Fairytales fantasies


The classic ballet Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Dubai Opera by the National Ballet of Ukraine. The performance is part of the acclaimed dance company’s 150th anniversary celebrations and includes an extravagant live symphony orchestra, stunning costumes and 42 talented dancers who will pirouette and leap across the stage in rhythm to Tchaikovsky’s stellar score. The classic tale of the princess Aurora who was cursed into a deep sleep for a hundred years by a jealous fairy was premiered as a live ballet in 1890s St. Petersburg. Tickets from Dh150 at dubaiopera.com.

Fit for free


A workout that only costs calories? Count us in! You can try out yoga at Max & Aegle fitness open-evening. The fitness centre at Meydan, Dubai is hosting free sessions of classes such as Les Mills Tone, X-fit/Cross Training, Dance, Boot Camp, Indoor Cycling, a stretch workout called Romwood and more for both members and non-members on April 29. Classes are free to the public and start at 5.30pm but reservation is must; email hello@maxandaegle.com.

Lethal laughter

Miqdaad Dohadwala

Catch Dubai-based comedian Miqdaad Dohadwala’s special Weapon of Choice at the Clavichord, Signature Hotel, Al Barsha on May 1. The comic who co-founded comedy collective VDesi Laughs and has opened for Indian stand-up comics such as Zakir Khan, Atul Khatri and Kenny Sebastian, will take the audience on a raucous journey of self-discovery during his hour-long special that’s peppered with anecdotes from important chapters of his life to current affairs. Entry is Dh50 per person, show starts at 9pm; call 050 8241453.

May fever


Rixos Bab Al Bahr’s May Fest is set to transform Ras Al Khaimah into a party paradise from April 30 to May 4. The fourth edition of the music festival at Al Marjan Island will feature international artists Metzker Viktoria, Burak Yeter, Doni, Willy William, DJ Baur and DJ Nejtrino. The hotel will be hosting dance shows and a circus, and themed pool parties, including a foam party and grand masquerade party. Call 07 202 0000 or email reservation.rak@rixos.com.

Dance to a classical tune

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Renowned Indian actor and danseuse, Shobana is bringing her new Bhav to Dubai tomorrow at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium Indian High School. Presented by Tambourine Live, the show is a blend of music, dance and theatre and sees the national-award winning artist collaborate with Carnatic vocalist Abhishek Raghuram. The performance combines Indian mythology and magical realms of classicism and follows in the innovative footsteps of her other dance-theatre productions such as Trance, Krishna and Maya Ravan. Shobhana and Abhishek will be supported by percussionist Anantha R Krishnan, Satya on the keyboard and the talented dancers from Kalarpana, Shobana’s renowned dance school in Chennai, India. Tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net; call 055 2405558.

Al fresco theatrics


Dubai-based production house H72 and independent theatre The Junction is performing the play The Zoo Story at The Yard today and tomorrow. Written in 1958 by Edward Albee (who also wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), the play is a dialogue between two men in Central Park, New York on a Sunday afternoon that veers into increasingly darker territory and compels viewers to ponder universal truths. The play explores themes such as the human need to connect and the struggles that go behind forging these connections. Taking advantage of the great weather, the play will be performed outdoors. Show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net; call 04 3380525.

Show time


Singer James Arthur is performing at Zero Gravity today. The British singer who rose to stardom after winning the reality show X-Factor UK 2012 will be performing his hits such as Impossible, Re-Write the Stars from the musical The Greatest Showman and Say You Won’t Let Go at the venue’s seaside setting, making it a memorable concert experience. Tickets from Dh225 at the door; visit 0-gravity.ae. From 7pm-3pm.