Royal Palace of Yogyakarta Court Dancers open Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first season of events

Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its first programme of events and activities, beginning with dance performances by the Indonesian Royal Courts in February, a Korean puppet show aimed at children and families as well as Bach solo by cellist Sonia Wider-Atherton and dancer Shantala Shivalingappa in March, followed by a recital of Swayambhu and South African dances by Via Sophiatown in April, and finally a concert of Love and Revenge in May.

Following a diverse array of performances and talks for thousands of visitors during Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening week, the programme will allow visitors to discover the museum’s universal values and themes through cultural performances and new workshops and tours organised by the museum. The line-up complements the collection on show in the museum’s galleries as well as the special exhibitions’ programme and celebrates both traditional and contemporary art forms from around the world.

On the 2nd and 3rd February, the Court dances of the Royal Palace of Yogyakarta performed a slow-paced elegant dance that combined Indian, Islamic and Indonesian touches dating back as far as the 7th century.

Hissa Al Dhaheri, Deputy Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, "The programme celebrates the idea of encounters with other cultures and invites both new and returning visitors to experience a rich offering of performing arts from around the world in addition to talks, tours, workshops and more. Our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was committed to nurturing arts and culture as an important element of the UAE's national vision. For 2018, the Year of Zayed, Louvre Abu Dhabi honours his legacy and our programming draws inspiration from his deeply-held belief in tolerance, diversity and cultural exchange."

Catherine Monlouis Felicite, Education and Cultural Engagement Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, "Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exciting line up of events for the first half of 2018 will appeal to adults and families alike. Visitors can travel the world through music, dance, poetry, puppetry, discussion and visual arts, with performers from countries including the UAE, Indonesia, India, Korea and South Africa. The events complement Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection, and within the setting of the museum’s spectacular architecture, makes for a truly unique experience."

On 15th-17th March, a puppet show presented by Korean theatre company, Thebefu, in the museum’s auditorium is a splendid outing for children and families. The show will tell the story of a tree and a boy as they go through the natural phases of life.

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