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The Song of Roland – Louvre Abu Dhabi

Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi for a live performance blending history and theatre with art, music and myth.

Inspired by one of the oldest works of French literature La Chanson de Roland (the song of the Roland) and the French Lebanese writer Amin Malouf’s 1983 book The Crusades through Arab Eyes, Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s work blends the cultures and traditions of medieval Europe with those of the Arabian Gulf.

Set against a backdrop designed by Shawky, The Song of Roland features more than 20 Emirati and Bahraini singers and musicians performing in the classical Arabic ‘fidjeri’ style, which first developed more than 800 years amongst fishermen in the Arabian Gulf. Combining history and theatre with art, music and myth, the work interrogates stereotypes associated with the history of the Crusades and reflects it from an Arab perspective.


Performance in Arabic with English and French subtitles.

26 & 27 February | 8pm | Auditorium plaza | AED 150

To book your tickets, click here.

For more information about Louvre Abu Dhabi, please visit or call +971 600 56 55 66.

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26-02-2020 - 27-02-2020


02 673 6688
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island

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