Abu Dhabi Art 2015 - Performing Arts

This year's edition of Abu Dhabi Art will take place between 18th and 21st November. In addition to the galleries exhibiting at the fair, there will be talks and performances. 

I plan to focus on the performances programme which is listed below. If time permits, I will try to attend a talk or two and also try to see as much art as I can. 

The performances will take place in various locations in Manarat Al Saadiyat and one event at Saadiyat Beach Club. Below is a breakdown based on locations and I've added the dates and timings for each event.

I also recommend you see all the events listed on Abu Dhabi Art's website. The events are free to attend but you must register in advance or at the registration desk at the fair. And you can find out how directions to Abu Dhabi Art here.

Location: Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat

Le Cri 

18th November, 7:00pm-8.00pm        

Le Cri, a performance by choreographer Nacera Belaza who was awarded the Prix de la révélation choréographique in 2008 by the Union of criticism Theatre, Music and Dance in France for this work, in which two performers explore the unique potential of movement through a combination of  jazz music, traditional and contemporary moves. 

Koreless and Emmanuel Biard 

20th November, 8:00pm-9:00pm

With the use of a special machine, mirrors, laser-beam projections and smoke machine, The Well brings together two great artists; the young producer Koreless and the visual artist Emmanuel Biard.

The artists create an entirely immersive ambience; a well of emotion offering both unexpected and surprising wellbeing.

Location: Atrium, Manarat Al Saadiyat


19th and 20th November, 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

55 is a solo choreographic piece by Radouan Mriziga, addressing the question of the amount and nature of the information a performer exchanges with the viewer to communicate, punctuate and confuse the reading of a situation.

The performer’s body becomes the sole vehicle and scale, making each performance completely unique.

Location: Plaza, Manarat Al Saadiyat


18th, 19th, 21st November,  6:30pm-7:00pm and 8:00pm- 8:30pm                       


Happiest, a live in situ performance conceived by Compagnie Des Prairies, who has been working for 10 years on this concept, invites the public to interact with the architecture and artworks presented at Manarat Al Saadiyat through the medium of dance.  

Morning Sun

20th November,  7:35pm- 8:00pm 

21st November,  7:05pm-7:30pm

Perrine Valli’s live performance pieces draw from the paintings of Edward Hopper to create a poetic moment of art and aesthetic.

Perrine Valli questions the representation of Edward Hopper’s paintings through her performance. 

Les Bosquets 

18th November, 8:30pm-9:00pm             

19th November, 9:00pm-9:30pm         

20th November, 9:00pm-9:30pm            

21st November, 7:30pm-8:00pm 

Inspired by French ghettos and with the New York City Ballet, JR’s video piece Les Bosquets interweaves art, social uproar and the power of images.

The short film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015; it features dancer Lil Buck, and musicians Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Woodkid.  

Location: Saadiyat Beach Club 

Islam Chipsy E.E.K and 100 copies 

19th November, 10.30pm till midnight 

A musical performance by Islam Chipsy E.E.K and 100 copies in collaboration with local percussionists, that will merge a repertoire of musical genres with shebabi shaabi influences, 1970s band music and trance, against a background of exceptionally fast beats, leading the audience into a unique experience of sounds and melodies.