Summer is drawing to a close in the capital – and a stunning new season of super-cool, artistic entertainment is on the horizon.
The eagerly-awaited third Arts Center season at New York University Abu Dhabi is fast approaching, and culture vultures can look forward to a massive line-up of creative talent drawn from more than 20 countries, bringing live music, comedy, cutting-edge digital shows and dazzling dance performances to the stage.
This year’s offering will boast an expanded range of Arabian and family-orientated programmes, while many shows will bring interactive media to the forefront, continuing the Arts Center’s commitment to presenting work that bridges the gap between the mediums of art and technology.
The cultural carnival gets underway on Thursday, September 7 with the first of a double-header from Pixel, who will wow crowds on their UAE debut with their mesmerizing mix of hip-hop dance displays and eye-catching digital projections in the Arts Center’s Red Theater.
Other highlights to come during the art bonanza, which runs all the way through to next May, include another Abu Dhabi debutant, comedian Maysoon Zayid, who will be providing audiences with a hilarious take on her life growing up as an American-Palestian with a disability, breaking down barriers in the best way, with a joke. Zayid will be taking to the mic with her Arabic and English stand-up act at The Red Theater on September 13 and 14.
Elswehere, the world premiere of a musical collaboration between the acclaimed British Indian musician Susheela Raman and Pakistani Sufi masters Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali is set to hit a high note on October 19, while a number of artists will return after successful previous appearances at NYUAD.
Bill Bragin, executive artistic director of The Arts Center, says: “Thematically, underpinning many of the presentations this year is a sense of how the arts can create and foster greater empathy and connectedness, movingly addressing some of the crises facing the world. It is a great affirmation that the world’s finest artists recognise the world-class nature of our venues, staff, crew, and audiences.”