American singing star Toshi Reagon is taking centre stage in the capital – with two huge shows in the space of a week at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.
The Atlanta-born musician, who has worked with legendary performers such as Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello, will be wowing crowds along with her renowned band BIGLovely for an electrifying show on Thursday, November 2 before her post-apocalyptic opera, Parable of the Sower, is brought to life from November 9 until 11.
The brace of eagerly-awaited shows are a major part of the third annual culture season at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, which runs until next May.
Taking place under the night stars at the East Plaza, the November 2 outdoor concert will feature an all-star cast of musicians from New York, ready to strike a chord in the Middle East with a brilliant blend of rock, blues R&B, country, folk and funk.
The show will also feature guest appearances from stars of Reagon’s opera, to make for a unforgettable evening of musical theatre.
Just a week later, Reagon will be back at the culture spots’ Red Theater to bring late science fiction author Octavia Butler’s engaging novel, Parable of the Sower, from the page to the stage.
Written by Reagon alongside Bernice Johnson Reagon, the thought-provoking production tells the story of Lauren Olamina, caught in the middle of a dystopian America ravaged by violence brought about by climate change that has brought society to the brink.
The opera fuses science fiction with deep insights into gender, race and climate change activism to create a mesmerizing study on the future of civilization.
Bill Bragin, executive artistic director at The Arts Center at NYUAD, said: “Toshi Reagon is one of the most galvanizing performers I know. Her concerts are deeply generous communal celebrations with her audience. I have seen literally her perform literally several dozen times, and have never left less than elated.”
Parable of the Sower was developed in part during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and has been co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi for its big Middle East debut.
For ticket information for both shows, visit www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Toshi Reagon with BIGLovely and Friends: Dhs100 (adult tickets), Dhs50 (students and kids under 16), Thu Nov 2, 8pm. The East Plaza. Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: Dhs100 (adult tickets), Dhs50 (students) Thu Nov 9- Sat, Nov 11, 8pm. The Red Theater.