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Dubomedy Arts School- Winter Session Schedule

In EDUCATION: Dubomedy Arts Training School on December 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm


We offer professional training in Comedy, Improvisation, Stand-Up, Writing & Performance, NYC Tap Dance and Body Beats all year round for kids, teens and adults. From just to fun to professional coaching! Our classes were rated “Best Classes in Dubai” by Time Out Dubai Magazine. Dubomedy’s Head Teacher is Stomp and Cirque veteran, MTV Alumni, Award-winning American Comedienne; Mina Liccione. Classes are also lead by a team of professionals. Please see class and teacher details below.

WHAT: It’s time for Dubomedy Arts School’s Winter, 2011 Term! Each session runs 9 weeks and commences with a final performance in the Kilachund Theater at DUCTAC. Please reserve your place now!

WHEN: Winter Session runs January 22- March 12, 2011. ALL Classes commence with a Final Performance!

CLASS SCHEDULE: January 22- March 12, 2011

SATURDAYS AT DUCTAC:

11:30-12:30pm- NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level I for Teens and Adults.
Cost: AED 850
This class is perfect for beginners or those who haven’t tapped in a long time and need a refresher.

12:00-1:15pm- Comedia Bil Arabi! *NEW!*
Cost: AED 1000
This unique comedy course is the first of it’s kind in the UAE. It will focus on beginning improvisation, Stand Up Comedy, Sketch Comedy building all in Arabic. This course will be taught by Ali Al Sayed.

12:30-1:30pm-  NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level II for Teens and Adults
Cost: AED 850
This class will focus on more intermediate level technique and choreography. This class is open to those who have completed Level I or by permission of instructor.

*1:30-2:55pm- COMEDY 101: Saturday Afternoon Funnies!* Our Signature Class!
Cost: AED 1000

Our signature open level Comedy Class for Adults! This course will teach you the basics of Improvisation, Stand Up Comedy writing, delivery and performance. Each student will also get a private coaching session as well as a chance to perform in a energy packed end of session festival at Dubai Community Theater.

3:30-5:00pm- The Graduates!
Cost: AED 500
Intermediate to Advanced Stand Up Comedy for those who have graduated Comedy 101 and wish to continue their training and get more performance experience. These are semi-private coaching sessions lead by Ali Al Sayed.

4:00-5:00pm- NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level III
Cost: AED 850
This is an advanced level training course as well as Performance Troupe a.k.a. Dubomedy Sole Steppers. The troupe’s latest tap & body percussion piece won an award at this year’s Dubai Dance Festival!
*Please note: This class is by audition only

MONDAY NIGHTS:

“From the Page to the Stage”: Writing & Performance Workshop
All Star Team of Guest Lecturers: Mina Liccione, Nina Hein, Nicholas Karavatos, Jamal Iqbal and Jamil Abu Wardeh
Dubai Community Arts Center
7:30-9:30pm
Cost: AED 1500

This course will focus on diverse genres of writing geared towards performance. The workshop will emphasize on the balance between text and performance- how they build upon and interact with eachother. A team of professional writers, directors, poets and performance based artists including: Nicholas Karavatos, Nina Hein, Jamal Iqbal, Jamil Abu Wardeh as well as Mina Liccione will co-lead this course. There will be a series of unique writing sessions along with assignments that allow the students to explore a variety of “individual writing voices”. Writing genres and seminars will include: Script writing for Theater, Poetry and Spoken Word, Storytelling- from fiction to non-fiction, Character development tools, How to transform personal stories into TV Scripts taught by a longstanding TV Producer. The final few classes will focus on ways to take your words from the page to the stage- hence PERFORMANCE skills including Acting Technique, How to direct actors, Physicalization of stories and Rhythmic Training. This workshop will commence will a final reading of the works created during this creative process. The “best” works of the bunch will be chosen to develop into full length performance pieces as well as considered for a new series of short film projects set for 2011.

 TUESDAYS NIGHTS:

Marhaba Arabia- Learn to speak Emirati! *NEW!*
Dubai Community Arts Center
7:30-9:30pm- 12 Weeks
Cost: AED 1500

This course will teach you all the basics of speaking Emirati in a supportive environment! Classes will be taught by Shaima Al Sayed.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT IMPROV!- Improv Games, Theater Sports & Circus Skills! 
Co-Lead by Mina Liccione and Sol Abiad
Kadomz Studios in Marina Mall
7:15-9:00pm
Cost: AED 1000

Intermediate- Advanced level improv training with Basic Circus Skills as warm up! All improvisation, all the time! As per popular demand, we will warm up with a Circus Skill each week then focus on improvising in character, competitive theater games and improvisational structures for team performance “matches”. The goal of this class is to create a performance based Improv Troupe that will perform around the UAE at different events and venues including volunteer work with Clowns Who Care Project. Each session includes a Public Improv Performance as well as a final match performed in the end of session show. This is the perfect class for those who wish to perform improv as well as want to join Clowns Who Care as excellent improv skills are required.

