Educators, join us with your students for special Student Matinee performances for select shows

We are so thrilled to welcome teachers and students to The Arts Center this Spring 2024 to experience amazing live performances and interactions with the performing arts.

All school matinees are free of charge and are by invitation only, thanks to the support of The US Mission to the UAE. Each showing will be followed by a conversation with the artists. The performances are excerpted, specifically for student audiences, and the complete works will not be performed. Study guides with detailed information about the show and the artists will be shared with registered educators closer to the event. The performances are also sensory modified to accommodate children of determination and children on the autism spectrum, as part of our commitment to inclusivity.

To register your interest, reach out to Reem Saleh, Associate Director of External Relations and Partnerships, by email at

Matinee Performances Include:

Mehek – Aakash Odedra & Aditi Mangaldas

An enchanting exploration of the human heart, its desires, courage, and resilience, masterfully brought to life by the artistry of two world-class Kathak dancers

  • Date: Thursday, Feb 8th @ 11am
  • Location: The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Format: Kathak and Contemporary Dance
  • Age range: 8+
  • Themes: Exploration of the human heart, courage, and resilience

PETTEE: storybox, devised by Deepak Unnikrishnan

Ideas of living and leaving, of sharing real and surreal stories, weaved together through movement, music, and flight

  • Date: Wednesday, Apr 17th @ 11am
  • Location: The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Format: Contemporary Dance
  • Age range: 12+
  • Themes: Journey, migration, displacement

Every Brilliant Thing – Ahmed El Attar

See a multi award-winning comedy reimagined in Egyptian colloquial language

  • Date: Wednesday, May 1st @ 11am
  • Location: The Black Box at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Format: Arabic Theater with simultaneous English translation
  • Age range: 14+
  • Themes: Mental health

Duck Pond – Circa

The world’s most romantic ballet, Swan Lake, reimagined as a family friendly acrobatic spectacular.

  • Date: Thursday, May 9th @ 11am
  • Location: The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Format: Acrobatic Circus
  • Age range: All ages
  • Themes: Identity, true self