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The following is a selected list of past performance engagements in public venues, with links to videos when available.
 
There are also links to demonstration videos recorded at various locations.
 
Event list does not include private functions. I will be adding more video links shortly, so please check back.

* Indicates an event produced or co-produced by Morgana.
 
 
2010

 

Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Spring Belly Dance Show and Dance Party

With Qamar, Alizah Afet, Zbeide and Ed Melikian Ensemble

Belleville Congregational Church

Newburyport, Mass.

 

Saturday, May 1, 2 to 6 p.m.

Bellies for Breasts fundraiser for Susan G. Komen 3-Day Cancer Walk

Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson

80 Main St., Hudson, Mass.

 

Thursday, May 6, 8 p.m.

Athenian Corner

207 Market St.

Lowell, Mass.

With live music by the Fred Elias Ensemble. .

 

Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.

Belly Pyschedeli Annual Dance Karavan

Benefit for Unitarian Church of Foxborough, 6 Bird St., Foxborough, Mass.

 

Thursday, July 15, 8 p.m.

Athenian Corner

207 Market St.

Lowell, Mass.

With live music by the Fred Elias Ensemble.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick swanson, revels, special plans, not only 40 years of revels, but revels in the same place at sanders theater in Harvard, so we are making sanders theater a major character, the original inspiration for jack langstaff, who founded the revels, was the medieval inspiration, the country house in the middle ages, revels, troubadours, jugglers, dancing animals, mummers play – and there was an engraving, the revels in haden hall, a country house in England, this engraving was Victorian, but depicting the revels,

 

So, we are going back to that idea and turning sanders theater into haden hall, the conceit is, historically in the 1920s the hallway was going to be knocked down for a motorway, but was not, the duke of rutland decided to restore it. Our conceit is, he goes to visit it in the 1920s, as a last look at it in the 1920s, it happens to be near the (solstices,) the wife says it s aterrinle lot of stones,

 

If only the walls could talk, the duke said, all the occupants of the past come out, trhere will be actual characters on the stage (from the different centuries,) this gives us the excuse to do all different periods, medieveal, renaissance, Victorian, all this wonderful music in the same place at the same time,

 

Costumers, all the beautiful costumes, we try and be authentic, that is one of the things with revels, it’s tied to the calendar, the shortest day of the year, it’s wise for human beings to be aware of the natural cycles, that we don’t have the arrogance to presume the technology and human development makes it unnecessary to basic the cycles of human life, and the way that

 

Lots of different cultures have found different ways to express this, it’s fun for us to go to the balckans, or Appalachian revels, or the Balkan revels, bringing some of our old chestnuts,

Backstage, what we really have to do is create a community, a sort of village, three months out. We gather people, we audition people, we start with that, audition and adult choruse and a children’s chorus, we teach them the music, the basics of stage craft, and then we put this volunteer chorus together with a lot of professionals, we send them through the costume process,

 

The singing part of it is done on a steady basis every week, and then we have three all day rehearsals, we used to have the biggest dressing room in the world, now we have the smallest, we kused to have the entire Annenberg hall, then they made some nice dressing room downstairs,

 

On stage, about 80 odd or involved, we have a brass sextet, a string band, sometimes we have a bunch of dancers, so there are a lot of people there, then we bring in some key performes, the jesters coming up from d.c. they are physical actors, if you like, corporeal acting.

 

David coffin, who is our emcee, a bridge between the audience and the stage. One reason the audience is interested, it’s an event, not a show, it’s a tradition for them,t hey are required to do things, required to sing, mummers dance, actors come off stage and join in with the audience, this was done in the 17th century with Louis 14th, the court would all rise and blend with the people on the stage, when they come in from the second half of the show, it’s almost chemically different,

 

Challwenges, everyone has in some way been hit by the economy, people are choosing carefully how they are going to budget. We have not come back in the Christmas show, we have a lot of educational proframming, we have tried not to come back in programming, the sense that there is a certain time of years where it is appropriate, we don’t’ want any sense of leaving things out important, our brass for instances, exnomorously expensive part of our budget, this is the one time of year people are going to sing, they give thsemvles permission,

 

When you have 1200 people singing, it would  be difficult to have brass out, we have chosen to bite the bullet and keep that element,

