BALAM Dance Theatre
A new vision of contemporary dance
Carlos Fittante-Artistic Director, Islene Pinder-Founding Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Luhrs & Associates Publicist, 201-592-9126
Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183
BALAM Dance Theatre Returns to Lehman College to Present "Devas, Divas and Mortals"[/b]
(New York, New York—March 13, 2010)--BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) returns to Lehman College with the performance, Devas, Divas and Mortals, Wednesday, March 24, 11-12:15 p.m. at Lovinger Theatre. Celebrating its 31st anniversary, BALAM, a New York City-based company, promotes a new vision of contemporary dance fusing ballet and modern with Balinese theatre and diverse cultural dance styles.
Inma Herredia, the featured guest artist and the event’s bilingual mistress of ceremonies, is a singer-dancer-entertainer from Seville, Spain. Ms. Herredia will entertain the audience with her unique personality as the event’s mistress of ceremonies and sing her new rendition of the popular Spanish song, "Francisco Alegre" (Frank Happy). Appearing in a flamenco bata de cola dress and using a large flamenco fan, she will dance to original, nontraditional pase doble choreography created by BALAM's Artist Director Carlos Fittante.
Ms. Herredia is recognized as the first and only flamenco comedienne in the world and has toured internationally bringing her one woman flamenco-comedy cabaret act, When Women Speak Up, to audiences around the world. Currently, she can be seen starring with Louis Zorich in the movie Run It, promos in Comedy Central, and in HBO's Latino "Habla Ya!".
BALAM’s resident guest artist, Nani Devi, will appear with BALAM's Artistic Director, Carlos Fittante, in an excerpt from the scintillating Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees). Appearing in golden scrolled and vibrantly colored Balinese costumes, they will dance to recorded gamelan music in the Gong Kebyar style.
Nani Devi was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia and specializes in and performs classical Balinese dance, as well as those from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi. Noted for dancing with a natural grace and sweet expression, she was selected by the Indonesian government to perform in the palaces of Bali for visiting heads of state. She has performed throughout the world, including Russia, Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines, the United States, and in several Middle Eastern countries.
Other prominent works to be performed include the mysterious, sensual Eden's Mandala, featuring BALAM’s ballerina, Robin Gilbert, and Mr. Fittante. Eden’s Mandala combines masks, point and adagio work with Balinese and Baroque dance styles to create a sensual duet in which a mythic couple journeys into Tantric bliss.
The third work features Wayang Blues, a duet that follows a bride’s and groom's descent into "happily ever after” set to recorded hits by blues legend Etta James with shadow puppets made by Agung Bagus from Ubud, Bali.
This free performance is open to the public and presented by the Freshman Year Initiative at Lehman College in conjunction with Phyllis Cash, Coordinator for Special Programs. 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.
•Oleg Tambulilingan - A scintillating traditional Balinese dance duet that features Nani Devi, BALAM's resident guest artist
•Eden’s Mandala – A sensual masked duet fusing Balinese and point adagio movement styles
•Francisco Alegre – A popular Spanish melody sung and danced by Inma Heredia, BALAM’s guest artist and mistress of ceremonies
•Wayang Blues – A comedic duet featuring shadow puppets and recorded blues music by Etta James
Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard
(Take the D or 4 trains to Bedford Park Boulevard)
(Publicity by Luhrs & Associates)
For further information, please call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on the web http://www.balamdance.org