Performance: The Rocks are Singing to the Sky

Dates: 17 - 21 November 2021
Curator: Rose Lejeune
Artists: Rand Abdul Jabbar, Mays Albaik, Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet and Super Taus

Through the frame of storytelling and interpretation, this year's Abu Dhabi Art performing arts programme creates a series of journeys through histories, memories and fictions. 

The artists in this year’s programme use not only live performance, but also sound, sculpture and digital interfaces to create a series of narrative, abstract and poetic experiences within both the fair and the wider landscape of Abu Dhabi itself. Intervening in the urban landscape, they bring its language back into the fair while also transporting audiences into new spaces of reflection and interactions with contrasting space-times. 

Riffing off performative experiences such as the tourist’s tour and museum interpretation, these works critically unpick the spaces of art’s display as a social constructs and explore how the audience can be performatively implicated within their work. Experiences of belonging and displacement, memory and language ask us to question how the very idea of a live experience is constituted to create new entries and exits into the collective and personal experiences of ourselves and others, real and imagined. 

Rose Lejeune, curator of the fair’s public Performing Arts Programme in 2020, is returning for the 2021 edition with a diverse line up of performances across different locations in the fair and Abu Dhabi.

Lejeune will be commissioning four artists including, Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet, French artists and Founders of I.I.I.I who explore projections of the future and anthropological knowledge through the language of performance and film; Mays Albaik, Palestinian interdisciplinary visual artist interweaving poetry, socio-politics and geography; Rand Abdul Jabbar, Abu Dhabi-based Iraqi multi-disciplinary artist whose socially-engaged works intersect architecture and visual arts; and Super Taus, Moscow-based artists whose Dagestan cultural origins inform her installation and performance art practice. Each commissioned artist will select a site for a live performance in locations both in the fair and around Abu Dhabi with the aim of offering an abstract and poetic experience of different objects and landmarks around the city.

 

 

Dates: 17 - 21 November 2021
Curator: Rose Lejeune
Artists: Rand Abdul Jabbar, Mays Albaik, Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet and Super Taus

Through the frame of storytelling and interpretation, this year's Abu Dhabi Art performing arts programme creates a series of journeys through histories, memories and fictions. 

The artists in this year’s programme use not only live performance, but also sound, sculpture and digital interfaces to create a series of narrative, abstract and poetic experiences within both the fair and the wider landscape of Abu Dhabi itself. Intervening in the urban landscape, they bring its language back into the fair while also transporting audiences into new spaces of reflection and interactions with contrasting space-times. 

Riffing off performative experiences such as the tourist’s tour and museum interpretation, these works critically unpick the spaces of art’s display as a social constructs and explore how the audience can be performatively implicated within their work. Experiences of belonging and displacement, memory and language ask us to question how the very idea of a live experience is constituted to create new entries and exits into the collective and personal experiences of ourselves and others, real and imagined. 

Rose Lejeune, curator of the fair’s public Performing Arts Programme in 2020, is returning for the 2021 edition with a diverse line up of performances across different locations in the fair and Abu Dhabi.

Lejeune will be commissioning four artists including, Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet, French artists and Founders of I.I.I.I who explore projections of the future and anthropological knowledge through the language of performance and film; Mays Albaik, Palestinian interdisciplinary visual artist interweaving poetry, socio-politics and geography; Rand Abdul Jabbar, Abu Dhabi-based Iraqi multi-disciplinary artist whose socially-engaged works intersect architecture and visual arts; and Super Taus, Moscow-based artists whose Dagestan cultural origins inform her installation and performance art practice. Each commissioned artist will select a site for a live performance in locations both in the fair and around Abu Dhabi with the aim of offering an abstract and poetic experience of different objects and landmarks around the city.

 

 

Listen to Rose Lejeune Audio Guide
Listen to Rand Abdul Jabbar Audio Guide
Listen to Herve Maillet and Louise Audio Guide

Curator and Artists

Rose Lejeune

Rose Lejeune

Curator of performing arts programme “In the Round”

Rose Lejeune

Curator of performing arts programme “In the Round”

Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet

Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet

2021 Performing Artist

Louise Hervé & Clovis Maillet

2021 Performing Artist

Mays Albaik

Mays Albaik

2021 Performing Artist

Mays Albaik

2021 Performing Artist

Rand Abdul Jabbar

Rand Abdul Jabbar

2021 Performing Artist

Rand Abdul Jabbar

2021 Performing Artist

Super Taus

Super Taus

2021 Performing Artist

Super Taus

2021 Performing Artist