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 Post subject: BALAM to Perform Enchanted Forest Dances in Central Park
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:52 pm 

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Contact: Luhrs & Associates, 201-592-9126, luhrsassocpress [at]
Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183

-Enchanted Forest Dances-

A Nature Themed Program of Rarely Seen Balinese and Spanish Dances
Presented by The Central Park Conservancy

(New York, New York; September 7, 2013)--BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) will present on Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in Central Park on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 12-1:15 p.m. the vibrant, new program Enchanted Forest Dances, a dance performance showcasing Balinese, Spanish Escuela Bolera dances and original fused pieces. This family friendly program, created for the Central Park Conservancy’s series A Clearing in the Forest, includes a brief lesson of Balinese and Spanish dances for the audience. The program is free and open to the public.

Enchanted Forest Dances offers a whimsical array of diverse cultural dance styles from around the world fused with Balinese theatre. The program features the dazzling Balinese dance duet Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees) performed by the company’s resident Balinese guest artist Nani Devi, a native of Indonesia, and artistic director Carlos Fittante.

The program’s eclectic repertoire also includes La-Tinita, a humorous masked solo choreographed to the Latin music hit Piel de Canela to be performed by principal ballerina Robin Gilbert to a classic cha-cha-cha, and Una Paloma Blanca, sung by BALAM’s resident guest actor and the world’s first and only Flamenco comedian Inma Heredia. Other pieces to be performed include La Madrileña, a charming 19th century Spanish theatrical dance with Barbara Romero of Danzas Españolas, and BALAM’s signature work, Ramayana-Abduction of Sita, an action packed story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic blending Balinese and diverse movement styles, performed by the entire company.

About BALAM Dance Theatre

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. 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 online,, follow the company on Facebook at http://www.facebook/balamdancetheatre, and check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance.

About Central Park Conservancy

The Central Park Conservancy's mission is to restore, manage, and preserve Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City of New York, the Conservancy has invested more than $450 million to date into the Park making it a model for urban parks worldwide. The Conservancy provides 85% of Central Park's $27 million annual operating budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on the Conservancy, visit


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