There are exciting cultural events in Abu Dhabi this week

Why you need to check out the sensational dance and film events coming to NYU Abu Dhabi.

There are exciting cultural events in Abu Dhabi this week

There’s always something cool going on at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, and April’s schedule has been particularly brilliant.

But there are even more great things to come, with three amazing events all packed into the last few days of the month.

On April 28, contemporary dance piece Vitae is coming to The Black Box theatre.

This engaging dance performance has been choreographed by NYUAD theatre and economics student Kevin Ke, and his debut work tells the story of an aspiring artist.

Performed by ten dancers, the show is split into three chapters.

The first explores beginnings and endings, the next takes the audience on a journey of birth and exploration, and the final chapter sees everything descend into chaos.

In fact, it’s a huge couple of days for anyone who appreciates dance.

On April 29, you can catch the French hip-hop dance show Danser Casa in The Red Theater.Full of infectious energy and stirring music, it transports the audience over to the Moroccan city of Casablanca and depicts the burning desires of the young dancers who live there.

Choreographed by Mourad Merzouki and Kader Attou (both pioneers of Casablanca’s vibrant dance scene) the piece covers a whole range emotions.

At times the tension in the air is almost overwhelming, while at the same time an intense love runs through the plot.

This is street dancing in its purest form, and it will quite simply take your breath away.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold, and marvel at the skills of these talented dancers.

But it’s not all about dance at this cultural hub. CinemaNA - Contemporary Arab Cinema Series, has already brought so many moving and interesting films to the capital.

The next screening in the film festival also takes place on April 29, when heart-warming drama Yomeddine is brought to the big screen.

Written and directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, the showing takes place at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the event is a collaboration between the two institutes.

The drama tells the tale of a Christian, a leprosy sufferer, and his road trip across Egypt to find his birth family who abandoned him as a child. He finds himself teaming up with a ten-year-old Muslim boy and a donkey along the way, and a series of bizarre events soon follow.

Tickets for both Vitae and Yomeddine are free of charge, but you need to reserve a spot. Meanwhile, tickets for Danser Casa are Dhs105 for adults, and Dhs52.50 for young people aged 13 to 22.

So whether you’re into film, dance or just fancy a cultural evening out, we suggest you make some room in your diary.

WHAT IS IT...
The grand finale to the April programme at NYUAD

WHY GO...
To enjoy a cultural experience provided by some serious talent

Prices vary. Apr 28-29. The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, www.nyuad-artscenter.org (02 628 6868).

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