Our staff through the year, have taken furloughs, we have cut back enormously every year in our annual budget, we buidget very tightly in our xmas show, but not the things we consider, the other part is some shows are more expensive, last year we did Appalachian show which is not heavy on costume, sometimes we do our culture which is  foreign,

 

This year being otr 40th annifersary, keep a bottle of champagne and pop it, it will be a very satisfying,

The budget is 1.5 million, I’ve been directing shows for 20 years, I met jack langstaff in 1976, I came on associate director,

 

Future, revelations, we have a lot of programs, which have got great potential for growth, I’m impressed with how fractured art experiences are becoming nowadays, not that there isn’t a lot of appreciation for arts, but less opportunity to come together, and I  miss that, a program called riversing, to come down to the banks of the Charles river, to mark the autumn equinox, we see it part of our mission to do these things that are mieaningful, education eseverly understaffed, there is a whole community of home school kids, who self organize to have cultural experiences, nearly arts programs has been azed, quality of life is inextricably tied upwith the arts,

 

The middle ages, a Disney quality, every body has their problems, god knows the middle ages was a grim time to ligve, but we are getting at is something that is connected from all these time periods and all these cultures, susan cooper says an underground river of tradition, yeats through of traditional arts as the seed bed of all other arts,

 

The things that are tasteless, shallow, are simply dropped off because they are not in important to the community, one of the things, revels, that has preserved over the thousands of yearsa, the depth of winter, all sorts of feasts have gratvitiated to middle of dcember, shortest night of the year, that is not accidentall, a metaphor, ane emblem, people sayind, days are getting shorters, loet’s please make sure years turns around and things get better again, we know things have depth of dark and the light will come again, we think we are out side that the calendar,

 

 

Mark jaster revels, the 40th anniversary of the performance, I cam up from d.c. with two other performers, we are all playing the role, w e are the spirits of past ages of handen hall, I play the first duke of rutland, who lived in haden hall, we are advocating for the great part of the traditions,

 

The historical dates, when he became a duke in 1703, my daughter is playing a medieval fool, and then, my wife Sabrina is playing the maid, the general do all, the maid of the place, the working class figure representing the working folk of the hall,

 

This is the first Cambridge revels, I have done washignton revels since the mid 80s, my daughter who is now 26, she was there as an infant, my late wife was a director there, I have done it for many years in d.c. and a Philadelphia,

My late wife gail was a director in Washington, and in Portland, the revels community has been very important to me all along,

 

We love it, it celebrates great traditions and it serves a need to a community, the audiences of revels just love it, they count on its traditions, they get something out of revels

 

Paddy’s great and articulate that way, that specific function of the revels, it ties us into the big deep cycles that are way deeper than the latest technology, sun and moon and changing of the seasons,’

People siong and people get involved on behalf of different factions, I came to it from theater, I am an actor and performer, they needed a professional actor in the role, I stepped in, and it was difficult, it benefits from the professional acrtors, there is a volunteer chorus, large number people love to get together and sing,

 

Keeping it fresh, every time I do it, I have seen a different role, I have played the moon, a Shakespearean clown, a tinker, the major domo of an italian town, I have played sir Gawain, it is always different for me, I always appreciate what is going to be new, great old songs and poems and them ummers play,

Mark Jaster,

 

Sabrina mandell, wife, and daughter, emma jaster

 

 

 

 

2009
 
Dec. 17 -- Squawk Coffeehouse Winter Solstice
 
 
 
Nov. 7 -- Harvest Hafla, The Dancing Gypsy, Spencer, Mass.
 
Oct. 25 -- Beats for Beast, Middle East, Cambridge, Mass.
 
Oct. 18 -- Edgar Allan Poe Show, Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.
 
Oct. 15 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 19 -- Down The Silk Road, Roslindale, Mass.
 
 
 
March 28 -- Shimmies for A Cure, Somerville, Mass.
 
March 22 -- NBDA Spring Equinox, Salem, Mass.
 
March 5 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.
 
 
Feb. 21 - The Dancing Gypsy, Spencer, Mass.
 

2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





July 27 -- Benefit for George Perry, Dom Polski, Lowell, Mass.

June 20 -- Benefit for Descoteaux family, Lowell, Mass.

