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Meet the Cast of Impressions of "The Alhambra"

In 1829, Washington Irving went to Spain, and lived in the Alhambra. In September of 2024, 195 years later, MDTC brings you an adaptation of his book The Alhambra -- his travels and the legends, told through dance and spoken word. And now, meet the cast.

Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC's Producing Artistic Director and Founder has created the adaptation and is the production's Director. Morgiana Celeste is in the dance ensemble and becomes the storyteller, bringing to life the magical legends of the Alhambra.

Samara Adell, the Company's Artistic Director for Dance is the Choreographer, adding to the great body of work she has created for MDTC. Samara also performs as featured dancer of the ensemble.

Carlos Fittante, A specialist in Baroque, and Spanish escuela bolera dance styles, returns to MDTC as Guest Choreographer and performer, Carlos is also the Artistic Director of the BALAM Dance Theatre.

Nina Brewton, dancing with MDTC since the first production in 2003, performs as part of the dance ensemble, and shows off her comedic talents in several roles in the magical legends of the Alhambra's lore.

Michael Takiff is a New York-based writer and actor whose recent one-man show, Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order), was praised for its display of his “prodigious intelligence and expert showmanship.” He plays the role of the great man and legendary writer himself - Washington Irving.

Yasmine Litachevsky, a classically trained ballerina, shares a strong passion and love for middle eastern dancing as well as other styles of dance. Yasmine is part of the dance ensemble, and plays the part of Jacinta in The Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra.

Katherine Shamdin, originally from Mattoon, Illinois, recently graduated from The University of Iowa, where she performed works in modern and contemporary dance. Katherine now makes New York City her home, and is excited to be a part the dance ensemble. She also performs the role of Zayda in The Legend of the Three Princesses.

Jeevika Bhat uses dance and choreography to explore the confluence of her cultures. Her background is in Odissi, an East Indian classical dance form known for nuanced storytelling and graceful fluidity. Part of the dance ensemble, she also performs the role of Zorayda, one of the three princesses of the tower.

Claudia Logi, a native of Paris, France, now resides in New York City, where she was recently awarded a Certificate in the Professional Division at The Ailey School A student of ballet since childhood, she now performs modern and contemporary styles. Claudia is part of the dance ensemble, and plays the role of Zorahayda, the third princess.

Barbara Romero, Spanish dance expert, specializing in the Escuela Bolero school, learned from the top masters of Spanish dance in the US and Spain. She dances with BALAM Dance Theatre, often performing with Carlos Fittante. As guest performer, Barbara performs Spanish dance of the early 19th Century -- dance Washington Irving wrote about in The Alhambra.


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