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Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183BALAM Dance Theatre Launches Spring 2011 Season with BALAM Dance Theatre: From Bali to the Bronx
--A Free Performance Open to the Public –-
Co-presented by the Freshman Year Initiative and City and the Humanities at
Lehman College's Lovinger Theatre Thursday, April 28, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
(New York, New York—April 3, 2011) -- BALAM Dance Theatre: From Bali to the Bronx commences BALAM Dance Theatre’s (BALAM) spring 2011 season with a FREE performance on Thursday, April 28, 12:30-1:45 p.m. at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre. BALAM is a New York City-based company that offers a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles with Balinese theatre.
BALAM Dance Theatre: From Bali to the Bronx celebrates the arrival of spring and the company’s recent successful tour of Bali, Indonesia by creating a new program featuring the most popular works from BALAM’s Bali Tour 2010. Signature pieces highlighted on this program include Tigerlily and the Dragonfly, a fantasy courtship with BALAM’s principle dancer Robin Gilbert on point, and Ramayana-Abduction of Sita, an action packed story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic with Broadway ballerina Dianna Warren debuting as the alluring Golden Deer.
Toshinori Hamada’s dance trio, Sunda Upasunda, makes its New York premiere in the program. The mysterious masked work is inspired by a myth from the Mahabharata about two warrior brothers with guest belly dancer, Irina Akulenko, appearing as Tilottama in the role of the seductive celestial nymph. This compelling dance drama features a recording of an original contemporary gamelan score created and performed by the acclaimed Gamelan Semara Ratih of Ubud, Bali.
The captivating Nani Devi, BALAM’s resident Balinese guest artist, opens the program in an excerpt from the exhilarating traditional Balinese fan dance solo, Teruna Jaya (Young Winner), dancing in a vibrantly colored purple and golden scrolled Balinese costume to recorded gamelan music in the Gong Kebyar style, which means bursting into flames!
New company members, Olsi Gjeci and Atsushi Yahagi, make their debuts with the company in Primordial Embers, a tour de force duet representing powerful fire gods. This thrilling men’s duet combines the skills of partnering, street dancing, release technique, and Balinese dance performed to driving jazz orchestral music inspired by gamelan music.
This free performance, a part of BALAM’s community service Out & About series, is open to the public and co-presented by the Freshman Year Initiative and City and the Humanities at Lehman College. A question and answer session with the artists and the audience will conclude the program.
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.
Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard
(Take the D or 4 trains to Bedford Park Boulevard)
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For further information, please call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on the web at http://www.balamdance.org
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