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New York Performing Artist Company presents:

Caravan to Cairo was 
presented as part of 
the New York International Fringe Festival in Manhattan during August 2003. 
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The Roma, the people called "gypsies" have been known for centuries as master entertainers, mixing their own cultural traditions with those of the countries in which they settled. Paying homage to this rich heritage, a quartet of gypsy girls, takes you on a delightful trip along the northern shores of the Mediterranean, visiting three countries with a rich legacy of music, dance and storytelling. 

Journey to Greece, where a clever girl named Aliki fearlessly rids her village of a diabolical Ogress. From Spain, The Three Princesses of the Alhambra, based upon the legend as told by Washington Irving in his book Alhambra, is a poignant tale of three identical sisters, imprisoned in the Alhambra by their superstitious father. Finally in Bastianelo, a young bridegroom from Italy finds the world full of fools, each one more foolish than the next. This story-theater presentation also features lively folk dances, including Italy's tarantella, quadriglia, and furlana, and Greece's hasapiko and kalamatiano, and is underscored by engaging folk music of each of the countries. 



Morgiana has performed in New York City, at regional and stock theaters throughout the US, in roles of all types of theater ranging from classical drama to musical comedy. She has worked as production assistant for several Broadway productions and as artistic consultant for film star Anthony Quinn. As a storyteller, she tours her one-person show of classical mythology, Ovid's Metmorphoses, and has taken it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her acclaimed story theater presentation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves has been presented by Lincoln Center Institute in New York City, other major art institutes in the US, and is currently presented by Arts Horizon for school tours throughout the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area. A long time student of Samara's, Morgiana dances at clubs and special events in the NY/NJ/PA area. Her dance background also includes training in Polynesian, tap and jazz. Additionally she has studied mime and the Laban movement style. She has trained extensively in the Shotokan style of karate with Master Sensei Masataka Mori.


Samara began dancing professionally in her teens, and has become one of the most celebrated and sought after Arabic dancers of today. A protégé of the late master Ibrahim Farrah, she performed with his internationally acclaimed Near East Dance Group at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, New York’s Town Hall, and the Spoleto Festival. In addition, she has performed with some of the most famous singing stars of the Middle East. Samara was a 1998 inductee into the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance Hall of Fame. She is engaged regularly as a soloist in Middle Eastern nightclubs and special events in New York City and throughout the US, and is a popular seminar leader, conducting dance workshops across the US and abroad. As special guest artist, she has performed in Mexico, the Caribbean, Paris, London, China, West Africa, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Russia, and throughout the Middle East. 



Andrea performs a unique interpretation of Middle Eastern dance, grounded strongly in the Arabic, Turkish and North African traditions, and has been seen stateside at cabarets, clubs and cultural events in New York City, Boston, Providence, and Buffalo, and internationally in Germany, Sweden and Puerto Rico. Andrea’s choreography, into which she infuses her studies of butoh, flamenco, ballet, yoga and Odissi classical Indian dance, has most recently been presented at New York's Town Hall, New York's Gene Frankel Theatre, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Buffalo's Pfeiffer Theatre. She has taught weekly dance classes since 1993, and has performed Middle Eastern dance as a soloist and company member with Elena Lentini's Caravanserai, Anahid Sofian & Dancers, Jehan Kamal’s Ballet Exotiqa, Judy Myers' Davka!, Ghassan Fadlallah, the Yousry Sharif Dance Ensemble, and Gamila el Masri's Benat Nessma. Andrea has been making dance related films and videos since 1987. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Georgetown University and an MA in Painting from New York University.




Nina has an extensive background in dance, studying tap, Korean folkdance and Tae Kwan Do from childhood. She was awarded a two-year full time dance scholarship from Clark Center for Performing Arts where she trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Dunham (African) dance. She also studied acting and performed in Equity musical stage productions such as the King and I and appeared in several videos. Additionally, she has studied Polynesian dance for many years, touring professionally with three companies to Atlantic City casinos, museums and colleges as well as at corporate functions for PepsiCo, Colgate Palmolive, Bristol Meyers and People Magazine. Nina continues her studies in Hawaiian dance and recently participated in master classes in Hawaii. Nina studies Middle Eastern dance with Samara, and has performed at special events, in theatrical productions and Middle Eastern restaurants in the New York area. 


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