Two major new works will premiere in the award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company’s (MDTC) December concert in Bloomfield, N.J.
Opening the program are excerpts from "Fo(u)r Women," created by Samara Adell, MDTC’s Artistic Director for Dance, and award-winning writer/composer Gary Kupper. The piece is directed by Mr. Kupper, with choreography by Samara. "Fo(u)r Women" is a theatrical multi-media dance celebration of four women of the Greater Middle East who overcame cultural and religious obstacles to attain greatness in their respective lives and times. Through song, dance and spoken word and aided by multimedia projections of photos, and archival film footage, the piece will tell the story of women’s timeless struggle for freedom to overcome the circumstances of their male dominated societies. Featured among the excerpts is Enheduanna, from 2200 B.C. Sumer, the first recorded non-anonymous author in history, and Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Each story embodies the majestic power and resilience of the human spirit.
Also premiering is "La Lettera d’Isabella" ("Isabella’s Letter"), an original scenario for the commedia dell’arte. Created and directed by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC’s Producing Artistic Director, the scenario highlights the theatrical traditions of commedia and its characters. The masked characters of Arlecchino, Brighella, Pantalone, and Il Capitano along with Isabella and Orazio, the pre-requisite pair of lovers, will be portrayed through movement and dance to an underscore of traditional Italian folk music. Completing the program is "Bastianelo," a humorous Italian folk tale presented in MDTC’s signature style of dance/story theater. The program features MDTC dancers Samara Adell, Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, Nina Brewton, Kendra Dushac, Mary Susan Sinclair-Kuenning, and guest performers Heather Panikkar, Mary Lowman, and Mackenzie Knapp.
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