Get on your dancing shoes: Art Dubai 2017 puts on a show

ARTIST: Eglé BudvytytėPHOTOGRAPHY: Joke Floreal
Updated 16 March 2017

Get on your dancing shoes: Art Dubai 2017 puts on a show

DUBAI: The Middle East’s largest art fair unveiled its 11th edition on Wednesday, with a twist that could surprise even the most ardent Art Dubai fans.
For the first time in its history, the Art Dubai Commissions series — dynamic, site-specific works set in the grounds of the fair — will exclusively feature performance-based art.
“We’ve got a lot of new things which we are initiating this year; among them for the first time we are committing our Commissions to performance only, so as you are walking through our halls, your art-fair experience will be enhanced by the punctuation of a performance,” Myrna Ayad, the fair director, told Arab News.
 A select group of international artists was asked to create unique pieces of work for the fair, including Manuel Pelmuş, Eglé Budvytytė, Iván Argote, Pauline Bastard and Lana Fahmi.
The artists worked closely with curator Yasmina Reggad to create a diverse showcase of performance art.
Fahmi created a piece called “What Modernity?” which focuses on the shift from traditional to modern dancing in the Arab world.
“Dancers combine all forms of art — they act, they sing, they paint with their bodies and they sculpt,” Fahmi told Arab News, adding that she is “amazed by the body’s abilities and powers… the shapes, sounds and stories you can tell.”

But where does it all start? Fahmi says every performance artist has their own unique way of working.

“Each choreographer has his or her own way of creating a dance piece, it can be music, imagery, an idea or even silence that can initiate movement.”
Curator Yasmina Reggad previously told audiences that “performance art is already part of the visual arts landscape in the MENA region (but) in the case of the UAE, performance art is not an art form that is regularly offered to local audiences,” perhaps explaining why Art Dubai chose to focus on the art form so heavily this year.
Art Dubai is dubbed the most global art fair in the world, according to organizers, with the 2017 edition hosting 93 galleries from 43 countries showcasing the works of more than 500 artists.
 The fair is open to the public and set to run between March 15-18.

Art Dubai 2017 picture gallery

Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

Updated 24 June 2018

Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

DUBAI: Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.
Leslie looked ethereal in an ivory lace and tulle gown by Elie Saab, with a white floral headpiece worn under a whimsical veil.
The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church.
Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke, AP reported.
Leslie was walked into the church by her father Sebastian Leslie, an Aberdeenshire councilor and the chief of the ancient Leslie Clan, who wore a traditional Scottish kilt.
Later, the newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.

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Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in US legal drama “The Good Fight.”
Harington credits Iceland as the backdrop to the beginning of their love story.
“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical and because it was there that I fell in love,” he told L’Uomo Vogue last year. “If you’re already attracted to someone and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.”
In an interview with The Telegraph in June 2016, Leslie opened up about the relationship.
“He’s not a confrontational person so we don’t ever blow off steam,” she shared. “(He’s) a great man. I’m very proud of him. There’s an understanding that comes with the job, an understanding of being busy and when you have to say, ‘Sorry, I’m just going to bugger off for two months to film.’”
The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September.
“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harrington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the announcement read.
“We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today,” Leslie’s father told assembled reporters before the ceremony. “It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”