23 January 2014

Professional collaboration of New York City and Dubai-based artists to premiere new performance February 6, 7, and 8.

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Al Quoz 3, February 6th, Loom Ensemble will premiere it’s newest evening-length production at thejamjar. Two ex-pat New Yorkers living in Dubai, a team of 9 other Dubai residents from around the world, and three visiting New York guest artists offer an evening you won’t forget—infusing Dubai with taste of the downtown NYC art scene.

Say I am You will be an evening of live music, exuberant dance, and compelling theatrical storytelling, with fantastical costumes, multi-media design, and a feelgood party atmosphere.

Loom Ensemble takes its audience to the fantastically unlikely meeting of a research biologist, a Chinese pre-modern peasant, a sarcastic American college freshman, and Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī Rumi, the 13th century founder of Sufism. “What makes us whole,” they ask. “What separates us from that sense of wholeness?” Loom uses its signature pallet of layered vocal harmonies and athletic dances toexplore the full spectrum of human emotion. Say I Am You invites you to ask big questions and be open to new ideas, while keeping you laughing all along the way.

Say I Am You opens this February 6, 7 and 8 at thejamjar Dubai, an innovative warehouse arts space in Al Quoz 3. Tickets are by donation, suggested range 25-100dh. To reserve your seat in advance, please e-mail info@thejamjardubai.com or call +971 4 341 7303.

That same week, Loom Ensemble will also premiere a 10-minute short play Reedsong in Dubai’s Short and Sweet Theater Festival at DUCTAC on Saturday 8 February at 3pm, along with a musical concert as a part of The Fridge Concert Series Monday 10 February. More information at musing-rhodes.157-230-83-177.plesk.page.

Loom Ensemble

Loom is an interdisciplinary performance collective based in Dubai and New York City, weaving together equal parts dance, music and theater, and collaboratively creating vibrant ensemble performances, to nourish a sense of basic delight in our audiences, our peers and ourselves. Loom has been producing contemporary theater performances in New York City for the last 4 years, and has only recently expanded its base of operations to include Dubai.

After only 6 months in the UAE, Loom is already offering performances and workshops at The Fridge, thejamjar, DUCTAC, Dubai Culture’s 48hr Film Fest and American University of Sharjah, with the mission to help jumpstart the contemporary performance culture of artists and audiences here in Dubai.


Founded in 2005, thejamjar is a creative space that works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its extensive arts programme, educational initiatives, and community projects. The studio and project space offers the region’s first public DIY Painting Studio alongside a year round artist residency and public programme, presenting a diverse range of art forms, including visual art, film, music, theatre and more.

Included in thejamjar’s extensive portfolio of services is art consulting and events organizing for private and public art projects involving professional artists, collectives, schools, universities, non-for-profit and corporate organizations. thejamjar is also the creator and driving force behind ArtintheCity, an initiative committed to promoting arts in the region, and encompasses the Art Bus, www.artinthecity.com, and the publication of the UAE’s ArtMap.


For more information, interviews and images please contact:

Raphael Sacks

Artistic Director

Loom Ensemble

T | +971 50 249 6147

E | LoomEnsemble@gmail.com

Mona Eldahshoury

Production Manager | Marketing and Publicity

Loom Ensemble

T | +971 56 383 6528

E | oeldahshoury@aus.edu