BALAM Dance Theatre
A new vision of contemporary dance
Carlos Fittante-Artistic Director, Islene Pinder-Founding Director
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Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183
BALAM Dance Theatre to Appear in Dance for Haiti Benefit at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
--Oleg Tambulilingan, A Scintillating, Balinese Dance Duet, to be Performed--
(March 14, 2010—New York, NY) — BALAM Dance Theatre’s (BALAM) Nani Devi, the company’s resident Balinese guest artist, and Carlos Fittante, artistic director, will perform Oleg Tambulilingan on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Dance For Haiti at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers (Chelsea Piers) in New York City.
The event, featuring Chelsea Piers’ instructors and members and local artists, will be held at the Chelsea Piers’ Studio A from 7:00-8:30 P.M. A $15 suggested donation admits one to the benefit and allows full access to the gym’s facilities. Contributions will be accepted at the front desk and on the day of the event, and the full proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief efforts.
BALAM is a unique New York dance ensemble that creates a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet and modern dance styles with Balinese theatre and diverse cultural movement styles from around the world. The company’s participation in the dance benefit is a part of its Out and About program, an effort to inspire, entertain, educate and rejuvenate the community through dance and the arts.
Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees) is a popular traditional dance in Bali, Indonesia performed at festivals and ceremonies. This scintillating courtship is a metaphor for nature’s law of attraction. The piece features the dynamic Gong Kebyar Gamelan, vibrantly colored, golden scrolled costumes and images of a male bumblebee fluttering a fan at the ankles of a queen bumblebee that gently shakes her hips and taunts with flashing eyes and flicks of her saffron colored silk wings.
Nani Devi, Resident Guest Artist
Nani Devi was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia and began dancing at the early age of ten. Ms. Devi specializes in and performs classical Balinese dance, as well as those from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi. Educated at the University of Indonesia, she has distinguished herself as a knowledgeable instructor in various dance traditions, having collaborated with many notable dance masters and performers throughout Indonesia.
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. In 1972, she settled in New York City performing and promoting Indonesian dance forms for the Ministry of Culture. She has performed throughout the world, including Russia, Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines, the United States, and in several Middle Eastern countries.
Location of Performance
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex is located at Pier 60, with the entrance to the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex located at Hudson River and West 23rd Street. For more information about Chelsea Piers, contact John Boyd, program manager, at 212-336-6052, or go to http://www.chelseapiers.com
The BALAM History
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.
In 1979, Islene Pinder, a Lehman College dance educator, founded the company and brought the mesmerizing Balinese dance theatre style to New York audiences. Under the directorship of Spanish-American choreographer Carlos Fittante, BALAM’s fusion repertoire blends boldly divergent dance styles and movements genres, including ballet, Spanish, Lester Horton, Baroque, belly dance, Latin, Hip-Hop, drag, 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.