Mondrian Doha, in partnership with the ‘Broken Wings’ musical, on Tuesday hosted a special ‘Musical Breakfast’. The event, held in Mondrian Doha’s award-winning CUT by Wolfgang Puck, was organised to celebrate the Broken Wings’ debut in Qatar.
The Musical Breakfast was attended by the globally renowned Qatari musician, composer, songwriter and artiste Dana Alfardan and co-writer and London West End star Nadim Naaman. It was open to the public, Mondrian guests and visitors who previewed the thrilling musical performance given by the acclaimed London West End cast.
Adapted from Khalil Gibran’s poetic masterpiece, the ‘Broken Wings’ musical is composed by Dana Alfardan and Nadim Naaman. Bringing the West End musical to Qatar for the first time, the ‘Broken Wings’ musical is aimed at creating a bridge between the East and West by blending the Middle Eastern story with a Western art form. It also sets to bring cultures together and unite people through music and art.
Commenting on the collaboration, Mikel Ibrahim, executive assistant manager at Mondrian Doha, stated that the five-star hotel is honoured to provide its guests and visitors in Qatar with a glimpse into the beauty of Arab heritage and culture through music.
“Our collaboration with ‘Broken Wings’ is a testament to our commitment to supporting Qatari artistes as well as the arts and culture scene in Qatar. We wish Dana Alfardan and the ‘Broken Wings’ cast a wonderful and successful debut in Qatar,” he said.
An adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s 1912 autobiographical poetic novel of the same title, ‘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 connection with the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the prestigious Beiteddine Arts Festival. The West End musical will mark its Doha run from the 7th to 9th November 2019 at Katara Opera House.
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.
Commenting on the event, Dana Alfardan said that she is very excited to bring ‘Broken Wings’ to Doha. “We hope that everyone enjoyed the performance by the London West End cast at CUT by Wolfgang Puck and that it will inspire the audience and fans in Qatar to learn more about the beautiful story of ‘Broken Wings’. We are happy to be collaborating with Mondrian Doha as the ‘Exclusive Hotel Partner’ for our ‘Broken Wings’ debut in Qatar. The hotel shares an alternative artistic relevance that reflects what ‘Broken Wings’ is all about, giving a different musical perspective for the world to experience and enjoy,” she added.
“We hope Qatar’s multi-cultural audience will relate to Khalil Gibran’s message of inclusivity, tolerance and acceptance and we also hope they will enjoy what the West End London cast has to offer,” added Nadim Naaman.