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NYU hosts Nu­fo­nia Must Fall – a sci-fi love story told with pup­pets

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Mon­treal scratch DJ Kid Koala’s sci-fi love story Nu­fo­nia Must Fall is on at NYU

We all know the story – robot meets girl, robot falls in love, robot writes songs for her. OK, maybe that’s not quite how it went, but for a unique twist on the clas­sic Boy Meets Girl, head to NYU this month for Nu­fo­nia Must Fall. It’s a fu­tur­is­tic story of a head­phone wear­ing droid who falls in love – and this adap­ta­tion uses pup­pets to tell the tale along with a live mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

The show is the work of Kid Koala, a Mon­treal-based scratch DJ and the man be­hind the graphic novel of the same name, which he penned be­tween 2000 and 2002.

“It’s a story about a robot try­ing to write love sto­ries but he can’t sing. He’s try­ing to get the at­ten­tion of this girl, an­other lonely char­ac­ter in a big city,” says Koala. “Through their in­ter­ac­tion, he gets knocked down a few times but he finds a way to write a love song to her. There’s also a vil­lain in this story – a newer, faster , slicker robot. It’s a com­ing of age story.”

Koala’s pedi­gree goes be­yond Nu­fo­nia. He’s re­leased four al­bums on the re­spected Bri­tish record la­bel Ninja Tunes and has toured with Ra­dio­head and the Beastie Boys. His mu­sic has also ap­peared in movies in­clud­ing Shaun Of The Dead and Looper. May 11 to 12

NYUAD Arts Cen­ter, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8pm, Fri 4pm, free but prior reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Taxi: NYUAD. nyuadarts­cen­ter.org

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