UPCOMING:

NEW WORKSHOP FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS- Half Session, beginning in Feb, 2011
Sketch Comedy and Comedic Acting for TV
Sundays, 7:30-9:30pm
Studio- TBA

This new course is for intermediate-advanced level students and is by audition only. This is an on-camera class focusing on Sketch Comedy Acting, Directing and Performance. This core Sketch Troupe will also perform in front of a live studio audience.

MORE INFO/REG: LOL@vivadubai.com

REGISTRATION: All Classes will be posted on www.Timeouttickets.com for online registration. We will also be holding open registrations in the DUCTAC Lobby. To secure your place please send an e-mail to LOL@vivadubai.com with your name, contact info and which class/es you will be attending.

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Dean Obeidallah LIVE in Dubai- Dec. 15, 2010

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

From “Axis of Evil”, Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”, Saturday Night Live (contributing writer) CNN and so much more- Dean Obeidallah Live in Dubai!

WHAT: Celebrity Comedian Dean Obeidallah Live in Dubai!

This One Night Only- Stand Up Comedy Show will feature 3 Arab Comedians!

+ DEAN OBEIDALLAH will Headline
+ ALI AL SAYED (Local Comedic Sensation) will be the featured Comedian
+ JAMIL ABU WARDEH (Producer of Axis of Evil Middle East Tour) will host!

Competition for the Opening Slot: Based upon their final performance, TWO of the promising comedians who attend Dean’s Workshop Dec 11-14 will be awarded the opening slots by Dean himself! This shall be an evening of laughter and surprises!

WHEN: December 15, 2010.

SHOW TIME: 8:00pm

WHERE: Reel Cinemas in Dubai Mall

MORE INFO: 050 44 00 99 4 or LOL@vivadubai.com

HOW MUCH: AED 175

ONLINE TICKET SALES: www.timeouttickets.com

WHO IS DEAN OBEIDALLAH?

Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean’s comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, has appeared on “The Axis of Evil” Comedy TV special which aired in the US on Comedy Central and in the Middle East on Showtime Arabia. He is the co-creator of Comedy Central.com’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy.

Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s “The View,” on the nationally syndicated TV series “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and was one of five comedians profiled in the recent one hour TV Special entitled: “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age” which aired in the US on PBS and internationally on BBC World and Al Jazeera.

Dean is the co-creator and co-producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival which held its 7th annual festival in New York City May 5-9, 2010. He is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of The Amman Stand up Comedy Festival – the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East which took place in December 2008. The third annual Amman Festival will be held December 4-10, 2010.

For more info about Dean please visit his website: www.deanofcomedy.com

Dubomedy International Performing Arts Festival: Nov 10-13, 2010

In DIPAF- Our Festival! on November 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Local acts set to shine at Dubomedy

Song, dance and laughter awaits audiences as a group of talented students takes to the stage

By Keith Fernandez

Published Wednesday, November 03, 2010 in Emirates 24/7

Expect jokes about driving styles from around the world and Tom Cruise defying death in Dubai at a four-day festival of performing arts that promises to celebrate local talent.

Dubomedy, which organisers say is the first-ever festival of its kind in the GCC, will feature a range of homegrown musical, comedy, theatre and spoken word acts.

Dubomedy Arts runs classes in various disciplines for children and adults alike in the emirate and the festival will serve to give its students the chance to hone their craft through workshops and panels, while entertaining local audiences.

The school, which has been in operation since 2007, hopes the initiative will help it find a larger audience.

Ali Al Sayed, co-founder of Dubomedy and CEO of entertainment firm Viva Arts calls the festival the first step to recognising and celebrating local artists and productions. “We have been importing entertainment for as long as I can remember, with this festival and initiative, our vision is to export entertainment to the world and show what the UAE has to offer” he said. “There is a lot of talent here.”

Mina Liccione, head teacher at Dubomedy Arts School and artistic director of Viva Arts says she’s hoping the event will serve to nurture the arts community in Dubai, while bringing the city together.

The event kicks off on November 10 with a night of comedy and dance, with students of the school variously performing monologues, improvisation games and intricate salsa routines.

Day two showcases the works of Dubomedy’s first performance and writing class, ending with an inter-media spoken word performance by the American poet and guest teacher Nicholas Karavatos, followed by two theatre productions, “Musecal Chairs”, an ensemble piece, and “My Little Bit Life,” a one-act play about migrant workers.

