Titanya Monique Dahlin
is the writer, director, choreographer, actor and co-producer of the Scheherazade production. This production has
been featured with live music in various formats in the United States and Canada to sold out audiences since 1993.
"As a story editor for Dino D'Laurentiis Productions for over twenty years, I am well qualified to tell you that
this is one of the most breathtaking and entertaining productions I have ever seen...and I have been all over the world!"
-Doris Cerea, Dino D'Laurentiis Productions
Arabian Nights Theatre Presentation Offers more
than the Children’s Story
Carlsbad, CaliforniaTitanya Monique Dahlin’s original dance and theater
production of Scheherazade –The Veil Behind the Blade returns to NorthCounty, San Diego for one showing at the Carlsbad Village Theatre on July 23.Dahlin, a local resident, actress, playwright and international dancer has offered her unique version of the 1001
Arabian Nights to the public since 1993 where it has been seen by audiences in Colorado, Oregon and Canada.
"This story has been told and enjoyed by children as a fairy tale for centuries," says Dahlin, "but I always
felt that there was a much more powerful underlying message.”
Dahlin continues, “In the fairytale of the 1001 Arabian Nights, the telling of the bloodshed
and abuse towards women were down-played and adapted for young children.I felt the underlying story was
never revealed.To me, the symbolism of the real cultural and gender imbalance in the Middle
East is the core of the story that needs to be told to America.The story’s heroine, Scheherazade is the perfect role model for women and oppressed people throughout
the world and bridges a very special understanding of the authentic beauty and traditions of the Middle Eastern culture.”
The story begins with the powerful King Shahariyar, who in his anger toward the betrayal of his wife, commands
a new bride to be brought to him each evening only to execute her the following morning. This cruelty and oppression toward
women continues for a period of three years until one courageous woman, Scheherazade, asks to be brought before him.
She avoids her own execution by mesmerizing him with her intelligence, wit, storytelling and dance. Her determination cures
him of his cruel ways and strengthens the position of women everywhere.Their relationship grows as a powerful
love story unfolds.
This two-hour production will feature live theatre, dance, drama, humor, sword-balancing, professional
magic and a myriad of beautiful veiled performers with authentic live music directed and performed by a very special guest, John Bilezikjian.Bilezikjian had the highlight of his career earlier this month
as a soloist at the Boston Pops Orchestra.The Oud is an ancient eleven-stringed Persian instrument dating back more than 2000 years that is performed with an
eagle’s quill.Bilezikjian has performed, taught and composed music with the
Oud for more than 46 years and he has filmed and recorded background music for over 50 television and motion
picture film soundtracks for such well-known titles as The Prince of Egypt, The Scorpion King and Schindler’s
International dancer, instructor and stage actress, Titanya
Monique Dahlin will perform a number of solo and group dance pieces. The additional cast will include Belly Dancer
of the Universe winner - Dondi Dahlin, MargueriteKusuhara who frequently mesmerizes audiences at the MagicCastle, Kamaal - winner of Mr. America of the Belly Dance,
the lovely women of dance troupes - Velvet Gypsy Tribal and Amarat, plus additional music and drums by Frank
Lazarro and Richard Steiger.
Date of Event: July 23, 2005 at at the Carlsbad Village Theatre
Tickets: $20 each available online, by mail or by calling (800) 457-4010 ext. 14
Location Address: Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State Street, Carlsbad, California92008
For Mature Audiences Only – More Information available at: www.VeilBehindTheBlade.com