NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center - Performances in October 2016

This month's line up of performances at the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center includes disco from the Philippines, a Japanese performance of Wizard of Oz and a "summit of string virtuosos". All sounds great, so try to not miss any of this.

Entrance is free for all the events, but but you must book tickets online in advance. Click on each title below for more information. 

Disco Manila
When: Disco Manila in concert on Thursday, 6th October at 8.00 pm,  Disco Manila live band karaoke on Friday, 7th October at 4.00 pm
Where: East Plaza at NYU Abu Dhabi 

Dancing queens and global crate-diggers, get down to the disco sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s Philippines and embrace the Manila Sound. Spanky Rigor and Roger Rigor, co-founders of VST & Company, and The Union [featuring Jet Montelibano (formerly of “Music & Magic”), Jessica Casas (formerly of “Something Special”), Nino de Jesus, Jo-ann Visitacion, Fulton Montoya] lead a celebration of Filipino Disco.

Rooted in an amalgam of American soul, funk, and disco origins, this euphoric dance music mixed with Filipino melodic traditions, filtered through the warm glow of the Manila Sound.

After the stars come out on Thursday night, the audience takes center stage on Friday afternoon, singing choice dance tunes from the rich and groovy Disco Manila catalogue in a special live band karaoke. 

There will also be a performance workshop and vocal masterclass on 5th October, more infomation about this can be found here


Yellow Brick Road directed by Tomi Tsunoda
When: Wednesday - Saturday, 12th - 15th at 8.00 pm, Matinee performance on Saturday, 15th October at 2.00 pm
Where: Black Box at NYU Abu Dhabi

Yellow Brick Road is a bold theatrical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, under the direction of Tomi Tsunoda. This devised theater project uses Baum’s classic novel as a launch pad for exploring contemporary conversations around climate crisis, displacement, bureaucracy, survival, and dependency.

Combining conventions of traditional Japanese performance forms with both found texts and original performance material developed by NYU Abu Dhabi students, Yellow Brick Road aims to fracture this iconic American fairytale and reimagine it as a prism for examining the narratives of global crisis. 

Driss el Maloumi and Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
When: Thursday, 27th October at 8.00pm
Where: East Plaza at NYU Abu Dhabi

A summit of string virtuosos, as the Moroccan oud master Driss el Maloumi collaborates with the Hindustani slide guitar wizard Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. The award winning “Oud Magician” Driss el Maloumi has been praised for the quality, purity, and delicacy of his playing and music.

Trained in Arabic and Western classical music, his music travels between different colours and genres, nourished by encounters with international artists such as Spain’s Jordi Savall, Mali’s Ballake Cissoko and Madagascar’s Rajery (as 3M), Iran’s Keyvan Chemirani, France’s Francoise Atlan, and many others.