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Philip Glass Ensemble to Debut in the Gulf with Live Screening of Koyaanisqatsi

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is set to host the Philip Glass Ensemble (PGE) on October 5 at The Red Theater, marking their debut in the Gulf region. The group will accompany a live screening of Godfrey Reggio’s classic documentary Koyaanisqatsi with an award-winning film score composed by legendary composer Philip Glass.

About Koyaanisqatsi

Released in 1983, Koyaanisqatsi, meaning “life out of balance”, was hailed as one of the twentieth century’s most influential combinations of music and cinema. Soundtracked by one of Glass’ best idiosyncratic musical compositions, Godfrey Reggio’s documentary film features a collection of expertly photographed phenomena, with footage showing the failing relationship between nature and humanity.

The Relevance of Koyaanisqatsi to UAE’s Year of Sustainability

Commenting on the relevance of the film’s message to the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Center at NYUAD Bill Bragin said: “It is especially meaningful to present this landmark project in the run-up to COP 28 and our own related activities at NYUAD. Koyaanisqatsi sparked vital conversations about the effects of urbanization on the global landscape four decades ago, and I’m hopeful that experiencing this modern-day classic will have the same effect on audiences who might be encountering it for the first time at The Arts Center.”

About Philip Glass Ensemble

The PGE was founded by Philip Glass in 1968 as the principal performance outlet for his minimalistic music. Throughout the intervening decades, PGE members have become inimitable interpreters of the renowned composer’s work, dedicated to educating the next generation of artists in the authentic practice of Philip Glass’ music. Hailing from New York City, they will bring Glass’ unique sound to the Middle Eastern stage for the first time.

The Idea of 10,000 hours with Andrew Sterman

An arts practice workshop for musicians titled The Idea of 10,000 hours with Andrew Sterman will take place before the event on October 2 at The Arts Center. Based on the rigorous requirements of Philip Glass’s music, the workshop will explore the idea of body-knowing and muscle memory from an integrative mind-body perspective.

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