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 Post subject: BALAM Premiere Captivating Rhythms: Dances of Bali & Spain
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:48 pm 

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BALAM Dance Theatre to Premiere Captivating Rhythms: Dances of Bali & Spain in Fort Lee, New Jersey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Luhrs & Associates
201-592-9126, luhrsassocpress [at]

(Bergen County, New Jersey; January 23, 2013) – BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Captivating Rhythms: Dances of Bali & Spain, a new educational dance presentation featuring Balinese and Spanish Escuela Bolera dances. This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to the public. For further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615.

The New York City-based company offers a new vision of contemporary dance by combining ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world with Balinese theatre. This latest cross-cultural program features BALAM’s resident Balinese guest artist, Nani Devi; resident guest actor, Inma Heredia, the world’s first and only flamenco stand-up comedian; and guest artist Isabel Soler, co-artistic director of Danzas Españolas. Performers will dance in beautiful, vibrantly colored traditional costumes.

The New Jersey audience will be entertained with the Balinese dances Panyembrama, a welcome dance, and Margapati, a dance representing the character of the king of the jungle that is performed by a woman. The program presents the rarely seen Spanish dances Caracoles Antiguos, Jaleo de Jerez and Seguidillas Manchegas. Heredia, graced with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic charm and humor, will host the program and add to this eclectic mix performing popular Spanish songs.

An educational video, Isle of Bali, created and narrated 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. The audience will be invited to participate in lessons in Balinese dance and Spanish palmas (rhythmic handclapping).

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world. Through its Out & About series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on its blog,, follow the company on Facebook, and check for updates on Twitter [url]@BALAMDance[/url].


File comment: BALAM Dance Theatre’s Nani Devi. Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger
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File comment: Inma Heredia in Francisco Alegre. Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger
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