The Six: Night at the Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 January 2019

The Six: Night at the Dubai Opera

DUBAI: The curtain will rise on many a show at the Dubai Opera in this year, including concerts, theater productions and tribute performances.

‘Othello’
Shakespeare’s “Othello” will be performed from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, after a critically acclaimed run in London. This contemporary take on the play explores themes of prejudice and discrimination.

‘Piaf! Le Spectacle’
The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf is told in this musical tribute that stars Anne Carrere and will run on Feb. 14 and 15.

‘BBC Proms’
Now in its 124th season, the festival will return to Dubai between March 19-22 with a varied lineup of classical music.

‘Thriller’
This production from London’s West End will have Dubai-based Michael Jackson fans singing along to his greatest hits from March 26-29.
 

‘Sleeping Beauty’
The fairytale will be told through a grand ballet performance in this magical show by the National Ballet of Ukraine on April 26 and 27.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Theater goers in the region are in for a musical treat with this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, brought to the Middle East for the first time in autumn — the final dates have not yet been announced.

 


Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

‘Free Solo’ follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan. (Supplied)
Updated 15 September 2019

Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

  • “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards
  • The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles

DUBAI: Co-produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the critically-acclaimed documentary “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards, adding to a slate of honors that already includes a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles, including outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, picture editing, music composition and best achievement in interactive media.

Presented by National Geographic, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and co-produced by Image Nation, “Free Solo” follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan – a 3,000 foot high vertical rock in Yosemite National Park – with no ropes or safety gear.

The documentary was co-produced by Parkes+MacDonald, Image Nation, Little Monster Films and National Geographic.

"I think it always comes back to Alex, the diligence and discipline and teaching himself over the years," Vasarhelyi told the Hollywood Reporter backstage at Sunday’s award ceremony. "I think in terms of the Creative Arts Emmys, Alex brought so much craft to what he did, that all of us, every member of our team got a nomination. So it’s incredible to see the Academy appreciates the hard work that went into it."

In February, “Free Solo” won an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards. After the ceremony Chin told reporters, “Hanging off the wall, I couldn’t see Alex Honnold below, and I just had to trust that he was just being perfect. We also had to carry the weight of the entire production being perfect, because if we made any mistakes, it could have been catastrophic.”

UAE-based fans were treated to a special screening of the film in March and chief content office of Image Nation Ben Ross shared his thoughts at the event.

“From the incredible reviews to the Academy Award and BAFTA wins, we are so proud that Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the UAE can say it helped to support this incredible film…It has been an honor to work with the National Geographic.”