[Photos]: Louvre Abu Dhabi’s First Annual Rain of Light Festival

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Louvre Abu Dhabi’s First Annual Rain of Light Festival Ends with The Nile Men in the Circle Performance

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first annual Rain of Light Festival ended on a high note with a spectacular performance of The Nile Men in the Circle by Medhat Fawzy Centre. The
five-day festival, which celebrated the museum’s architecture with different events taking place across the museum city, saw performances from around the world, as well as workshops and tours for all ages.

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The performances included the Royal Ballet of Cambodia ballet titled Metamorphosis:

Rain of Light Festival - Royal Ballet of Cambodia Drawing Workshop ©Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
Rain of Light Festival – Royal Ballet of Cambodia Drawing Workshop ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Ghost Project by magician Etienne Saglio; a Battle of styles dance battle that saw different forms of dance compete against each other under the museum’s iconic dome:

Rain of Light Festival - Battle of Styles ©Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
Rain of Light Festival – Battle of Styles ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

A sold-out concert by Franco-Moroccan artist Hindi Zahra, performing from her latest album Homeland:

Hindi Zahra “Homeland” - Concert
Performing a vibrant mix of jazz and blues music, award-winning French-Moroccan singer and actress Hindi Zahra treats us to an evening of songs from her latest album ‘Homeland’.
Raised in Morocco, Zahra moved to Paris aged 15. She is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and award-winning musician, having won the Prix Constantin for Best Album in 2010, and the Victoires de la Musique award for Best World Music album.

Medhat Fawzy Centre performing The Nile Men in the Circle, a traditional ancient Egyptian dance:

Nile Men in the Circle
Both spectacular and exhilarating, this ancient Egyptian traditional dance which some believe dates back to the time of the Pharaohs, presents the art of the Tahtib stick through a masterly crafted display of dance. Originally a form of martial arts, this stunning Tahtib tradition has transformed into an Egyptian folk dance, reenacted by modern artists to create a one-of-a-kind musical performance.
The Nile Men In The Circle has been created in collaboration with contemporary choreographer Dalia El Abd, Tahtib traditional dancer Ibrahim El Bardissy, Hassan El Geretly Director of the El Warsha Theater Company. With the contribution of lighting designer, Camille Mauplot and Director, Henri jules Julien.
The performance was originally produced by Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, March 2018 with the artistic direction of Henri-Jules Julien.

La Transumante performance by Johann Le Guillerm:

La Transumante
A magical mystery for the young and old! Take 300 wooden sticks, 3 meters long, 10 handlers and a single conductor. Then add a little imagination.
Created by the co-founder of Circus O, brilliant innovator Johann Le Guillerm’s monumental wooden creature will come to life – and transform – every hour, as it makes its way through the museum city. No nails, no screws, no bolts, no glues, no ropes: pressure alone holds this dynamic piece together. Watch how La Transumante can become a sculpture as well as a support for the most surprising equilibriums.

Traditional Al Ayyala dancing from the UAE:

Rain of Light Festival - Al Ayyala ©Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
Rain of Light Festival – Al Ayyala ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Visitors learned different types of dance through workshops with Battle of Styles and The Nile Men in the Circle dancers, and had the chance to draw sketches of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia dancers as part of a drawing workshop under the dome.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Created by an exceptional agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Jean Nouvel and opened on Saadiyat Island in
November 2017. The museum is inspired by traditional Islamic architecture and its monumental dome creates a rain of light effect and a unique social space that brings people together.

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the universal creativity of mankind and invites audiences to see humanity in a new light. Through its innovative curatorial approach, the museum focuses on building understanding across cultures: through stories of human creativity that transcend civilisations, geographies and times.

The museum’s growing collection is unparalleled in the region and spans thousands of years of human history, including prehistoric tools, artefacts, religious texts, iconic paintings and contemporary artworks. The permanent collection is supplemented by rotating loans from 13 French partner institutions, regional and international museums.

Please visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae or follow Louvre Abu Dhabi’s social channels on Facebook (Louvre Abu Dhabi), Twitter (@LouvreAbuDhabi) and Instagram
(@LouvreAbuDhabi) or #LouvreAbuDhabi to stay up to date on the upcoming festival in 2019 and all the exciting events happening at the museum all year long.

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