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This Streaming Platform is Bringing World-Class Performing Arts Shows to the UAE

Marquee TV

Mayerling by the Royal Opera House. Courtesy of Marquee TV

Since it’s launch in 2018, streaming platform Marquee TV has been bridging the gap between masterpieces within the performing arts realm and their respective audiences. Comprising a catalog of contemporary and classic works; spanning dance, opera, music, and theatre, the platform is now available to be enjoyed by art enthusiasts across the UAE.

Featuring exclusive titles, behind-the-scene snippets, and director’s cuts, Marquee TV hosts a wide array of performances from the Royal Opera House, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company and more. Performances can be streamed via most devices of choice, including Apple and Android TV, iOS and Android, and directly from the streaming platform’s website.

In a statement, Simon Walker, the platform’s co-founder and chief executive expressed excitement over the launch, saying, “after successful launches in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, we’re thrilled to bring Marquee TV to the UAE, giving customers access to premier multi-genre performing arts content that is not available on any other platform.”

While international programming includes a number of masterpieces, such as the Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II, UAE audiences will have special access to the Akram Khan Collection, consisting of pieces such as GiselleSacred MonstersZero Degrees and The Six Seasons.

In particular, here are some titles to keep an eye out for:

Mayerling by the Royal Opera House

Premiering on Saturday, June 13, the world-renowned ballet inspired by true events and set to the choreography of Sir Kenneth MacMillan will tell a story of dangerous desire, family affairs, and political intrigue. A rendition of the Royal Ballet’s most recent staging, the performance was originally showcased during the Fall 2018/2019 season.

Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ by the Norwegian National Ballet

Showing on Saturday, June 27, this rendition of Henrik Ibsen’s psychological thriller, Ghosts is told through an evocative medium of modern dance à la the expertise of the Norwegian National Ballet. The story follows Oswald Alving, the protagonist of the piece, who has returned to small-town Norway after living an emancipated existence in Paris. Featuring gripping imagery and tropes of suspense, Ibsen’s Ghosts will entertain you as much as it will make you think.

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