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Broken Wings to Show in Qatar


Dana Al Fardan, critically acclaimed Qatari musician, composer, songwriter and symphonic artist, and Katara Cultural Village announced today in a press conference the Qatar debut of the West End musical, Broken Wings, co-written and composed by Dana and West End’s very own star Nadim Naaman.

Based on Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece, Broken Wings will be played for three days from 7 – 9 November 2019 at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village, with Matinees and Soiree performances.

Broken Wings was first performed in London in August 2018 at Theatre Royal Haymarket to sold out shows. The musical was also recently performed in Lebanon in July, in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the prestigious Beiteddine Arts Festival.

Along the years, Dana Alfardan has gained international recognition for her Arab-influenced contemporary music. Being an iconic Qatari musician and businesswoman, she is now the Cultural Ambassador of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Official Composer of Qatar Airways.

Broken Wings sheds the light on Kahlil Gibran as a person and his evolution. Recently, one of the songs of the musical – “Selma”- was filmed in this prolific writer’s hometown as a tribute to his literary achievements.

“We have worked tirelessly on refining and improving our material, our work was well received by the people of Lebanon, we are looking forward to introducing Qatar to our masterpiece” Added Nadim Naaman, the co-writer.

Commenting on the show coming to Qatar and the collaboration with Katara Cultural Village, Dana Alfardan said: “I am so excited to be able to bring Broken Wings home and to have it performed here in Qatar at the wonderful Opera House. I look forward to welcoming everyone and I hope they enjoy it as much as we do.”

‘’Katara is a home of the art in Doha. Our role is to cultivate bright and talented artists in Doha providing a platform for artists to flourish just like Dana Alfardan. To strengthen the quality of the arts and to build bridges through culture showcasing the rich heritage of Qatar to the rest of the world. Broken Wings is a testament to this, and we are very proud to partner with Dana Alfardan in bringing this great masterpiece to Doha, highlighting the message of peace, inclusion and sense of belonging. We wish Dana and the cast of the Broken Wings every success and welcome everyone to Katara to witness this great show ‘’ added Mr. Darwish Ahmad Al Shaibani, Director of Marketing and Cultural Affairs at Katara.

Broken Wings Cast is led by co-writer Nadim Naaman as Gibran, Hanna Qureshi as Selma, and

Soophia Foroughi (Spamalot) as Mother.  Further casting will be announced soon.

The musical is directed by Bronagh Lagan, with orchestration by Joe Davison, and produced by Ali Matar.

The musical is coming to Doha in association with Katara, Broken Wings Cultural Partner. Qatar Airways, Mondrian Doha, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra are proud sponsors of the classical West End musical Broken Wings led by Qatar’s foremost musical composer, Dana Al Fardan.

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About Dana Al Fardan:

 

Dana Al Fardan is Qatar’s only female contemporary composer. Also a songwriter and symphonic artist, drawing on her rich cultural heritage and influenced by her love of world music, her work is a blend of Arab-influenced contemporary classical, epic in scale and universally accessible. With a considerable local audience, she is already garnering international attention, enhanced by the cross-continental reception to her most recent album release, Sandstorm, and her appointment as the official composer for Qatar Airways, quite literally taking her music to the world as her material entertains passengers on all the airline’s global flight paths. Dana’s commitment to education programmes nurturing the creative talents of her country’s next generation, is contributing the very creation of Qatar’s burgeoning music industry from its very foundations.

An aspiring musician from a young age, inspired by the work of a plethora of classical and musical theatre composers, Dana has long hoped for an opportunity to bring the international spotlight to the music and culture of her Qatari homeland, acting as a cultural ambassador through her work both at home and her international collaborations. She says, “The state has invested a lot in culture, education and in human capital to give nationals the opportunity and resources to expand their cultural understanding and stand out at a global level. As an artist, my job is to show this to the world.”

Dana works closely with the internationally renowned Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), who regularly perform her music in Doha. Her fourth album, Sandstorm, was recorded by a string ensemble comprised of QPO members, at Doha’s Katara Studios, a world-class recording facility, and representatives of the orchestra  played alongside the London Metropolitan Orchestra at the iconic Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, debuting a full programme of Dana’s repertoire and bringing Qatari music to a UK audience for the first time, to rapturous response.

Dana’s ongoing projects include two films for British directors with a hand-selected international team of talented arrangers, orchestrators and producers, preparations for a series of concerts in London, and a packed programme of events in Doha. A programme of her music has also recently been performed in Moscow to mark the launch of the Qatar Russia year of Culture 2018.

Alongside working on new projects, Dana has also just finished the co-writing of a musical with Nadim Naaman. Based on Khalil Gibran’s 1912 poetic novel, Broken Wings, the work is a story that that Dana hopes will bring another dimension to people’s understanding of Kahlil Gibran as a person and illustrate