and Mohammed Kazem

The exhibition will bring together artworks that emphasise the act of creation and will feature photographs, films, videos, and archival documentation that will animate the methodology, inspiration, and innovation of the included artists. Many of the artists stress the importance of process, producing works that reveal how they were made, that forefront materiality, and that allow for transformation over time or in response to viewer interaction. Their art and related archival materials will bring to life the dynamic working methods of artists such as Shiraga Kazuo and Tanaka Atsuko, who were associated with the Gutai Art Association (Japan, 1954–1972). The Creative Act also will feature another group of 1960s pioneers, among them Niki de Saint Phalle and Günther Uecker, who are known for their development of experimental approaches that involve the use of ostensibly destructive techniques and everyday materials to comment on contemporary society. The section will also feature an artwork by Anish Kapoor who is known for his large-scale geometric and biomorphic sculptures reminiscent of nature and living organisms.

The Creative Act also will delve into the theme of human presence, manifested by the appearance of the artist or others in the artworks as well as visible traces of the physical acts undertaken to realise them. Three immersive installations particularly exemplify this aspect. Works on paper and a video installation by Susan Hefunaexamine similarities between the choreography of dance and people’s everyday movements as they traverse city streets. 

The Creative Act: Performance• Process• Presence is curated by Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project; Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Assistant Curator, Abu Dhabi Project; with Sarah Dwider, Curatorial Assistant, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; and Maisa Al Qassimi, Head of Programmes - Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, with Muneera Al Sayegh, Programmes Officer - Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

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