Karl Schaffer and Friends Present


Dances on peace, justice, culture and conflict in the Mideast

Event has passed (Fri Jun 21, 2013 - Sat Jun 22, 2013)
$13 - $18
City, Dance, Modern Dance


The 2011 preview of Mosaic was described by Stephen Zunes as the "most powerful on target creative effort I have ever witnessed on the issue" in the nearly 40 years he has spent "working actively on Israel/Palestine". In 2013, Karl Schaffer, Maria Basile, Saki and other well regarded area dancers will join forces with the women's a cappela choir Zambra and Fattah Abbou of the Moroccan fusion musical group AZA to cast an artistic light on the struggles, culture and politics of the Middle East, with a sharp focus on the conflicts between Palestine and Israel.
The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, which Karl co-directs, has received numerous grants from the NEA and other institutions for dance and choreography. Soloist Maria Basile was a nominee for the Isadora Duncan Award for best dance performance in the Bay Area; she performs with Limón West and sjDANCEco. Saki, Simon Harrison and Jane Real perform with Tandy Beal as well as Karl and other area dance companies.
Ann Simonton says "Karl is brilliant at combining exciting dance movement with information". Mosaic will include the premiere of Karl's latest solo choreography, performed by himself. The piece combines the personal and the political and is based on Karl's awakening to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict while he was growing up Jewish in the segregated Birmingham Alabama of the 1960's.

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131 Front Street Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA
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  1. Motion Pacific
    131 Front Street Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA