NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center - Performances in September 2016

Zahed Sultan

Zahed Sultan

A new season of performances at NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center is back after a summer break. The season started with Nik Bärtsch's Mobile, a 27 hour performance that started on 1st September and ended at 10pm on 2nd September. I attended approximately 10 hours of the performance during the two days. It was amazing, felt like a rhythmic rituals slumber party. 

Below is the line up for the rest of the month (click on each title for more information) and I will share with you the list of all the performances every month for the rest of this season.

Going by the previous season, expect an eclectic line up of performances that engages with the community. All the events are free to attend, but you must book tickets online in advance. 


When: 7th September at 4.00pm (Family Matinee), 8th September at 8.00pm, 9th September at 5.00pm
Where: Black Box, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi 

Badke is not a search for a long-lost authenticity, but rather a nuanced expression of both a sense of belonging and a desire to be part of the wider world. But behind the relentless energy and joy also lie darker moments, alluding to life under occupation and violence. This other reality seeps into the celebratory surface of Badke. The dancers push themselves to new extremes, driven by Nasser Al-Faris’ infectious score. But in the end, however, one thought prevails: We will dance until we collapse.



Zahed Sultan and DJ Dolores
When: 21st and 22nd September at 8.00pm
Where: Black Box, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi   

Resonance is an evolving audio-visual project by Kuwaiti multimedia artist Zahed Sultan. Requiring sensory participation from an audience, Resonance blurs the boundaries of what is real and what is perceived, in an immersive live performance integrating music, visuals, and light.

Breakbeats and dub meet the sounds of Brazil’s Northeast in the this special musical hybrid from producer, bandleader and musician DJ Dolores, which reunites his original band Orchestra Santa Massa in a blind date with his newest project, Frevotron.