Our picks of the week
1 Romeo et Juliette at Madinat Arena
See Thu 15.
2 Ilat at Showcase Gallery
See Wed 14.
3 Out of Season at Carbon 12
See Sat 17.
4 The Shining Path at Green Art Gallery
See Tue 20.
5 In the Water at XVA Gallery
See Mon 19.
A moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition ‘Ilat’ explores spiritual life by venturing into the imagination of the African peoples. Born in Manama, Bahrain, internationally acclaimed artist Hesham Malik presents his African journey for the first time through the medium of 25 artworks.
Until February 28. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Romeo et Juliette
The most popular tale of romance from The Bard comes to life on stage in the form of ballet this winter. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, artistic director and choreographer of Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, this captivating performance will bring out the passion and romance in the tale of two lovers, Romeo and Juliet and the heart-breaking end to their lives.
Dhs195-1,400. Until January 17. Madinat Arena, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).
Gulzaar Theatre Fiesta
Some of the best works of writer Sampooran Singh Kalra, known to readers by his pen-name Gulzar will be brought to the stage. This includes his dramatisation of Rabindranath’s short story Streer Patro as well as his Mard and Arre O Henry. You’ll also get to meet the man himself and hear him speak about his life and his experiences.
Dhs125-500. Until January 17. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 369 2128).
Out Of Season
Gil Heitor Cortesão’s new paintings maintain the aqueous dimensions and his signature corrosion of subject and image prevalent in his past works, but the decay goes deeper in his presentation this season. Cortesão’s figures were once wraiths in the background that now stand boldly in their corporal domination of each scene. They are the vision of decay and the subject of undulating plains of existence. Like water, the figures endlessly move within their form, never fully contained or still.
Until March 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde felt there was no need to staple a clever title onto this show of 11 artists, because ‘Nice Drawings’ came about via a simple request for some of the gallery’s friends and collaborators to send over a new drawing. Despite the playful title, each of these artists approaches the act and habit of drawing from a slant perspective, whether it’s finding ways to draw without necessarily ending up with a drawing or turning absent-minded doodling into a private subversion.
Until February 19. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (043 235 052).
In The Water
This joint exhibition of Korean artist UnKyung Hur and Shinji Ogawa from Japan explores the idea of humanity, life and creation. Both artists utilise traditional techniques that require skill and patience, and although symmetry plays an important role in each artist’s work, the materials that each uses are vastly different. However, the finished products are still complementary in their contrasting detail.
Until January 29. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi District, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).
The Shining Path
Zsolt Bodoni’s large-scale paintings draw his subject matter from what he calls ‘this melting pot of trash which forged Eastern and Western Europe’s history and culture’. Drawing from various historical archives including literature, art history and music, Bodoni’s paintings peel back the layers of history and are inspired by various historical documents.
Until February 26. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).