Classical bharatanatyam meets digital projection in Written in Water, which brings the Indian board game, Paramapadam (Snakes & Ladders), to vivid life. With a live score that interweaves maqam with Carnatic music, the choreography unfolds upon large-scale projections of original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav.
An epic evening of the complete Bach concertos for two, three and four pianos performed by masters and prodigies from the esteemed Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Belgium. Part of The Abu Dhabi Festival Recital Series.
The Middle East’s longest-running poetry open mic shines a spotlight on some of the UAE’s most talented established and up-and-coming spoken word and performing artists.
A concert exploring different types of audiovisual relationships between live and pre-recorded music, and live and pre-recorded video.
Acclaimed oud player Sherine Tohamy presents her own compositions in addition to a collection of traditional Arab and international musical pieces with some of the finest musicians from Egypt and the Arab world.
Soprano Clare Lesser and pianist David Lesser are joined by guest cellist Laura Chapple for a trio recital featuring world and regional premieres of works by Previn, Rorem, Lesser, Tavener, and Wyttenbach.
Saxophonist-clarinetist Emil Sein mixes music, dance, film, and interactive technology in this innovative contemporary concert, developed in collaboration with acclaimed performer/choreographer/installation artist Kiori Kawai.
Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher in his mid-sixties living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding, in one month, he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father with delivering the wedding invitations to each guest, in hand, as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.
Celebrate stage and silver screen classics. Best known for her powerful vocals, Alana Barraj presents a reprise of some of her favorite moments with Abu Dhabi Choral Group (ADCG), original works, and folk & pop hits rounded off with some of her infamous banter.
Hedi is a young Tunisian man trying to figure out his place in the world. Plagued by indecision, he routinely submits to the wishes of his mother, including agreeing to her desire to place him in an arranged marriage and take a job as a car salesman. Things change, however, when he encounters Rim, an intriguing woman with an independent streak who inspires Hedi to take charge of his own life.
A moving sound installation sharing oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens.
Ibrahim, a poet and journalist discovers that he is dying soon from a fatal disease. He confronts his crook partner, Bader, and demands his share to make sure that his wife has a better life after he's gone. Shihab, a professional thief, forced by his boss to do jobs for him in order to pay off a huge debt, plans to quit the crime world to take care of his younger sister. They both meet accidentally and begin to see the world with different perspectives.