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Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183
BALAM Dance Theatre Names World’s Only Flamenco Comedienne, Inma Heredia,
as Company’s First Resident Guest Actor
(June 9, 2010—New York, NY) --BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a New York City-based company that promotes a new vision of contemporary dance fusing ballet and modern with Balinese theatre and diverse cultural dance styles, announced today that the world’s only flamenco comedienne, Inma Heredia, has been named the company’s first Resident Guest Actor.
In March, she appeared as mistress of ceremonies and in a Spanish song/dance solo “Francisco Alegre” choreographed by artistic director Carlos Fittante in BALAM’s presentation of "Devas, Divas and Mortals", created specifically for the Freshman Year Initiative program at Lehman College. This was followed by her debut as resident guest actor in May in BALAM’s Commedia dell’Arte solo, “The Melon Peel”, an authentic period monologue reconstructed to choreography by Fittante for the La Lupa Festival in California.
“Ms. Heredia’s presence as a resident guest actor expands the scope of BALAM’s repertoire by allowing character driven roles and physical theatre to merge with the choreography. She has a visceral understanding of her roles and a natural ease connecting to an audience that blends perfectly with the types of productions we undertake,” said Fittante.
Born and raised in Seville, Spain, Ms. Heredia has salero, a distinctive charm and charisma, that endows her with broad appeal as a performer. She has trained at the London’s Stopgap Theatre Company, the Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices in Poland, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City, where she now resides.
As a special event entertainer, she has performed for industry luminaries, including Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Pedro Alomodovar; Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuarón; Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz; and actors Eve Ensler and Alfred Molina. Her concern for social justice has brought her to perform at the United Nations in the “Culture for Peace And Public Service Day.” Other hallmark performance venues include the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York and the Comedy Store in Hollywood, as well as hostess for the hit show, “Latinas Don’t P.M.S.” Some of her many television credits include appearing on Supercanal, Telemundo, Univision, HBO’s Latino “Habla” and “Habla Ya” campaigns, Comedy Central, and the 2001 and 2002 Latin Grammy Awards.
This summer, she will premiere her new one-woman show “My Audition for Almodóvar” written and directed by Alberto Ferreras in the NYC Summer Festival-Performing Arts Marathon 2010 by Teatro IATI. Currently, Ms. Heredia can be seen with acclaimed actor Louis Zorich in the award-winning film, “Run It”, by the Giovanis Brothers. For further information, go to http://www.inmaheredia.com
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.
Under the directorship of Spanish-American choreographer Carlos Fittante, BALAM’s fusion repertoire blends boldly divergent dance styles and movements, including ballet, Spanish, belly dance, Lester Horton, Baroque, Latin, hip-hop, 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, Bali and 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.