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Presented By: University Musical Society*

Sahra: An Evening of Performance in Detroit

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UMS’s Arab World focus closes with Sahra, which is Arabic for “soiree” or “evening.” This event — held at a new performance and gallery space in Detroit — brings together three wildly different performances.

8 PM SET (SEATED; INCLUDES LATE NIGHT SET)
Violinist and composer Mike Khoury and choreographer Leyya Tawil team up for a new work that, in its reference to the Palestinian-American experience, situates itself in both the legacy and future of the Arab avant-garde. The work is informed by the multi-generational conflict that has created new refugees out of the old refugee population.

9 PM LATE-NIGHT SET (STANDING ROOM ONLY)
Tammy Lakkis is an emerging vocalist, producer, and DJ well-known on Detroit dance floors for her eclectic, mostly vinyl sets that celebrate the coexistence of light, dark, and fun. Her liveelectronic musical production inhabits many worlds but finds its center in house, electro, and techno.

Kabareh Cheikhats pays tribute to Morocco’s most famous female traditional folk singers. Both adored and stigmatized, the cheikhats had an ambiguous position in society. With deep reverence and infectious flair, Kabareh Cheikhats sing, dance, and re-enact their powerful songs of love, rebellion, and fierce independence while reinventing traditions of drag and gender ambiguity.

Presented in partnership with the Arab American National Museum and with ARAB: A Real Arab Blueprint, an exhibition and programmatic series in Detroit that explores the experience of Arab creatives.

Sahra was originally scheduled on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

PROGRAM (SAT 4/9/2022: SPOT LITE)
Seated portion of the evening is sold out.

PROGRAM (SAT 4/9/2022: SPOT LITE)
Late-night ticket is standing-room-only; begins at 9 PM and will join the Sahra full performance in progress.
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Cost

  • Standing Room Only tickets available at $23

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