Calendar of Events | Alliance Française Dubai | Jan 2015

Main Event of the Month
Les ballets de Monte Carlo - Romeo et Juliette

Shakespeare’s timeless story of star-crossed lovers is a favorite with choreographers, and Jean-Christophe Maillot, (Choreographer an Director for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo) has created a new classic set to Prokofiev’s masterpiece, performed for the first time in Dubai for 3 consecutive nights at Madinat Theatre (15 to 17 January 2015).

Today, the infamous play has been lovingly revisited into a spectacular ballet, by the world famous Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. In his distinctive version of Romeo and Juliet, Jean-Christophe Maillot has taken key inspiration from the episodic character of Sergei Prokofiev's score; structuring master-strokes in a manner akin to cinematic narrative, with the stage housing no less than 40-accomplished dancers.

The prestigious event is supported by Dubai Shopping Festival, Rashid Centre for the Disabled, and Alliance Francaise (the French cultural Centre in Dubai) to name a few, and brought to you by ROTANA.

Les ballets de Monte Carlo are founded by Her Royal Highness Princess of Hanover Caroline de Monaco.

Date & Time: January 15th, 16th and 17th at 8:30pm
Where: Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
For information and registration Tel. +971 56 9012890
Tickets: from AED 195 to AED 990

The following events are by chronological order.

'The Magic of Colors' - Painting Exhibition by Anna Maharani

The energy which fills in the works of Anna Maharani carries the flow of love, harmony, success, prosperity, health and spiritual transformation. Her talent has found its expression in a very distinctive, esoteric, decorative and symbolic form of Art. Each painting has its meaning and positive influence on the spectator. Inspired by culture and philosophy of Far East and Asia, Anna gives through her work the healing energy expressed by colors, mantras and magical yantras. She gets the vision of her art while meditating in the nature and sacred places of Himalayas, Buddhist Monasteries of Nepal and China. It is known, that colors, sounds and words can influence our mind, emotions, health and desire.

Date: January 7  -  the exhibition runs until January 31
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise Dubai – Oud Metha
Free entry

Ballet Gala by Paris Opera National Ballet
Twelve soloist performers led by the Etoile dancers, Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette, stars from the prestigious Opera National de Paris, are confirmed to perform the Ballet Gala.

Excerpts from the popular ballet, La Bayadere from Nureyev’s version (international ballet star and ex-director of the Paris Opera Ballet), will emphasise the unequalled elegance and purity of the French style. The costumes directly borrowed from Paris Opera Ballet and some décor elements will magnify the performances and should carry the audience to an unprecedented level of excellence. The contrast will be intense between the pure romantic style of La Sylphide choreographed by Bournonville in 1836 and the modernity of the contemporary pieces. The excerpts from Caligula and Notre-Dame-de-Paris that have been exclusively created for Paris Opera Ballet will be the perfect demonstration of the union between the French heritage and the French modernity. Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette will interpret a Pas de Deux from Notre-Dame-de-Paris signed in 1965 by the exceptional and prolific choreographer, Roland Petit.

Date & time: Jan 8 at 8pm, Jan 9 at 2:30pm & 8pm and Jan 10 at 5:30pm

Where: Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Tickets: from AED 295 to AED 525

Tel: +971 4 366 6546 or go to

Conference by French journalist and writer Frank Tetart: ‘2015 trends and challenges, global warming issues’

Sustainable development, global warming, but also power relations, tensions and conflicts, globalization are all factors that Frank Tétart will present in a geopolitical panorama 2015, based on the maps of his last publication: “Grand Atlas 2015, 200 maps to understand the world” recently issued by the French publisher Autrement. 

Date: Monday, January 12th 2015
Time: 8pm
Where: Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, street 18, close to American Hospital 
In French with simultaneous translation into English
Free Entry | RSVP to

'Cinema Under the Stars' at Seville's terrace, Wafi
French movie with English subtitles - 'Giraffada' (2013) from Rani Massalha with Laure de Clermont, Saleh Bakri and Ahmad Bayatra (1h25)
Yacine is a veterinarian in Palestine's only remaining zoo. His ten-year-old son Ziad spends a lot of time with the animals and has a strong bond with the zoo's two giraffes. One night, after an air raid on the city, the male giraffe dies. The female giraffe can't survive alone and starts to slowly let itself die. Yacine must absolutely find a new companion for the beast, but the only zoo that can help him is in Tel Aviv.

Date & time: Wednesday Jan 14, 8:30 pm
Where: Wafi Mall - Seville's Terrace
Free Entry | with English subtitles

About Alliance Française Dubai

Alliance Française Dubai is a non-profit organization that keep aiming “To be the French Institute and the French Cultural hub of choice in Dubai for learning the French language, and for the promotion of French & Francophone cultures in a thriving environment.”

Alliance Française Dubai is extremely active on the cultural scene of the UAE. They promote visual and performing arts not only for French and Francophone artists but especially for other artists of various nationalities.

Tel: 04 335 87 12 

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