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DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre)

DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre) is the only non-profit, multi purpose creative centre in the region and is a hub for Dubai’s performing and artistic community. The centre’s outstanding facilities include a 543-seat theatre, a black box studio theatre, The Gallery of Light, dance and rehearsal studios, and 18 art studios, workshops and classrooms.

Click here to view the full list of events on Ductac.

DUCTAC’s aim is to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a varied programme of events and initiatives. Performances, exhibitions, classes and workshops take place at DUCTAC every week, providing entertainment and education for the region’s multi-national community and visitors alike.

This eclectic, inclusive and dynamic centre was built and continues to exist for the community and we’re always looking for partnerships, patronage and sponsorship that will help us to develop and progress.

Click here to view DUCTAC Newsletter Issue January 2017.

 

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Riding Madly Off in all Directions

Date : 20 January 2017

‘Riding Madly Off In All Directions', this is the first time the entire Shah family – Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna, Heeba, Imaad and Vivaan have come together on stage. While that is its USP, making of this performance is unique.

The story is collection of short stories in English, based on Canadian writer Stephen Leacock's, ruminations, and are stand-alone acts. The play has a special kind of humour to subscribe to. It's the build-up of each piece that's interesting to watch. It’s a complete, humorous family entertainement.

The Miracle Worker

Date : 20th and 21st January 2017

The Hive presents William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, a play based on Helen Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life” directed by Jimish Thakkar.

An illness renders infant Helen Keller blind, deaf, and consequently mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, Helen is taught no discipline and, by the age of 9, grows into a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child in control of the household. Desperate, the Kellers hire Anne Sullivan to serve as governess and teacher for their daughter. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and gives her the light and life that no one could have imagined.

Is Old Gold? | Pre-Exhibition Talks

Date : January 24th and 31st and February 7th and 14th 2017

Prior to "Is Old Gold?" Exhibition, #DUCTAC brings you a four-part talk series which gathers diverse voices from across the UAE visual arts sector to interrogate core tenets of its orginis, development and contemporary existence.

See the following schedule:
Jan 24 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | Knowledge Transmission: from the Atelier to Remote Teaching – dominions of Ideas and Inheritance
Jan 31 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | Imitation, Plagiarism and Tribute: Recurrences in Visual Arts
Feb 7 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | The Validation System: Self-Sustainability or Foreign Acknowledgement?
Feb 14 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | The Valley in Between: Generational Disconnections, Divergent Agendas or a Possible Continuity

Vous Pouvez Ne Pas Embrasser La Mariee

Date : 26 January 2017

An hour before her wedding, Emma finds herself stuck in an isolated room of a castle with Antoine, her best friend, whom she has not seen in 2 years.

They experience flash-backs of the moments that range from from laughs to disputes, from when they were 15 years old until today. They will travel through time and old emotions looking for each other and missing each other...

Will they eventually find themselves?

Mary Poppins

Date : 3rd and 4th February 2017

Turning Pointe Youth Ballet (TPYB) are delighted to present yet another full length ballet. This year's production is Turning Pointe's adaptation of the popular children's story, Mary Poppins. All the magic of the story is present along with the wonderful characters of Mary, Jane, Michael, Bert, the Penguins and much more.

Mary Poppins glides into the lives of Jane and Michael as their new nanny, making their lives fun through her magic. Tidying up the nursery becomes enjoyable as the toys put themselves away. A walk in the park turns into an adventure when they're transported into a magical world with Penguins serving lunch and children dancing around a maypole. When they come back into the real world they meet the Bird Woman with all her birds, they then go on a trip to the bank where Michael creates chaos as he tries to withdraw his money to give to the Bird Woman. The children and Mary Poppins run away from the bank and meet Burt who takes them to dance on the roof tops. Jane and Michael's father realizes he has been too strict with his children so he takes everyone to fly kites in the Park and they all end up dancing together living happily ever after.

With colorful costumes and characters as well as sumptuous scenery, TPYB's Mary Poppins is an ideal afternoon outing for the whole family. The audience will also be able to meet and take photos with all the main characters after the show, this is always a popular highlight of the event.

For more information contact us via email at info@turningpointe.ae

Praise the Mighty Kingdom

Date : 9th February 2017

The performance of Heddy Maalem’s young Krump dancers is a display of sensational intensity dance moves. In this contemporary dance show, Heddy Maalem creates with his dancers a pure graphic abstracted beauty, without taking removing their soul and dance style. Like the Hip Hop, the Krump illustrates: Communities still exist, through a shared identity. The way Maalem dialogues with the Krump is to bring it to a place where each individual dancer shows his best performance.

