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Tales from The Arabian Nights
Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, NJ
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Tales from The Arabian Nights
The award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company (www.MosaicDanceTheaterCo.org) presents a special holiday engagement of their enchanting production of "Tales from The Arabian Nights." The program will be presented free of charge at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, NJ  07003 on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, and on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Retold and directed by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTCs Producing Artistic Director, with choreography by Samara Adell, the Company's Artistic Director for Dance, "Tales from The Arabian Nights" is presented in the Company's signature style of dance/story theater. Four magical tales comprise the program. "The Fisherman and The Djinni" tells of an unsuspecting fisherman who uncorks a brass bottle and releases a djinni bent on revenge. "Ubar, the Lost City of Brass" is a dark and unusual tale, full of timely symbolism. Destroyed by its greed and corrupt pursuit of wealth, Ubar poses as an eerie parable for our current times. "The Ebony Horse," a thrilling tale of derring-do, stars a heroic prince, a beautiful princess and a magical, flying, mechanical horse. "The Queen of The Serpents" follows a young ne'er-do-well and the fatal chain of events which occur after his meeting the title character. The production features MDTC Company members Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, Samara Adell, Nina Brewton, and Kendra Dushac McCarthy with Guest Dancers Heather Panikkar, Jazmin Nelson, and Allan McCormick. A special treat for the entire family -- you won't want to miss it!

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.


Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC) is dedicated to the dance and folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean  the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain  creating dance, theater, and educational programs which celebrate the rich diversity of cultures of this region. The dances and music, the stories and myths, and the history and legends of this fascinating area form the wellspring of inspiration for MDTC's creative vision.
Founded in 2003 by Producing Artistic Director Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC evolved out of dance and theater productions originally developed by Ms. Varricchio which began touring in 1992 and are now a part of MDTC's repertory. Samara Adell, MDTC's Choreographer and Artistic Director for Dance, began her collaboration with Ms. Varricchio in 2000, and since the Company's inception, it has premiered its original dance works to critical acclaim. Touring nationally to performing arts venues, universities, and educational facilities, MDTC is known for its artistry and authenticity, not only in creating the original works that comprise its repertory, but also in faithfully researching their origins to ensure cultural integrity.  The Company has been presented under the auspices of Lincoln Center's Meet The Artist Program, Young Audiences of New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania, Arts Horizons, and is on the roster of Arts-in-Education artists for Hartford Performs and Morris Arts.  MDTC is the recipient of the 2013 Sunshine Award for its contribution to the performing arts, recognized by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and the United Nations.
In a world engulfed by popular culture, MDTC embraces the historical treasures of the past, the ways of tradition, and the sensibilities of the present in its goal to celebrate the remarkable varieties and similarities of the Mediterranean cultures.  MDTC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Essex County, N.J.


Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College (View)
449 Franklin St.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 4
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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