"Many cultures have contributed to and influenced the very fabric of modern American society, and we truly believe that the arts promote learning, appreciation, and respect for cultural diversity." These are the words of Samara Adell, and the Mosaic Dance Theater Company, one of 11 exciting Dance Companies in this year's Making Moves Dance Festival. Throughout her storied career, Samara has displayed a life long commitment to the dances of the Near East. With the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group, she performed in some of the US’s most prestigious concert arenas. As a soloist, she has performed worldwide. Samara has displayed a has held the position of Artistic Director for Dance and Choreographer for Mosaic Dance Theater Company since 2003. Her choreography credits include off-Broadway, NY International Fringe Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, and in Tokyo, Japan.
We are excited to watch Samara and the Mosaic Dance Theater Company in Making Moves Dance Festival on September 25th in Making Moves 2020. Check her out in her own words, and learn more about other performers below:
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1. What inspired you to commit to being an artist? How did you choose dance as your art-form? Our audience would love to hear about influential moments that led you to pursue dance as a career.
I have always been a very sensitive person, and since I was a child the darkness of the world really affected me. I always saw dance as beauty -- the performers looked beautiful; the movements were magical. I loved being physical, but I was not a competitive person so sports were not something I could get serious about. I wrote poetry, and dance felt poetic to me. To be successful at anything in life you need a lot of discipline and drive which came very naturally to me when it came to dance. I struggled with what direction to go in at one point in my late teenage years. My two loves were dance and Ethology (the study of animal behavior). Dance kept calling me and became my career, but I also became an animal advocate and rescuer.
2. What are some special elements of your work, regarding your upcoming performance that you'd like to share with us? Is there anything you'd like to say about what we might expect?
I am very excited about sharing excerpts from “Beyond Thee Image." This is a very special performance because we are mixing Visual Art with Performing Art! Paintings originally came from the artists’ imaginations of what they saw or what they imagined it to be. Now we are looking at the paintings and making them come alive by performing the dances we imagine.
3. What offers you inspiration for your work? What are the things in your "universe" that give you motivation to make your work?
Educating people about other cultures through dance. There are many dances that depict the different aspects of people's lives. I believe art is a very positive way to learn about each other! Life around me gives me inspiration. It could be social or political, I am very focused on injustice for women, animals, minorities, LGBQ rights -- any kind of discrimination fuels my motivation for creating. Also, joy is very important because we cannot let darkness always take over.
4. What are your goals and aspirations going forward as a dancer; an artist?
My goals are to teach and educate a new generation to have the discipline to work hard and educate themselves so they can present all the dances I have put my life into, researched, choreographed and put on the stage. Also, to keep creating and sharing with the world new ideas. Dance has a way of sending subliminal messages which can really resonate!
More about Mosaic Dance Theater
Jehan Kamal (Special Guest Choreographer), internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, singer/songwriter, is the founder/director of the Temple of Jehan, a dance school dedicated to preserving Middle Eastern dance traditions and exploring evolutionary styles. She is the creator of several Off-Broadway shows, and has written and produced over 20 music CDs ranging from traditional Middle Eastern to Arabesque world fusion, performance and instructional DVDs and fantasy art films. She currently directs and choreographs for the Bellydance Raks Stars and teaches, coaches, and choreographs for several top fashion designers, pop stars, and other celebrities.
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. 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, this award-winning company 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. MDTC tours nationally to performing arts venues, universities, schools, and community organizations.
Performers - Morgiana Celeste Varricchio (Producing Artistic Director and Founder) Nina Brewton Kaitlin Hines-Vargas Danielle Hartman
Tag line Beyond the Image Suite: Dancing Orientalist Art to Life