Company/Artist: Heddy Maalem dance company (France) www.heddymaalem.com/actualite.php

ENBD CLASSICS SEASON 6 – Pandit Jasraj

Date : 10th February 2017

Indian Classical Music today, is one of the greatest gifts of India to the world. And a blessed few, much beyond their fame and fortune, have devoted their lives to bolster this claim far and wide. While renowned instrumentalists have done it through their chosen instruments, like the Sitar and the Sarod, Pandit Jasraj has done it through that one God-gifted instrument: His Voice.

Pandit Jasraj’s achievements are beyond compare more so because vocal music is the most intimate and direct medium according to India’s musical treatise and tradition. And almost beyond belief is also the fact that he has carved out his monumental global following without depriving his many million domestic admirers. He has been passionately loyal to his soil, while his music has scaled ethereal heights all over the planet. He has single-handedly paved the way for Indian vocal classical music to resonate across the world.

Aisi Taisi Democracy

Date : 16th February 2017

The funny guys of the democratic world are back with NEW SONGS, NEW JOKES and NEW NOTES… watch the new show as Sanjay Rajoura, Varun Grover and Rahul Ram come together for their outrageously irreverent comedy special ‘Aisi Taisi Democracy’

Aisi Taisi Democracy is the coming together of stand-up comedian and social-satirist Sanjay Rajoura, writer and lyricist Varun Grover and bass player and vocalist of fusion band Indian Ocean, Rahul Ram. Apart from being politically aware and funny, their vibe on stage is that of three friends sharing stories, pulling each other's leg, whilst delivering content that is bound to make you ponder.

Expect pointed barbs at all that is weird, funny, surreal, and downright doped out in our bhaarat-varsh (India). Politically incorrect, full of personal stories of growing up in the pre-and-post liberalization era and a no-holds-barred look at the “Idea of India” – Aisi Taisi Democracy promises to make you laugh non-stop while raising some thought provoking questions.

The irreverent storytelling by Sanjay and Varun is interspersed with songs by Rahul, along with constant banter throughout the show.

Aisi Taisi Democracy

Date : 16th February 2017

The funny guys of the democratic world are back with NEW SONGS, NEW JOKES and NEW NOTES… watch the new show as Sanjay Rajoura, Varun Grover and Rahul Ram come together for their outrageously irreverent comedy special ‘Aisi Taisi Democracy’

Aisi Taisi Democracy is the coming together of stand-up comedian and social-satirist Sanjay Rajoura, writer and lyricist Varun Grover and bass player and vocalist of fusion band Indian Ocean, Rahul Ram. Apart from being politically aware and funny, their vibe on stage is that of three friends sharing stories, pulling each other's leg, whilst delivering content that is bound to make you ponder.

Expect pointed barbs at all that is weird, funny, surreal, and downright doped out in our bhaarat-varsh (India). Politically incorrect, full of personal stories of growing up in the pre-and-post liberalization era and a no-holds-barred look at the “Idea of India” – Aisi Taisi Democracy promises to make you laugh non-stop while raising some thought provoking questions.

The irreverent storytelling by Sanjay and Varun is interspersed with songs by Rahul, along with constant banter throughout the show.

Is Old Gold?

Date : February 21st to April 7th 2017

Predicated on curious desire to locate the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, ‘Is Old Gold?’ indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context.

In a comparative experiment that takes the form of a fictional narrative, two artists from the contemporary ‘younger’ generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a ‘character’ from the ‘5 UAE’. The experimental, productive structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students – Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.

This hypothetical experimental structure, wryly reminiscent of a family tree, is the result of perceived dislocation between these generations and seeks to describe the qualities of this creative, methodological and pedagogical gap. ‘Is Old Gold’ posits that the gap has emerged due to disparate socio-political concerns, was opened by the UAE’s rapidly shifting contexts, or else is the result of other, more inherently personal, motivations and choices.

'Is Old Gold?' straddles this gap, presenting creative acts of remembrance and reconsideration alongside games of fantasy and, equally telling, utterly disconnected pieces that are the product of defiance or disengagement.

Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhanad Ali, participating artists are: Hassan Sharif, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Taqwa Al Naqbi, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Maitha Abdalla, Amal Al Khaja, Mohammed Kazem, Jumairy, Moza Almatrooshi, Abdullah Al Saadi, Fatima Albudoor, Hind Mezaina, Hussain Sharif, Alaa Edris and Alia Lootah.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Date : 13th - 14th and 19th - 20th March 2017

"You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!"

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!

Directed by Maria Aberg (As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company) and designed by Tom Scutt (A Number, Nuffield and Young Vic), this playful re-telling of Dahl's brilliant and witty story will be a stunning stage spectacle.

“a whisker-licking treat” ★★★★ The Times
"This is a glorious, hilarious, exciting, joy of show." Bournemouth Echo
"A 'wondercrump' romp that will delight both kids and adults alike and have them 'churgling' from start to 'splendiferous' finish!" Daily Echo
To make a school booking, please contact Dorisa Soudi, Art For All at +971 52 919 5100 or email her at dorisa.ahmadi@gmail.com

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