FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joyce Luhrs, Publicist, 201-592-9126,
Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183
PRESS PREVIEW of
Ramayana-Abduction of Sita from Defining
--A Special Performance of BALAM Dance Theatre’s Signature Work--
-Celebrating the Company’s 30th Anniversary and Founder Islene
Pinder’s 80th Birthday--
What: PRESS PREVIEW of selected work Ramayana-Abduction of Sita,
BALAM’s newly revised signature work, to be performed at Lehman
College’s Lovinger Theatre on March 30.
Preview Date: Friday, March 27th, 12:45-1:30 p.m.- preview; 1:30-1:45
p.m.-Meet the Artists
Location: Dance Theatre Workshop-219 West 19 Street, 3rd Floor, Robbins
Studio, New York
Media RSVP: Confirmation is requested by March 25. Contact Joyce
Luhrs, Luhrs & Associates, 201-592-9216, with your confirmation.
(March 17, 2009--New York, NY)-- Members of the press are invited to
preview BALAM Dance Theatre’s (BALAM) upcoming performance of Defining
Diversity with its newly revised
rendition of Ramayana-Abduction of Sita, featuring the return of
Shelley Lynne Cummins, as the alluring and wicked Golden Deer, and the
reunion of BALAM’s superb original cast.
Ramayana-Abduction of Sita, inspired by the Hindu epic, offers a
cutting-edge fusion of Balinese, ballet, Baroque, Belly Dance and
karate movements. This prominent piece in BALAM’s new program, Defining
Diversity, launches BALAM’s
30th anniversary season.
Shelley Lynne Cummins, one of BALAM's beloved, original Ramayana cast
members, has returned to New York after a sabbatical in India and
Hawaii. Ms. Cummins brings insight into the archetype characters of
this epic story and has inspired new choreographic segments by BALAM’s
artistic director, Carlos Fittante.
The Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic written by the Hindu sage
Valmiki around 400 B.C., is a classic story told in literature, art and
dance throughout India and South East Asia. This classic story carries
a deeper message that illustrates polarity’s play of light and dark and
the eventual awakening of consciousness into the world of unity.
A Meet the Artists question and answer session will follow the
preview. BALAM’s directors, Islene Pinder and Carlos Fittante, and the
company’s dancers Toshinori Hamada, Robin Gilbert, and Shelley Lynne
Cummins will speak with the media.
Defining Diversity will be
presented free-of-charge at the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College on
March 30, 11-12:40 p.m. for the Freshman Year Initiative and is open to
Defining Diversity (Full Program)
Oleg Tambulilingan - An excerpt of a traditional female Balinese dance
featuring Nani Devi, BALAM's resident guest artist.
Tigerlily and the Dragonfly - A fantasy courtship on point inspired by
the Oleg Tambulilingan performed to original gamelan music by BALAM’s
ballerina Robin Gilbert and her dance partner Carlos Fittante.
Hip-Hop Hanuman (world premiere) - A playful super hero character
inspired from the Hindu epic Ramayana. This humorous masked solo
combines hip-hop, Balinese and ballet movements and was choreographed
by Carlos Fittante and dancer Aki
Caracoles Antiguos - A traditional Spanish dance representing the
transition from the earlier Escuela Bolera style to the emerging
Flamenco form. This solo is accompanied by castanets and is performed
in heeled shoes. Guest artist and co-director of Danzas Españolas,
Barbara Romero, will perform this piece.
Fandango Fantasy – A comedic duet between a dominatrix violinist and a
leather-clad matador featuring guest artist and Baroque violinist Leah
Haitian Myth and Village - Guest companies Kaleidoscope of Kultures
Dance Theater and the Harlem teen dance group Wadleigh Dance Ensemble
from the Wadleigh Secondary School for the
Performing & Visual Arts, two Afro-Caribbean dance and music
ensembles directed by Marcea Daiter, present a Haitian harvest dance.
Primordial Embers – A BALAM duet of frenzied fire gods featuring the
gamelan inspired jazz score Wayang IV by Anthony Davis, with BALAM’s
newest dancers Ana Wu and Harry Chen performing.
Ramayana-Abduction of Sita – A story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic
and BALAM’s signature work, this piece fuses Balinese, ballet, karate,
and belly dance movements. The featured dancers are BALAM’s definitive
cast of Toshinori Hamada, as Rahwana the evil demon; Shelley Lynne
Cummins, as the deceitful and seductive Golden Deer; Robin Gilbert, as
the beautiful princess Sita; and Carlos