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Magdala, with Xiomara Evans and Marni Rice

I met Xiomara and Marni, the creators of Magdala: Stories from the Net and the Sea, through Reverend Arelis Figueroa, one of the first people who supported my work with Mary Magdalene. Then a few months ago, they invited me to join them at La Maison d'Art in Harlem, where they presented Magdala: Stories from the Net and the Sea. It was amazing! These two ladies have constructed their own story about the Magdalene, using Bible references, text from the Gospel of Mary and their own interpretations of the life of Mary Magdalene to create a moving and colorful play, all to the sounds of Marni's accordion music compositions! Nothing beats a woman with an accordion!

Xiomara's dance and powerful presence transports us to the times of the Magdalene in Magdala. With minimal accessories and props, Xiomara becomes Mary Magdalene and Marni becomes Martha, and they take us on a journey through the Magdalene's path.

On July 22, the Mary Magdalene Celebration welcomes and celebrates these wonderful women and the play they have created. Xiomara and Marni will present the first act of the play, a play I hope you will enjoy as a full work in the future.

Join us on July 22 at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center to see the first act of Magdala: Stories from the Net and the Sea, and a full program of dance, song and art. RSVP at

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Tanya Torres  
Art for Love, Peace and Joy

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