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February 1, 2010

Cabrillo College Presents 3rd Annual Evening of World Theatre & Dance
Mosaic Theatre Brings Middle Eastern Poetry and Tales from the Silk Road to Campus
Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 PM, Cabrillo Black Box Theater

Aptos, CA—Cabrillo College Theatre Arts presents the Third Annual Evening of World Theatre and Dance with Mosaic Theatre’s “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar” on February 20 in the Cabrillo Black Box Theater at 8:00 PM.

Prize-winning Tunisian actor, director and playwright Nabil Ghachem, teams up with dancer/choreographer Feliz Guarino to present a performance combining Middle-Eastern poetry, story-telling, theatre, music and dances from the Silk Road.

The drama begins when the lives of a poet and a gypsy dancer intersect at a train station. Stories are shared, recipes are exchanged, borders are falling and the train is leaving the station. A field guide to human emotions where identity is at the core, “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar” asks us to examine what constructs identity. “The show questions the meaning of rootedness and identity. Is it about the language one speaks? The books one reads? The passport one holds? The people and things we leave behind? This is an invitation to redefine boundaries and cross cultural divides,” explains Ghachem.

Mosaic Theatre’s performance will lift a veil on Arab poetry, showing diverse styles and themes by Arab and Arab-American poets which will be recited in both English as well as Arabic/Farsi, accompanied by Middle-Eastern rhythms and dances. “A lot of people are not aware that Arab-American arts and culture exist in the U.S. with a large body of work in theatre, poetry, music and visual arts, “ says Ghachem. “Thanks to Cabrillo College’s Evening of World Theatre and Dance, we can educate and raise awareness about other cultures.”

Ghachem grew up in a multi-ethnic family and received his theatrical training at the Brussels Theatre Academy. In Brussels, while working with the Cultural Center for the Arabian Arts, Ghachem co-founded the Arab Theatre Company. After working in Brussels, France, Tunisia, Romania, New York, and San Francisco, he founded Santa Cruz Mosaic Theatre which premiered “Cruz The East Theatre Festival” several years ago.

Dancer Feliz “Jalilah” Guarino has a background in ballet, tap, and gymnastics, but at a young age discovered her love for bellydancing. Guarino has been a part of the local bellydance community for over ten years and performances throughout the Bay Area.

What: Mosaic Theatre’s “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar”
When: Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 PM
Where: Cabrillo Black Box Theater, VAPA 4141, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Price: $15 general, $12 seniors/students, $10 w/student activity card
Tickets: 479-6331 or

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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