Georgia’s Sukhishvili National Ballet takes to the stage in Dubai

Georgia’s Sukhishvili National Ballet is making its Dubai debut. Supplied
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Updated 31 December 2019

Georgia’s Sukhishvili National Ballet takes to the stage in Dubai

  • The famed Georgian production is coming to the UAE for the first time
  • There will be three shows held between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4

DUBAI: Since the Dubai Opera famously opened its doors in 2016, the Zaha Hadid-designed building has brought a number of entertaining and mesmerizing shows to the Middle East. Among them: ‘The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Nutcracker” and most recently, a hologram concert of the late Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. Now, the latest production to join the Dubai Opera’s inimitable lineup of performances is Georgia’s Sukhishvili National Ballet.

Formed in the capital city of Tblisi in 1945 by celebrated dancers Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili, the renowned ensemble of dancers is making their UAE debut on Friday with three shows spread across Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, in case you are unable to make the first viewing.

“We wanted to bring Sukhishvili to Dubai because the Ballet has never before been to UAE,” shared Nino Sukhishvili, the director of the show, with Arab News, adding “Georgia is becoming a very popular destination for residents of the UAE and we are very excited to be bringing Georgia's dance sensation to a completely new market and a new audience. The Ballet is looking forward to showing the UAE audience more of what makes Georgia so special. ”

The show includes a spectacular mix of folk-inspired traditional dance, balletic pieces and acrobatics. Supplied

Often described as the “greatest dance in the world,” the show, which is orchestrated by the founders’ son Tengiz Sukhishvili, includes a spectacular mix of folk-inspired traditional dance, balletic pieces and acrobatics, performed by 100 dancers on stage, whose costumes were created specifically by Simon Virsaladze — one of the country’s leading designers of ballet, film and operas.

To echo the words of the show's director, “the night will be unforgettable.”

“Sukhishvili is no ordinary ballet company. Sometimes called 'the flying Georgians', the show combines thrilling, high energy and acrobatic routines with the precision and elegance that you would expect of one of the world's most famous ballet ensembles.”

The company previously held a show at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. 

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

UAE-based rapper Freek released a new music video this week. (Instagram/@freektv)
Updated 29 March 2020

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

DUBAI: You may be familiar with Freek, one of the biggest Arabic drill artists to come from the region, and this weekend, the rapper unveiled his latest music video for “Mush Fathi” – which means “I’m busy” in Arabic.  

The setting is a roof top, the dress code is luxury streetwear and the message is clear: The artist is indeed busy. 

Between churning out new music, the Somali artist, who was born Mustafa Ismail in the UAE, can be credited for pushing the sub-genre of hip hop, which was popularized by Chicago rapper and Kanye West co-signee Chief Keef, to the forefront in the Arab world. His unique sound, which combines Arabic lyrics with menacing trap-influenced beats, has landed him slots at acclaimed festivals including Sole DXB and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In his ongoing pursuit of pioneering the sub-genre of hip hop in the Middle East, he has garnered a legion of fans that extend beyond the Gulf. A quick scroll through the YouTube comment section of his widely-viewed music videos reveals a following that encapsulates Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and even goes as far as Canada.

And Freek wasn’t the only UAE-based artist to drop a new music video this week. Kuwait-born DJ and model Basil Al-Hadi, who goes by the moniker Karrouhat, also treated his fans to a surprise new musical release. The DJ posted the clip for “Nefsi Aghaneelik” on YouTube on Saturday.