La Petenera: The Sephardic Connection

by Press Release--Dante Hall Theater of the Arts | Oct 20, 2008
La Petenera: The Sephardic Connection Dante Hall presents Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre’s critically acclaimed La Petenera: The Sephardic Connection on Saturday, November 1st at 8pm. The Sephardic Connection, described by the Star Ledger’s Robert Johnson (2006) as having “great excitement” and featured in May 2008 on NJN Public Television’s program Images/Imagenes, recreates the interaction of Spanish and Sephardic Jewish cultural traditions that existed in Spain in the 15th century when Sephardic Jewish, Christian and Moorish populations co-existed, by telling the story of a Sephardic Jewish family living in Cordoba, Spain in 1492, and their subsequent exodus to a Sephardic settlement in Turkey. This compelling and visually exciting production emphasizes the peaceful and productive coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims prior to 1492, which still has profound relevance today. Featuring the entire Alborada Company, with guest artists Daughters of Sophia Tribal Dance Troupe and Ramzi El Edlibi, who will perform dance forms in the Sephardic style. Cantorial singer Laurie Fechter sings Ladino songs – the traditional Sephardic Jewish/Spanish dialect. Guest Sephardic musicians The Noga Group bring traditional Sephardic Jewish music. Experience the powerful story of the Sephardim and see why La Gata of Flamenco Buzz (2006) said: “I’d like to see this again and again”!

La Petenera: The Sephardic Connection
Saturday, November 1st at 8:00pm
Tickets: $20.00
Call 609-344-8877or visit

Funding for this program has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through the Local Arts Grant Program administered by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Dante Hall Theater of the Arts is an intimate performing arts center that is committed to producing diverse and vital artistic and educational programs for audiences in Atlantic City and the surrounding region. Dante Hall Theater of the Arts is located adjacent to St. Michael’s Church in the heart of Atlantic City’s “Ducktown” neighborhood at 14 North Mississippi Avenue (between Arctic and Atlantic Avenues). For more information visit

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