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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]