Comedy

Sharjah gets a fringe

Sharjah is getting a fringe festival, with more than 600 shows – mostly (but not all) aimed at families – running in the second half of this month. You’d expect a fringe to be an add-on or ornament to an […]

Architecture

Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]

Dance

From radical to mainstream: why Merce Cunningham matters

“In some ways it feels like the past four seasons of presenting dance at @nyuadartscenter were preparing us for this moment” tweeted NYUAD Arts Center head Bill Bragin a couple of days ago. The occasion in question is the arrival […]

Dance

Dance of life: Company Wayne McGregor at The Arts Center NYUAD

There’s a long and (usually) distinguished tradition of science overlapping with art. True, it’s usually science or technology overlapping with design or fine art – from Renaissance man Leonardo to Marc Quinn, from Turner and Kandinsky to Picasso, from jewellery […]

Architecture

50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]

Art

Abu Dhabi Festival: an inclusive March?

ADMAF, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, has unveiled a characteristically eclectic roster for March’s month-long Abu Dhabi Festival 2019. This 16th year of the Festival looks like being the biggest and best yet – 18 main productions, including […]

Dance

In the beginning: what Bereishit tells us about modern dance

Some Asian dance troupes tend to be pigeonholed into a culturally specific style, typically based on traditional culture even if some attributes of Western genres are included in their programmes. Bereishit Dance Company is rather different. Yes, it’s based in […]

Dance

The meaning of DANCE

There are few occasions when it’s possible to be at a groundbreaking event in the arts, and know in advance that it’s going to be really important. Those last Velvet Underground gigs at Max’s Kansas City; Keith Haring’s Soho debut […]

Dance

55 performances in ROHM’s sixth season

The Royal Opera House Muscat celebrates its sixth anniversary in October, at the start of a seventh season of quality productions in the broad mix of genres – opera, concerts, ballet and dance, local artists, Arab performances, jazz, world music, musicals, […]