Welcome to the sixth season of The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

In more normal times, we think of a performing arts center as a place to gather together with friends and strangers in place and time to experience the transformative power of the arts, creating community in the process.

But we’re not in normal times. With the global pandemic and physical distancing still our current reality, we took a few steps back to reflect on what’s important to you, our community, and to us as a performing arts center. We reflected on the conversations we have had with you over the past five years. We came to the realization that The Arts Center is more than a physical home for the performing arts. We are a bridge.

A bridge linking curiosity with inspiration.
Connecting NYU Abu Dhabi with the Capital.
Joining the UAE with global audiences.
Spanning local and international talent.
Traversing cultures and disciplines.
Uniting hearts and minds.

We focused on the most important tool of all artists: creativity. And decided to invest in brilliant artists who are inventing new forms to engage audiences. Across the distances. Despite the distances. Performances to be shared by thousands of people, and by audiences of only one or two people at the same time. We are supporting local and international artists by commissioning new works that will be shared in-person in the future.

We’ve turned to a number of artists whose names you may recognize, as many of them have previously performed at The Arts Center and know our community. Along with their performances, these artists are offering a diverse array of Off the Stage events: virtual workshops in dance and in theater-making. Online Arts Chats, in partnership with NYUAD’s Career Development Center, which will give you a peek into the artists’ home studios, as they too are called to work from home. Virtual visits to NYUAD classes across many disciplines and academic divisions. Intimate online meals with the artists.

These times call for resilience and perseverance. We are grateful to the team at The Arts Center who have worked tirelessly to reinvent how we do what we do, while remaining who we are. We are also deeply appreciative to our lead sponsors Swyp and sustaining sponsor GAC for their steadfast commitment to supporting the work, and to our media partners Yalla Magazine, The National, and Abu Dhabi World for the ongoing support. To all returning Arts Center members, and all our collaborators throughout the university: thank you for believing in us. In appreciation, we’ve extended your memberships through the end of the year.

This fall at The Arts Center will be a season unlike any other, offering a path to new ways of thinking about the arts and our community. And once again, we offer an invitation.

Come curious. Leave inspired.

All the best,

Bill Bragin
Executive Artistic Director
The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

Mission & Vision

Showcasing music, theater, dance, film, poetry, family programs, and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.

As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center is a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and the community.

Located on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, The Arts Center presents the University with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. The Arts Center creates a dynamic space for research and investigation, encouraging the active pursuit of knowledge for audiences as well as visiting artists.
Excellence, collaboration, creativity, accessibility, innovation, respect, and understanding are The Arts Center’s core values, striving to be a beacon on the international arts landscape, firmly rooted in the region but with a global reach.