Sonic art, backstage theatre, Harry Potter stage show and more cultural happenings
Our picks of the week
1 Turmoil x 4 at The Mojo Gallery See Mon 22.
2 Unsanctioned Art at The Mine See Sat 20.
3 Potted Potter at Ductac See Fri 19.
4 Backstage play at Ductac See Thu 18.
5 Sound Art at Tashkeel See Wed 17.
Curating Sound Art UAE based, British sound artists Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley feature with extracts on female sonic artists, curating sound panels, and “Sonic Art Boom-The Art of Noise” by Sara Jane Hall. Speakers include UAE curators of sound, film and installation works who will particpate in a discussion and a short section of the evening will include a shared listening experience in the dark. Refreshments are provided. Starts at 6.45pm until 8.30pm. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
Backstage presents Doubt Backstage theatre group brings the famous play to stage in their latest production. Doubt dramatises a story of confusion, suspicion and doubt that takes place at a school. When a priest begins to develop an unusual interest in a female student at the school, a nun at the school starts to get suspicious of the priest's reasons for this newfound interest. How will she be able to discover what is going on without breaking her ethics? Is she being too protective or not enough? Is she in doubt? Dhs100 entry, Dhs80 for Backstage members. 7pm. Until September 20. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Potted Potter Having begun as a street play to entertain fans of the Harry Potter books while they waited for the release of the sixth in the series, Potted Potter is now an Olivier nominated show that has toured across the globe. All seven Harry Potter books are condensed into a single 70-minute, riotously hilarious parody play. From Dhs150 to Dhs200. September 17-21. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Unsanctioned Art The Mine presents Unsanctioned Art, its first ever urban contemporary group show. Urban artists from Barcelona will be showcasing pieces from an ever-growing artistic movement. The exhibition will highlight works ranging from graffiti to pop art and diverse installations. With more than a dozen hip young artists, this group show will open the doors to an atypical artistic community and illustrate Barcelona’s artistic beat. Until October 4. The Mine, Street 8, Warehouse 38, opposite Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).
Works on paper: Hikayat Drawing offers an open field for imaginative elaboration. Taking storytelling as its main theme, the exhibition brings together more than 50 works that offer a glimpse of drawing’s potential to make cultural, social and political proposals through diverse formal processes. Storytelling is a big part of Arab culture and has transcended generations of artists from modern masters to the younger generation of today. Featuring Khouzayma Alwani, Mahmoud Hammad, Adham Ismail, Jamil Molaeb, Fateh Moudarres, Nazir Nabaa and others. Until October 26. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Turmoil x 4 Change in a social or political sense can produce many things. Against this backdrop of fragmented uncertainty, violence and, in the case of Syria, an endless cycle of anarchy, Heba Al Ansari, Iman Hasbani, Hany Rashed and Wedad Alnasser, the four artists represented in Turmoil x 4 continue their art making. This sees each of these artists find their own way of reflecting and interpreting events and personal experiences that are deeply emotional, historically significant but hauntingly unresolved. Until October 30. The Mojo Gallery, Unit 33 Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 3477 388).
Saad Rabadi Living in Amman, Jordan Saad paints his immediate surroundings with intimate dynamic expression. A number of unique compositions are inspired from the city’s pavement, and streets where reflected street lamps and neon signs glitter in the rain. Until September 30. Fann-À-Porter gallery, Kempinski Hotel lobby area, Mall of the Emirates (04 427 0219).