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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


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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to Apr 30

NYUAD Garden Speak (times not specified)

Tania El Khoury - Gulf Premiere

Gardens Speak

Interactive Sound Installation | Performance (separate English and Arabic events)

When / Friday - Monday, Apr 27 - 30 - Various Times

Where / The Red Theater

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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
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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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to Mar 25




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.

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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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