Folklore and Fantasy

 Folklore and Fantasy

“Folklore and Fantasy” Performance Brings Near East Dance, Music and Myth to Life at Luna Stage on September 9

JSDD’s Wellness, Arts, Enrichment (WAE) Center launches the 7th season of its Global Beat Series with “Folklore and Fantasy,” a performance of dance, music and myth from the Near East by Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC). The production is scheduled for 3 PM on Sunday, September 9, at Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ  07052.

In addition to favorites from MDTC’s diverse repertory, the Company will premier The Paradise of Children by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a dance/theater presentation of the story of Pandora’s Box, adapted and directed by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio and choreographed by Samara Adell.  Also premiering is an awalim-style dance from Mohammed Ali Street in Cairo, with on-stage musical accompaniment by popular Arabic musicians from the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

The WAE Center and MDTC, along with Luna Stage, have joined forces in a special collaboration representing the diversity that each of the organizations incorporates into its mission. Mosaic directors Morgiana Celeste Varricchio and Samara Adell are currently teaching workshops in Middle Eastern dance to students of the WAE Center, who will perform a short choreography during the concert.

“Folklore and Fantasy”will be presented free of charge to the general public. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Contact 973-272-7152,  for reservations or special needs requests (two week advance notice for ASL requests). For additional information, visit or

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.

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