Local model and actor Nitin Mirani will be part of a panel examining comedy in Arabia and Pakistani stand up comic Saad Haroon will share his expertise in a free workshop, while a medley of professional stand-up comics will perform in The Big Comedy Show at Dubai Mall’s Reel Cinemas on the following day.

A panel on hip-hop in Arabia on November 13 will feature Kuwaiti rapper Ya’koob Al Refaie, while local super-heroes Abri discuss the state of the music industry in the region with manager Rebecca Brianceau.

The festival closes with an original music concert at the floating stage in Dubai Festival City, as a motley crew of hip hop artists, rock bands, and beatboxers take the stage for three hours of their best songs, with the bill topped by local act Behold The Locus.

Performance: From Student Shows to Professional Event Entertainment

In PERFORMANCE: Events & Shows on August 25, 2010 at 5:12 am

Looking for entertainment for your Event? Team building activities for your training days?
Want to book a Comedian, MC, Stage Show, Roaming Characters, Tap Dance Act, Singers, Dancers and just about any other variety act ? Need private coaching? We got you covered!
Contact us at LOL@vivadubai.com or call Ali on 050 44 00 99 4

Dubomedy Arts School: Fall Course Calendar

In EDUCATION: Dubomedy Arts Training School on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 am

DUBOMEDY ARTS PROUDLY PRESENTS THEIR FALL, 2010 COURSE CALENDAR! OUR CLASSES WERE CHOSEN FOR THE “BEST CLASSES IN DUBAI” LIST BY TIMEOUT MAGAZINE!

We offer professional training in Comedy, Improvisation, Stand-Up, Writing & Performance, NYC Tap Dance and Body Beat all year round for kids, teens and adults. From just to fun to professional coaching! Classes are lead by Stomp and Cirque veteran, MTV Alumni, Award-winning American …physical comedienne and choreographer; Mina Liccione. Our new “From the Page to the Stage”: WRITING & PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP will be co-lead by a group of professional writers, directors and performance based artists including Jamil Abu Warda, Nick Karavatos,  Sol Abiad along with Mina Liccione..

WHAT: We are kicking off our third school year with a brand new session classes. Each session runs 9 weeks and commences with a final performance in the Kilachund Theater at DUCTAC. Please reserve your place now!

WHEN: We hold classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, between September 18- November 11, 2010. We will be holding a winter inensive then the next full batch of classes will start in January, 2011.
*Final performances on November 10-11, 2010 at 7:00pm in the Kilachund Theater at DUCTAC as part of Dubomedy’s First International Performing Arts Festival!!!

CLASS SCHEDULE:

~SATURDAYS CLASSES: Comedy and Tap & Body Beats- All Levels
September 18- November 11 at Dubai Community Theater in Mall of Emirates. Final performances November 10-11, 2010 at 7:00pm.

11:30-12:30pm- NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level I for Teens and Adults. This class is perfect for beginners or those who haven’t tapped in a long time and need a refresher.

12:30-1:30pm- NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level II for Adults and Teens. This class will focus on more intermediate level technique and choreography. This class is open to those who have completed Level I or by permission of instructor.

1:30-2:55pm- Comedy 101: Saturday Morning Funnies!
Our signature open level Comedy Class for Adults! This course will teach you the basics of Improvisation, Stand Up Comedy writing, delivery and performance. Each student will also get a private coaching session as well as a chance to perform in a energy packed end of session festival at Dubai Community Theater.

4:00-5:00pm- NYC Tap & Body Beats: Level III. This is an advanced level training course as well as Performance Troupe a.k.a. Dubomedy Sole Steppers.The troupe’s latest tap & body percussion piece won an award at this year’s Dubai Dance Festival!
*Please note: This class is by audition only

~MONDAY EVENINGS: NEW WRITING & PERFORMANCE CLASS!!!!!
September 20- November 11. Final performance and readings on November 10-11, 2010 at 7:00pm.

7:15-9:15pm-“From the Page to the Stage”: Writing & Performance Workshop
This new course will focus on diverse genres of writing geared towards performance. The workshop will emphasize on the balance between text and performance- how they build upon and interact with eachother. A team of professional writers, directors, poets and performance based artists including: Jamil Abu Warda, Nicholas Karavatos, Sol Abiad as well as Mina Liccione will co-lead this course. There will be a series of unique writing sessions along with assignments that allow the students to explore a variety of “individual writing voices”. Writing genres and seminars will include: Script writing for Theater, Poetry and Spoken Word, Storytelling- from fiction to non-fiction, Creating text, scripts and dialogue from Improvisational Exercises, Character development tools, How to transform personal stories into TV Scripts taught by a longstanding TV Producer. The final few classes will focus on ways to take your words from the page to the stage- hence PERFORMANCE skills including Acting Technique, How to direct actors, Physicalization of stories and Rhythmic Training. This workshop will commence will a final showing and/or reading of the works created during this creative process. The “best” works of the bunch will be chosen to develop into full length performance pieces as well as considered for a new series of short film projects set for 2011.

~WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: IMPROV, THEATER SPORTS & CIRCUS SKILLS!
September 22- November 10 at KADOMZ STUDIOS IN MARINA MALL. Final performances November 10-11, 2010 at DUCTAC.

7:15-9:00pm- WEDNESDAY NIGHT IMPROV! – Intermediate- Advanced level improv training with Basic Circus Skills as warm up!
All improvisation, all the time! As per popular demnad, we will warm up with a Circus Skill each week then focus on improvising in character, competitive theater games and improvisational structures for team performance “matches”. The goal of this class is to create a performance based Improv Troupe that will perform around the UAE at different events and venues including volunteer work with Clowns Who Care Project. Each session includes a Public Improv Performance as well as a final match performed in the end of session show. This is the perfect class for those who wish to perform improv as well as want to join Clowns Who Care as excellent improv skills are required.

MORE INFO/REG: LOL@vivadubai.com

REGISTRATION: All Classes are posted on www.Timeouttickets.com for online registration. We will also hold open registrations on Sat, Sept 4 from 2-3pm and Wed, Sept 8 from 8-9pm in the DUCTAC Lobby. To secure your place please send an e-mail to LOL@vivadubai.com with your name, contact info and which class/es you will be attending.

Clowns Who Care Project

In COMMUNITY: Clowns Who Care on August 25, 2010 at 4:14 am

 

 
“Clowns Who Care” by Sabina Giado
ILLUME Magazine
August 8, 2010

The Clowns Who Care, Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed, recently brought their unique brand of humor to the Special Families Support, a support group in Dubai for children with special needs and their family, and Senses, a residential care facility for children with special needs.

Italian American Mina Liccione is the director of Dubomedy Arts, a collective of performance artists based in Dubai. Her business partner in Dubomedy Arts is Ali Al Sayed, an Emirati and the chief executive officer of parent events company Viva Arts.

The two dress up as clowns Charlene Chaplin and Rusty Keaton and perform a comedy and tap dance routine to get their audience laughing and comfortable with their presence. Then comes the fun part – there is music, singing and/or dancing to get the juices flowing and keep the laughter ringing. Their act ends with a group circle where each member of the audience places themselves in the spotlight for a moment and shares something personal.

The experience proves moving for both the performers and the spectators. “We are moved to tears every time by the amount of love and appreciation the families, staff and children always have towards us,” say Liccione and Al Sayed.

Liccione, a native of Rochester in New York, comes from a professional and educational background in dance, clowning and theater arts. She came to Dubai as part of the Arts Festival during the Dubai Summer Surprises. Noticing that her Solo Comedy, Song & Tap Dance Show was not working as well as she’d hoped, she decided to rework the routine, localizing jokes, changing songs and adding more interaction. The performance hit the bulls-eye with her audience, and Liccione was now loath to leave. She decided to extend her stay and taught a series of comedy workshops for children and adults.

Liccione and her business partner Al Sayed met through a mutual friend and soon found that they shared the same passion for creating a sustainable community of performance artists in the United Arab Emirates. The two founded Dubomedy Arts on April 1, 2008.

Liccione’s parents were at first filled with trepidation at her decision to stay in the Middle East.
“My parents are a product of American media… Many of our neighbors have sons in Iraq and here I was moving to the Middle East armed with clown noses and tap shoes.”

But Liccione soon convinced her parents that being in Dubai gave her work a meaning she had not found elsewhere. “Sometimes artists need to go where the art isn’t and use their talents and passions to help build a community rather than simply taking from it”.

Liccione and Al Sayed’s plans for expanding the Clowns Who Care project extend within the city and beyond. They aim to train more clowns, build a database of committed volunteers and organizations, and ultimately, become regulars at care facilities and hospitals. The benefits of regular visits will be exponential, say the pair, “Visiting once will bring joy to them but becoming a regular part of their lives will benefit them much, much more.”

Their dream of bringing their show to Palestine is about to become a reality in September with the help of on-the-ground relief organizations. “We have connected with the Ziara Group, The Palestinian Circus School, Maysoon’s Kids as well as other relief organizations to see how we could best help.” Their work in Palestine is due to include special training for teachers as well, i.e. “a specifically designed training program for teachers and educators to further develop their own skills.”