June 19 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 14 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Jan. 3 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

2007

Dec. 31 -- Worcester First Night, DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 11 -- Visions of the East, Kresge Theatre, MIT, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 7 -- Katia Showcase, Paulette's Studio, Newton, Mass.

Oct. 28 -- NBDA Halloween Hafla, Groveland, Mass.

Oct. 20 -- Bela Lugosi Birthday Bash, Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.*

Oct. 6 -- Cairo to Kerouac, with David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Sept. 13 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 26 -- Honor Our Heroes, Roslindale, Mass.

Aug. 9 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

July 5 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

June 24 -- Forest Fantasy Show, Audubon Sanctuary, Sutton, Mass.

June 7 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 18 -- Impromptu show with Doaa, Hilton Green, Alexandria, Egypt

April 12 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.


Feb. 1 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Jan. 4 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

2006

Dec. 31 -- Worcester First Night, DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 18 -- Worcester Cultural Festival, WPI Campus, Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 4 -- Holiday Hafla, Lawrence Elks, Lawrence, Mass.

Aug. 5 -- NBDA Member and Student Showcase, Georgetown, Mass.

April 22 -- Northeast Bellydance Association Showcase, Boston, Mass.

March 20 -- Katia Showcase, Sonesta Sun Goddess, Upper Egypt

 

2005

Dec. 31 -- Worcester First Night, WPI Campus, Worcester, Mass.

Dec. 15 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Dec. 11 -- Benefit, Stoneham Senior Center, Stoneham, Mass.

Dec. 10 -- Benefit, Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 10 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 5 -- NBDA Show, Montachusett High School, Fitchburg, Mass.

Oct. 23 -- Ghouls' Night Out, Caffe Paradiso, Lowell, Mass.*

Oct. 8 -- Cairo to Kerouac, with David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Sept. 25 -- Hurricane Katrina Benefit, Somerville, Mass.

Sept. 18 -- Casbah Days, Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, Rhode Island

Sept. 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 18 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

July 30 -- Katia Retreat Showcase, Lakeville, Mass.

July 7 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 19 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 18 -- Katia Showcase, Paulette's Studio, Newton, Mass.

May 7 -- Benefit Show, The Moving Company, Keene, N.H.

April 29 -- Dance of the Beloved, Blackbird Bookstore, Nashua, N.H.

April 14 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

March 24 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

March 23 -- Effendi, Cranston, Rhode Island

Marchh 6 -- Tsunami Benefit, Middle East, Cambridge, Mass.

Feb. 2 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Jan. 13 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

2004

Dec. 15 -- Katia of Boston Showcase, Paulette's Studio, Newton, Mass.

Oct. 24 -- Dance of the Beloved, Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.*

Oct. 9 -- Cairo to Kerouac, With David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 7 -- Multiple Sclerosis Benefit, Sons of Italy, Arlington, Mass.

July 31 -- Katia of Boston Retreat Showcase, Lowell, Mass.

July 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

June 30 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

June 10 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 30 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

May 26 -- Katia Showcase, Paulette's Studio, Newton, Mass.

May 14 -- Dance of the Beloved, Blackbird Bookstore, Nashua, N.H.

April 29 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

April 28 -- Middle East Restaurant, Lowell, Mass.

March 11 -- Dance of the Beloved, Squawk Coffeehouse, Cambridge, Mass.

March 4 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 18 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 15 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan. 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

2003

Dec. 28 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Dec. 18 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 10 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 28 -- Inner Limits, Watertown, Mass.

July 26 -- Katia of Boston Retreat Showcase, Lakeville, Mass.

July 7 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mass.

June 25 -- Katia of Boston Showcase, Paulette Studio, Newton, Mass.

June 1-- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

May 15 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

April 27 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 23 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 19 -- The Olde Worthen, Lowell, Mass.

April 5 -- The Olde Worthen, Lowell, Mass.

Jan. 8 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan. 2 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

2002

Dec. 18 -- Katia of Boston Showcase, Paulette Studio, Newton, Mass.

Dec. 11 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Dec. 5 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 17 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 14 -- Cena de Gracias, UMass Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 24 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 10 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 9 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 13 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 5 -- Cairo to Kerouac, With David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 22 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 21 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

July 28 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 14 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mas.

