2018 Durub Al Tawaya & Arts in Motion

Durub Al Tawaya VI: Technology 

Dates: 10 November -  26 January 2018
Manarat Al Saadiyat and various locations in Abu Dhabi

Moving into its sixth edition, Durub Al Tawaya, the annual performing arts program investigates technology as a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art, providing artists with new tools for artistic expression. Performance artists today are creating works with many new and different forms, engaging with various urban contexts beyond the usual venues of the theater or the gallery.  

Since its first edition, Durub Al Tawaya has been committed to developing connections with the city of Abu Dhabi through inviting artists to present and produce works that engage with its urban fabric and its inhabitants, creating a new visual language specific to this context. In collaboration with different partners in the city, the program of Durub Al Tawaya will extend over three months, and will host performances and new productions as well as works from its repertoire in different art venues and other spaces throughout the city.

Curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh

Launched in 2013, Durub Al Tawaya is a performing arts programme that takes place over the course of three months across the city of Abu Dhabi.
Durub Al Tawaya offer visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary performance art through the performing arts programme. The programme will see site-specific performances throughout Abu Dhabi Art and in different locations throughout the city.

The title of the programme is inspired by the long paths (durub in Arabic) taken across the desert; tawaya which refers to underground water springs and to taway, which denotes layers of meaning in classical Arabic, and stands for ideas and values that are revealed as they unfold.


Arts in Motion

Dates: 14 - 17 November 2018
Manarat Al Saadiyat

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has been a beacon of artistic progression over the years and has collected a great number of modern and contemporary artworks in its permanent collection, many from its flagship cultural event, Abu Dhabi Art, held each year at Manarat Al Saadiyat.   
To commemorate its tenth edition, Abu Dhabi Art is pleased to offer a glimpse into the permanent collection of the Department and highlight four important artworks that will be exhibited in Manarat Al Saadiyat during the fair through the transformative performances, Arts in Motion.  
Arts in Motion, a series of dynamic performances commissioned and choreographed in response to four masterpieces in the permanent collection of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, will be observed over several days during Abu Dhabi Art 2018. The performances by the Sima Dance Company will encapsulate the intangible and create a harmonious union between visual and rhythmic gestures, enticing the spectator to consider how a disparate dance discipline can draw inspiration from 20th century artworks.