Don’t miss out on PETTEE:storybox at The Arts Center at NYUAD


Settle in for a performance like no other with PETTEE at The Arts Center at NYUAD

Adding to the amazing line-up at the NYUAD Arts Centre is the upcoming PETTEE, a performance that’s bound to leave you dazzled.

Blurring the lines between stage and audience, open air and theater are are writers Deepak Unnikrishnan and Karthika Naïr, composer Sarathy Korwar and his musicians, set and lighting designer Willy Cessa, joined by three choreographers/performers – Wanjiru Kamuyu, Saju Hari, Ali Ben Lotfi Thabet – and illustrator Appupen (George Mathen) and rigger Simon Nyiringabo.

Scheduled to take place on 18-19 April, PETTEE means one thing and many things In languages that are home to hundreds of millions of people (Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi…).

The word pettee is so much more: casket, crate, suitcase. But the meaning that almost everyone recognizes instantly is ‘container’. According to the artist, PETTEE could also mean spirit animal, for those with rootlessness and displacement in our blood, with flight in our dreams.

PETTEE storybox at NYUAD Arts Center

Plotting to make that dream of weightlessness real, this performance will bring dancers and a fabricated landscape that will lead the audience into an immersive world of movement music and flight, where bodies unbend, lunge and soar, to unseal and unpack years of youth, where multiple futures, each magical, seemed possible.

Don’t miss out on the post-show Q&A with the artists, moderated by George Jose, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU Abu Dhabi.

It’s going to be epic!



18-19 April


The Red Theater, starting in The East Plaza


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