The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi, a prominent cultural hub in the emirate, will hold the world premiere of Theatre For One: We are Here (Nairobi Edition) on September 15.
The show will be performed online on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until September 26. It will take place from 8 PM to 9.30 PM.
After last year’s success, the personal theatrical experience is coming back with a distinctive one-on-one model between the viewers and the performer. For the online version, six micro-plays will go live on a special digital platform.
An association between The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi, the US-based Octopus Theatricals, and Kenya-based Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative and Rainmaker Limited, will feature six female Kenyan playwrights, actors and directors and producers will also be joining.
The play features tales taken from Kenya’s rich traditions and assess transitional space between origin and civilization, the real and the surreal, the inner being and external existence.
Commenting on the world premiere of the show the Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Centre at NYUAD Mr. Bill Bragin said, “We are delighted to announce the return of Theatre for One to The Arts Centre. This unique digital platform gives us a way to cross borders and deepen The Arts Centre’s ties with the Kenyan theatre community, building on the UAE’s strong links with East Africa. Working with the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative and Rainmaker Limited, together with Octopus Theatricals, has proved to be a fruitful collaboration that expands the cross-border dimensions of The Arts Center’s work further than ever. Rather than looking at the obstacles that the performing arts are currently facing, this project is a great example of creative ingenuity, using technology to advance the work of the field globally.”
Further, Ms. Karishma Bhagani, Associate Producing Director of the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative and Creative Producer for Theatre for One Nairobi Edition, added that “It is an honour to help bring the Nairobi edition of Theatre for One to life. Theatre For One elevates a vibrant chorus of voices that are deeply resonant nationally and internationally, and creates deeply personal works that resonate in this shared moment.”
“The idea of building a bond through the experience of a unique digital performance has resonated deeply with audiences in the US and the Middle East. This season, it has been very gratifying to take these very intimate connections and then share them across continents and cultures. To engage with amazingly talented performers, writers, and directors in Nairobi, as well as the team at The Arts Centre, has been a privilege and a joy. The result is theatre for one, made by many, and seen by more,” Artistic Director at Theatre for One Ms. Christine Jones said.