French dancer and choreographer Maurice Béjart directs this ballet about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The costumes have been designed by Gianni Versace, and the music draws from Queen songs as well as the works of Mozart.
One of the world’s most popular Arab performers – he’s had more than 500 million views on YouTube – the Emirati star will be the first Arabic singer to perform at Dubai Opera. You can expect to hear all of his greatest hits.
The Italian conductor and violinist Fabio Biondi will be bringing his Baroque orchestra, Europa Galante, to Dubai to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – one of the most famous pieces of Baroque music ever written.
One of the biggest flamenco stars in the world, Sara Baras, will be performing her brand-new show in Dubai. With 14 dancers on stage alongside her, she’ll pay tribute to some of the greatest in her genre, including Carmen Amaya and Enrique Morente.
American artist Judy Rifka left her New York studio and set up camp here in Dubai at the beginning of the month as part of her residency at the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Alserkal Avenue. In that time, the artist has been creating a brand-new series of works, which will go on display as part of her exhibition Judy Rifka: RETROactive on Sunday September 18 until Thursday November 13. The showcase will also feature some of her more seminal pieces from the ’70s.
Rifka became a household name back in the ’80s. Her work ranges from paintings on plywood to videos and collages influenced by pop art, the graffiti scene and avant-garde performers. Over the years, her pieces have been displayed in museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Piramide Arte Contemporanea in Florence. At the other end of the spectrum, one of her paintings appeared in an episode of Miami Vice in 1985, in the background of a murder scene.
Her work has also received critical praise. Of her single shapes on plywood, created in the ’70s, the art critic Rene Ricard said they were “among the most important paintings of the decade”.
Rifka says her Dubai show will include drawings and possibly dance. She also enlisted the help of three UAE university students. To be chosen for the apprenticeship, all they had to do was post a video on Instagram and know a little bit about carpentry. Head down to the show to see why. Free.Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, www.jpnajarfoundation.com.