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antigone retold auditions
27 June and 2 july 2022

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Antigone follows the story of a daughter of the infamous Oedipus. She is a headstrong woman who defies her King's edict by burying the brother who was labelled a traitor in the preceding civil war. There have been many versions of Antigone since the 5th century BCE, but this version encompasses a slightly different view. The director has chosen to frame the story through a chorus of women - affectionately known as The Seven Devils of Greek Mythos - and thus consciously disengages the view of a chorus of Theban men as they were once written by Sophocles.


Calliope (the muse of epic poetry and our new female chorus leader) opts to shine the proverbial spotlight onto seven defiant women of mythology in what becomes an act of purposefully reclaiming the 21st century female experience by deconstructing the narratives of myth alongside the narrative of Antigone. How does she do this? With an awesome musical soundtrack, choreographed dance routines, sung monologues and a consistent interruption of the original classical play which still takes place all around them... that's how! And trust her, this is unlike anything you've ever experienced in the theatre before.

AUDITION VENUE: Warehouse 4, Al Quoz

AUDITION DATES: Monday, 27 June (7pm-9pm) and Saturday, 2 July  (2pm-6pm)



DIRECTOR: Lauren Noble - check out her profile here

CHOREOGRAPHER: Sashin Kandhai - check out his profile here


PERFORMANCE: November 2022

If you are interested in supporting our production in ways that don't involve you being on stage, please contact our Creative Director. We are always looking to collaborate with talented creatives in the fields of:

  • Patronage (sponsoring elements of the show and our associated research into the arts and arts education)

  • Photography and videography (we want to get very creative with this!)

  • Set design and construction

  • Costume design, make-up and hair (make-up artists, we want you!)

  • Backstage crew

school of rock previews
all of june 2022

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Our first ever music member of co|lab collective has followed an interesting and multifaceted pathway in music and education over the past decade and a half. That twisting and turning journey has led him to work as both a music teacher and the head of performing arts on two continents... and now he wants to create a program, right here in Dubai which he believes the music and music education industry desperately needs.

Officially launching in September 2022, Daniel has agreed to introduce us all to a unique School of Rock concept which seeks to support schools to blend the ensemble element of playing in a band with the industry lessons associated with gig culture.


Schools who invite Dan in for a preview session will receive a discounted early registration to offer this program as an extracurricular on campus every term. This will effectively provide schools with opportunities for their students to participate in exciting shows, theatre productions, live gigs and band competitions in the UAE at the end of every term. Not to mention the potential for playing at school events and integrating the arts into a space for community-building.

VENUE: On campus at your school or university

DATE: One free session on an agreed date in the month of June 2022

COST: Free preview session

AGES: Secondary, sixth-form and university

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Cuddihy (check out his profile here)

If you're interested in a free session with Daniel's School of Rock, just fill out our enquiry form below and we can chat about the logistics.

prop design summer course
18 to 22 july 2022

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The design of props for film sets and stage shows is an art form which has survived - literally! - thousands of years and continues to thrive today. And that's exactly why we've created this amazing summer short course with our friends at Mawaheb, encouraging us all to go back to basics and craft our way through a design process in order to create something like this!


Using the fantasy world of Harry Potter as our basis to explore different design techniques and skills, students can opt to use communal materials or add an additional design box of items which they can keep after their course. These boxes are valued at 250dhs and everything made with them, in them or left over from them will be kept by each individual student so they can continue learning at home. co|laboratory will supply communal materials and guidance alongside our volunteer interns or even parents (if you'd like to help our inclusion students!)

 Our props will include a selection such as (but not limited to) :

  • Three magical potion vials 

  • A Hungarian Horntail dragon egg

  • An individually designed mini-wand

  • A Golden Snitch hanging ornament

  • Participants who opt for the design kit add-on will receive an additional set of high-quality items which supports continued design learning at home (valued at 250dhs)

VENUE: Mawaheb Art Studio, Al Quoz 3 (view map here)

DATE: 18-22 July 2022 (this is a 5 day course)

TIME: 10am to 1pm daily

COST: 800dhs with communal materials only, 1050dhs for additional design kit 

AGE: 13+

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Noble (check out her profile here)

musical theatre summer course
22 to 26 august 2022

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This August, Mawaheb Art Studio is playing host to our amazing musical theatre course which is all about performance and design skills working together to make magic on stage! Using the original play The Mixtape Factory (written by Lauren Noble) as a starting point, our students will attend mini-auditions, create characters, craft their own costumes or props, perform scenes, choreograph dance routines and showcase their skills in a short performance at the end of the week!

Participants will learn skills across the following art forms associated with the musical theatre industry:

  • Performance: acting in character in a scene from The Mixtape Factory.

  • Theatricality: elevating performances with an energetic, larger-than-life style.

  • Musicality: using music to heighten a performance.

  • Choreography: an inclusive dance approach which merges basic choreo for newbies with intermediate choreo for those who might already have dance training or experience.

  • Prop design: using an upcycled approach which seeks to reuse instead of buy new.

  • Participants who opt for the theatre kit add-on will receive a package of high-quality merch and design items which support continued learning at home (valued at 250dhs)

VENUE: Mawaheb Art Studio, Al Quoz 3 (view map here)

DATE: 22-26 August 2022 (this is a 5 day course)

TIME: 10am to 1pm daily

COST: 800dhs with upcycked materials only, 1050dhs for additional theatre kit 

AGE: 13+

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Noble (check out her profile here)


jomba! dance writing residency
august 2022


Our JOMBA! Khuluma Writing Residency is a global collaborative platform which coincides with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience happening in Durban (South Africa) and digitally across the world - check out the promo from the digital festival last here right here!

The original concept of writing to make a difference was taught to our Creative Director, Lauren Noble, during her years at UKZN’s Howard College. She attributes a lot of that learning to her work with JOMBA! Khuluma as one of the original writers in the 2010 inaugural writing residency. co|laboratory has now been provided the opportunity to bring some of that wonderful collaborative teaching and learning energy through to the UAE where critical discourse, journalistic practice and dance writing needs a welcome boost to see us into the future of arts and culture in this space.


The writing residency is therefore open to all senior scholars, university students and adults who have a vested interest in dance, choreography, creative writing and journalism in any capacity and at any level. The collaborative nature of our work means we will meet you at your ability, and craft a program which is tailored to your interests or career pathway.

AGE: Senior scholars/university students/adults (due to mature content)

WHEN: August 2022

FACILITATED BY: Lauren Noble - check out her profile here

SUPPORTED BY: Clare Craighead - check out her profile here

VENUE: Virtual and at many, many coffee shops in Dubai!

WEBSITE: https://jomba.ukzn.ac.za/ 

BLOGSPACE: https://jombafestival.medium.com/


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