Jordanian filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan will participate in a live discussion at the center following the screening of his film, 'Daughters of Abdul-Rahman'.
The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will host a lineup of film screenings, music events, theater shows, dance performances and workshops in October.
On October 1 and 2, award-winning director Joanna Settle and NYUAD Alumni Reem Almenhali collaborate in “Al Raheel | Departure by Reem Almenhali and Joanna Settle” to present a revival of a 2020 theater production exploring life as an Emirati woman through the integration of poetry in Arabic and English.
The center will host a live discussion with Jordanian filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan on October 3, following a screening of his film Daughters of Abdul-Rahman.
Daughters of Abdul-Rahman follows the storyline of Zainab who wakes up to a shocking discovery that could defame her in the neighbourhood. She quickly calls for her sister’s aid. Yet, fiery Amaal has her own secret struggle and is not having her sister Samah, who is too busy to be there. Meanwhile, Khitam tries to focus on her own mission.
Written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, Daughters of Abdul-Rahman stars Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsaiso, Hanan Al Hilo, Mariam Al Basha, Khalid Al Tarifi and Mohamed Al Gizawi. It is produced by Pan East Media (Saba Mubarak & Aya Wuhoush), Lagoonie Film Production, Wika Production and Distribution, and Arab Media Network. MAD Solutions manages the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
An in-depth music masterclass titled “Cosmic Music: A Contemporary Exploration of the Music of John and Alice Coltrane – Ravi Coltrane” will take place on 5th October, with Ravi Coltrane, Grammy-nominated saxophonist and bandleader will lead an interactive, teaching the skills and techniques of his craft.
Set to be held on 6th October, “Cosmic Music: A Contemporary Exploration into the Music of John and Alice Coltrane” will feature acclaimed saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as he reimagines the spiritual and ecstatic music of two jazz pioneers.
Scheduled for 10th October, an interactive workshop, titled “Including Poetry in theatre – Approaches to Writing Scenes” and delivered in Arabic and English, will see Reem Almenhali, performance artist and playwright, sharing her approaches to writing poetry into theatre scenes. Participants will be taken through writing exercises, to start a journey of their own.
Award-winning theatre and opera director Joanna Settle will share her specific approaches to directing for theatre, opera and performance art, based on some of her experiences, on 11th October in a workshop titled “An Exploration of a Director’s Approach”. Settle will share case studies and discuss processes for developing and presenting live performance, including some of the challenges a director faces.
On 24th October, “Urban and Contemporary Dance Workshop: What The Day Owes To The Night (Ce Que Le Jour Doit A La Nuit) by Cie Hervé Koubi” will feature Guillaume Gabriel, co-founder of Compagnie Hervé Koubi, as he leads participants through some of the fundamental principles of urban and contemporary dance, while on 26th October, the Centre will host “Contemporary and Urban Dance: What The Day Owes To The Night”, an extraordinary whirlwind of movement blending contemporary and urban dance with martial arts.