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(Wantagh, N.Y.; April 2, 2012) – BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a nonprofit dance theatre company, will present Dynastic Beauty: An Introduction to Balinese Dance & Culture at Temple B'nai Torah, located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh, N.Y., on Monday, April 16 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. This event is presented by Cantor Steve Sher and the Chai Club’s program, "Adventures in Music", and is open to the public. A $3 contribution is requested to cover the cost of a light lunch served at the conclusion of the program.
BALAM, a New York City-based company, offers a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles with Balinese theatre. Dynastic Beauty features Nani Devi, BALAM’s Resident Balinese Guest Artist, and Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, presenting a live dance performance of three traditional Balinese choreographies accompanied by an original video on Balinese culture with recorded narration by BALAM’s founding director, Islene Pinder.
The three quintessential Balinese dances -- “Pendet” (welcome dance), “Baris” (warrior dance), and “Oleg Tambulilingan” (love dance of the bumblebees) -- in this program present the male, female and androgynous movement patterns seen in Balinese dance. Mythic characters are represented in vibrantly colored, golden scrolled costumes dancing to the scintillating sound of gamelan music by the world renowned Sanggar Semara Ratih of Ubud, Bali.
An educational video created by BALAM’s founding director, Islene Pinder, will present exclusive footage of Balinese daily life, providing a cultural context for the dances seen in the performance.
Carlos Fittante specializes in Balinese and Baroque dance styles and performs as a guest artist in Baroque opera throughout the world. In 2010, he toured with BALAM throughout the island of Bali and undertook 10 performances with the Sangar Semara Ratih. He is a graduate of the School of American Ballet and has performed extensively with many ballet companies. A certified yoga teacher, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Empire State College and currently teaches as a guest lecturer at Queens College in New York.
Nani Devi, BALAM Resident Balinese Guest Artist, was born in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. Ms. Devi began dancing at an early age and quickly distinguished herself with her natural grace and musicality. She specializes in classical Balinese dance, as well as those from Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi and was selected by the Indonesian government to perform as a cultural ambassador around the world.
The BALAM History
BALAM offers a new vision of contemporary dance that emanates from a cutting-edge fusion of diverse cultural dance styles and movement techniques. The company’s fusion repertoire presents an opulent dance theatre that blends contemporary choreography, eclectic music, striking masks, imaginative props, and vibrant costumes to create a performance that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
In 1979, Islene Pinder, a Lehman College dance educator, founded the company and brought the mesmerizing Balinese dance theatre style to New York audiences. Under the directorship of Spanish-American choreographer Carlos Fittante, BALAM’s repertoire blends boldly divergent movements genres, including ballet, Spanish, Lester Horton, Baroque, Latin, Hip-Hop, drag, Noh, and karate, as well as Balinese.
BALAM has been featured at several distinguished festivals and venues, such as First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; La Mama Experimental Theatre, New York, New York; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, Massachusetts, and many others. The company has also appeared internationally at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, and in 2010, toured throughout the island and presented 10 performances with the Sanggar Semara Ratih. The company also performed in the 2nd Encuentro Internacíonal de Danza Contemporánea in Cancún, Mexico.
The company’s work has received critical recognition from the New York Times and Village Voice. The Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York have highly commended its performances.
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