Circus arts

Fiq! – a high energy floor-filler

Circus has come a long way from the days of lion tamers, big tops and clowns with scary faces and big shoes. There’s no less entertainment today in ‘circus’ acts, but it tends to come either from embracing the extraordinary [ … ]


From the UAE to the world: looking for new ways to include performance in art

It’s good to see local arts centres collaborating on issues that might advance thinking and practice about the arts in the region. Three of them – Alserkal Arts Foundation from Dubai, 421 and NYUAD from Abu Dhabi – are responsible [ … ]


Making a home in the UAE

The Arts Center at NYUAD has been running Hekayah | The Story for the past six years. The idea is simple: an annual celebration of the UAE’s diversity, realised as a programme of performances in different spheres by performers from [ … ]


Making the most of March: meet up in Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation has cemented the emirate’s place in the contemporary art ecosystem primarily through two initiatives: the Sharjah Biennial (and the associated collection of works acquired after various SBs) and the annual March Meeting, its gathering of artists, curators [ … ]


Berklee opens its doors

Berklee Abu Dhabi has published its first programme of courses, with starts from 1 March. The full swath of Berklee courses at its US base covers a range of performance skills, including for instance musical theatre and composition, and many [ … ]