July 11 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

June 27 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Heritage State Park, Lowell, Mass.

June 26 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 18 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 14 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 6 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan. 16 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

 

 

2001

Oct. 7 -- Cairo to Kerouac, with David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Sept. 9 -- 2001: A Dance Odyssey, Middleborough, Mass.

July 29 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 15 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mass.

June 7 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

May 30 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

May 2 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 25 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 5 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

March 29 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

March 21 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Feb. 21 -- Dance of the Beloved, Borders Bookstore, Nashua, N.H.

Feb. 14 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

 

2000

Dec. 20 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 7 -- Cairo to Kerouac, With David Amram, Lowell, Mass.

Sept. 23 -- Dance of the Beloved, Festival of the East, Hempstead, N.Y.

Sept. 6 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 31 -- Dance of the Beloved, Larry Simon Poetry, Portsmouth, N.H.

Aug. 18 -- Dance of the Beloved, Huntington Historical Society, N.Y.

Aug. 2 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

July 23 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 16 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mass.

July 6 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Heritage State Park, Lowell, Mass.

April 6 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

 

1999

Aug. 11 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

July 29 -- Squawk Coffee House, Cambridge, Mass.

July 25 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 11 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mass.

July 7 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

June 26 -- Destination Downtown, Nashua, N.H.

June 2 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

May 5 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 29 -- Chelmsford Senior Center, Chelmsford, Mass.

April 8 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

April 7 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

March 28 --Beantown Zinetown, Mass. College of Art, Boston, Mass.

March 17 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Feb. 25 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 17 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

 

1998

Dec. 30 -- David 'Doc' Cote Holiday Event, Rennaissance, Nashua, N.H.

Dec. 9 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 20 -- Benefit for Indian Maiden Statue, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 6 -- Night of Women Poets, Phoenix, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 4 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 31 -- Brides of Frankenstein, Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.*

Oct. 25 -- With Zbeide's Harem, International Festival, Boston, Mass.

Oct. 22 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 15 -- Naked City Coffeehouse, Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 7 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Sept. 9 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 25 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Heritage State Park, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 12 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 11 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Heritage State Park, Lowell, Mass.

July 26 -- With Zbedie's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 25 -- Dance of the Beloved, Coffee Mill, Lowell, Mass.

July 24 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

July 18 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mas.

June 21 -- Dance of the Beloved, Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass.

June 20 -- Destination Downtown, Nashua, N.H.

June 3 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

May 6 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 19 -- Beantown Zinetown, Mass. College of Art, Boston

April 15  -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

April 4 -- Durgin Hall, UMass Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Nay 14 -- Naked City Coffee House, Cambridge, Mass.

March 18  -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

March 1 -- The Phoenix Coffeehouse, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan. 28 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan. 2 -- The Phoenix Coffeehouse, Cambridge, Mass.

 

1997

Dec. 10 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 22 -- Community Education, UMass Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 19 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 13 -- Parade of Nations, UMass Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 9 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Sept. 10 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Sept. 4 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Aug. 21 -- Naked City Coffeehouse, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 13 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Aug. 7 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

July 27 -- With Zbedie's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 23 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

July 20 -- With Zbeide's Harem, East End Club, Lowell, Mass.

June 14 -- Oasis, Quincy, Mass.

May 30 -- Oasis, Quincy, Mass.

May 1 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

April 3 -- Arabian Night, The Coffee Mill, Lowell, Mass.

Feb. 20 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

1996

Dec. 31 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Family First Night, Lowell, Mass.*

Nov. 21 -- Parade of Nations, U Mass Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Nov. 14 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 31 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

Oct. 19 -- With Zbeide's Harem, George Abdo Tribute, Everett, Mass.

Oct. 3 -- Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.*

Sept. 8 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

Sept. 4 -- Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.

July 7 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Za-Beth Showcase, Cambridge, Mass.

July 28 -- With Zbeide's Harem, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Mass.*

July 26 -- Folk Festival Friday Festivities, Lowell, Mass.

July 25 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

June 14 -- Relay of the Olympic Torch, Nashua, N.H.

May 16 -- Athenian Corner, Lowell, Mass.

 

1995

Dec. 31 -- I ring in the New Year -- and the start of my dance career -- with a performance at a New Year's Day open house, Lowell, Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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