“Art of Sense and Soul” Performance Brings Near East Dance, Music and The Arabian Nights to Life at West Orange JCC on October 20
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 5:49pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ - JSDD’s Wellness, Arts, Enrichment (Wae) Center launches the 8th season of its Global Beat Series with “The Art of Sense and Soul,” a performance of dance, music and story from the Near East by Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC). The production is scheduled for 3 PM on Sunday, October 20, at JCC’s Maurice Levin Theatre, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052. A pre-show workshop introducing techniques for using personal experiences as artistic expression starts at 2 PM. All events are free of charge.
In addition to favorites from MDTC’s diverse repertory, the Company will premier The Ebony Horse: A Tale from the Arabian Nights, a dance/theater presentation featuring a heroic prince, a beautiful princess, and a magical, mechanical, flying horse. This oft-anthologized tale is adapted and directed by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio and choreographed by Samara Adell. Also featured are Red Desert, an interpretive work exploring the conflicting emotions of a woman living in a restrictive society, and Raks Al-Sa’id, a buoyant work of folkloric dance from Upper Egypt. On-stage musical accompaniment will be provided by popular Arabic musicians from the NY/NJ metropolitan area.
JSDD’s Wae Center and MDTC, along with The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange, have joined forces in a special collaboration symbolizing the diversity that each of the organizations incorporates into its mission. This performance represents the culminaton of regular workshops conducted by Mosaic ‘s Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, Samara Adell, and Adriana Rosa with students at the Wae Center, whose resulting artwork will be on display outside the theater from noon to 6 PM.
“The Art of Sense and Soul” will be presented free of charge to the general public, and there is NO reserved seating. Contact 973-272-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or special needs requests (two week advance notice for ASL requests).
Visit www.MosaicDanceTheaterCo.org or www.WAECenter.org.
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.
About JSDD’s Wae Center
Located in West Orange, NJ, The Wae Center is an expressive arts learning center for people with disabilities. Operating as a program of Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of Metrowest, Inc. (JSDD), the Wae Center offers artistic, wellness and enrichment opportunities to people of varying abilities in an atmosphere that supports and inspires creativity and fosters unconditional acceptance and respect between participants and facilitators. A dynamic staff of facilitators includes visual artists, photographers, writers, yoga and meditation practitioners, dieticians, musicians and actors who bring their passions to the process of learning. Humanistic principles are used to guide members in building a greater capacity for a full and rich life, regardless of starting point.
About Mosaic Dance Theater Company
Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC), a non-profit, public benefit corporation based in Glen Ridge, NJ, is a professional touring company dedicated to the dance and folklore of the Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on dance from the Near East. The Company was founded in 2003 by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC’s Producing Artistic Director. Celebrating the cultural and folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean region, the company evolved out of the dance and theater productions originally developed by Ms. Varricchio for New York Performing Artist Company, which began touring in 1992. These productions have been presented in schools, universities, and at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, Paper Mill Playhouse, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Nashville Institute for the Arts, and the NY International Fringe Festival, and are now a part of MDTC’s repertory. Samara, MDTC’s Choreographer and Artistic Director for Dance, began her collaboration with Ms. Varricchio in 2000, and since MDTC’s inception, the company has premiered many original dance works to high praise, and tours them nationally to performing arts venues, universities and schools. MDTC is currently on the artist roster for Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist series and for Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA.
About The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
JCC MetroWest has been at the center of community for over 130 years, bringing people together while providing educational, social, cultural and fitness programs.
The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange serves an area that covers 400 square miles - from New York City to the east in Essex County and extending to the outlying suburbs of Morris County to the west. Through classes, theater events, summer camps and community-wide festivals approximately 50,000 people are served each year.