Creamfields, Cirque du Soleil, Tom Jones and much more
Time Out Bahrain staff
The Illusionists Until September 7, Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre The biggest-selling magic show on earth comes to the region featuring seven grand master magicians and promising that you’ll experience ‘the impossible’. Since its launch in January 2012 The Illusionists has played to sell-out audiences from Sydney, Australia, to Mexico City with a hand-picked cast of internationally renowned illusionists who together create a blockbuster stage show featuring a stunning mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable optical illusions including nail-biting Russian roulette, jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind reading, disappearances and escapes.
The magicians take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past, such as Houdini, and combine it with contemporary sets, costume design and technology and live band Z, best known for touring with hip-hop legend NaS. A spell-binding, family-friendly trip. Tickets from BD26 at tixbox.com.
World 9 Ball Championship September 2-13, Al Oraibi Sports Club, Doha The cream of the pool and billiards world will be in Qatar for the 9-ball championships running over 12 days with knock rounds galore. Details TBC at www.wpa-pool.com.
Lebanon International Dance Festival September 5-8, Eddé Sands Hotel & Wellness Resort, Byblos If you missed Bahrain’s Salsa Bootcamp weekender, never fear there’s more dance going on around the region this month than you can shake a stick at. The first big event is in Lebanon and is bringing in more than 30 of the top-ranked salsa dance artists in the world, including 15-time world champion Alien Ramirez and 2012 world footwork champion Fady Fusion from Spain.
There’ll also be the chance to Zumba with the King of Zumba, Hermann Melo from Colombia, plus tunes from a range of international DJs. With more than 15 dance styles represented and the promise of 72 hours’ non-stop action, this promises to be one heck of a party. Tickets from BD74 with various options available from www.lebanondancefestival.com.
Creamfields Electronic Music Festival - Beirut 2013 September 7, Beirut Downtown Creamfields is the world’s leading dance music festival featuring DJs and live acts. It is held annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. The first Creamfields festival was launched in 1998, attracting 25,000 people and featuring live performances from Run DMC, Primal Scream and DJ sets from over 100 DJs including the likes of Daft Punk, Paul Van Dyk and Sasha. The success of Creamfields has attracted worldwide attention which has led to the festival being staged on every continent since 1999 and it has gone on to become the only festival that has successfully established itself in the global market. To date Creamfields has been staged in 17 countries with new territories planned for 2013 including Lebanon where it’s being introduced by JK58. Tickets from BD22.500 from www.ticketingboxoffice.com.
The Barber of Seville September 14, 16 & 18, Royal Opera House Muscat A beloved comic opera is brought to the stage with this ambitious mounting of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Under the dynamic leadership of conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, an acclaimed cast – headed by Juan Francisco Gatell, mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet, Filippo Polinelli, and Simone Alberghini as the famed Figaro – brings Rossini’s most frequently performed opera to Muscat with a traditional production by Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo. The Barber of Seville’s popularity stems from its tale of optimistic love and clever disguise and its perfect concoction of elegant jest and energetic performance; it is a comic treasure that has continued to delight. Tickets from BD10 at www.rohmuscat.org.om.
Tom Jones Live September 17 The InterContinental Doha Beach, Qatar. September 19, 20, Du Forum Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. One of the world’s best-loved singers, Welsh legend Tom Jones returns to the Gulf with a selection of his greatest hits along with new material from his last two critically acclaimed albums Praise and Blame and Spirit in the Room.
Tom Jones has seen a remarkable turn in his career since his last appearance in Abu Dhabi back in 2010, with critics fulsome in their praise for recent concerts featuring gospel, blues and contemporary classic material. Reviews have hailed this new phase as a fulfillment of the singer’s promise, marking him out as one of the great vocal artists of the last 50 years. We saw him last time round and this one comes highly recommended. Doha tickets from BD27.500 at www.virginmegastore.ae, Abu Dhabi tickets from BD30 at www.ticketmaster.ae.
Cirque du Soleil - Dralion September 19, Doha Fusing the 3,000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolising the East, and the lion, symbolising the West.
In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, man and nature are one and balance is achieved. Bearing the unmistakable signature of Cirque du Soleil and featuring 50 international acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and singers, Dralion soars to new heights as it defies the laws of nature. Tickets from BD25 from www.cirquedusoleil.qa.
Julio Bocca’s National Ballet of Uruguay September 25,26, Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman Legendary Argentinian ballet dancer Julio Bocca is one of the most important ballet dancers of the later part of the 20th century and arguably the most important Argentine dancer of all time. He assumed the artistic direction of the National Ballet Company of Uruguay in 2010 and, under his inspired leadership, the company has entered a new golden age of creativity and virtuosity. Combining classical and modern ballet with flourishes of sensuous tango, the National Ballet Company of Uruguay will perform two distinctive programmes of exquisite dance for Muscat audiences. Tickets from BD8 from www.rohmuscat.org.com.
Dubai International Dance Festival Sep 25-28, Various venues It’s another huge slice of Latin dance loveliness with salsa and various other forms of South American boogie, a major stage show, Salsa Fever, from Paris, parties, workshops and more with appearances from some huge international names including former world champs Jhon and Milady who recently put on a great show in Bahrain. This promises to be four days of great fun. Full event pass BD60 (lots of options available) from www.dubaidancefestival.com.
Youssou N’Dour in Concert September 29, Royal Opera House Muscat The Grammy Award-winning superstar singer, songwriter, humanitarian activist and band leader was recently awarded with the 2013 Polar Music Prize, the highly respected Swedish award honouring exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music. N’Dour’s musical legacy has been to infuse traditional Senegalese mbalakh with accents as diverse as griot percussion, soul, pop, samba, reggae and more. Expect an outstanding evening of genre-defying music that is by turns funky, celebratory and inspiring. This beloved artist will share his exhilarating tenor voice and phenomenal back-up band with Muscat for one phenomenal night. Tickets from BD8-60 at www.rohmuscat.org.om.