Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

BALAM Celebrates 35th Anniversary Season, 1979 - 2014



“When I saw the Balinese perform, I was impressed by the glorious theatricality and richness, the involvement of the Balinese in their theatre.  It transported me!" exclaimed Islene Pinder in an interview with Ling Ong in 1984.

This year, BALAM Dance Theatre celebrates its 35th anniversary.  Founding Director Islene Pinder formed the company in 1979 to educate, delight and transport audiences with performances of cross-cultural work, especially the scintillating dances of Bali.  BALAM proudly continues her vision and now brings an expanded diversity of world dance styles and time periods to communities at the grassroots level.  This unique programming opens minds and changes lives! 

Photo: Islene Pinder in 1987


2014 Calendar of Events

2014

Next Event



Monday- Saturday, July 28 - August 2. 10 a.m - 8 p.m. (workshop registration required)
Virile Elegance, Baroque dance masterclass as a component to The Small-Sword Academy
Martinez Academy of Arms, Levels 1 & 2,
Pope John Paul Community Center, 4206 Kennedy Blvd, Union City, New Jersey 07087.  For more information go to http://www.martinez-destreza.com/small_sword#instructors.

Full Calendar 

Sunday, January 19.  5:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, $40, $60  
 The Baroque in the New and the Old World: Venid Deidades
(a Peruvian Baroque opera by E. Ponce de Leon, 1745)
Teatro Lirico of DC (www.teatroliricodc.com) • 202-360-3513
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante, guest dancers

Saturday, February 1. 8 p.m. Love Fantasies, $10
Puffin Cultural Forum
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 836-3499
Full company performance with guest artists

Sunday, Februray 9.  3 p.m. $20 suggested donation
Baroque Groove: Ground Basses - Chaconnes & Passacailles
Cambridge Concentus
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational United Church of Christ
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Carlos Fittante, Caitlin Klinger, guest Baroque dancers

Tuesday, March 18. 7 p.m. Clarion Society Masked Ball (Invitation only)
BALAM guest entertainment and dance lesson

Thursday, April 3.  2 p.m. Romantic Rhythms of Spain
Hellenic Women’s Club
Knickerbocker Country Club
188 Knickerbocker Road
Tenafly, New Jersey 07670

Tuesday, April 29. 7:30 p.m., New Music and Choreography Concert 
Queens College New Music Group, BALAM, Yowana Sari Gamelan Ensemble
LeFrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copeland School of Music
Reeves Ave, Flushing, New York 11367

Friday, May 2.  2 p.m. Captivating Rhythms
5 Star Premier Residence of Teaneck
655 Pomander Walk, Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-836-3634

Sunday, May 11. 5 p.m. Chamber Music and Dance from 18th Century France
Folia-Entertainments of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Leah Gale Nelson, Baroque violin, Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante, dancers
Church of Our Saviour's Atonement (MOSA Series)
178 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040
212-923-5757

Thursday-Sunday, May 22-June 8, DHRAMA:The Remarkable Dialogue Between Krishna and Arjuna, a one hour play written by famed Brazilian playwright/screenwriter/director João Falcão, featuring actors Luca Bianchi as Arjuna and Livia de Bueno as Krishna with movement consultation by BALAM.
Teatro LATEA in Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, 
107 Suffolk Street, NYC 10002, (212) 529-1948

Monday, May 26.  9 p.m. FREE
BALAM's Toshinori Hamada performs in The History Channel's new miniseries, The World Wars.

Monday, June 2.  6 p.m.
Music concert by Anna Bogolyubova and Elias Guzman of New York Music and Arts Center performing classical music, featuring BALAM's Rhythm Bird performed by Carlos Fittante.
Symphony Space, Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
212-864-5400.
$15-adults • $10-children

Tuesday, June 3.  7:30 p.m.
Dixon Place presents Moving Men with BALAM's
The Dancing Warrior: Iaido, Apollon, Senamori, El Vito
BALAM's Toshinori Hamada and Carlos Fittante collaborate on a new program of traditional dances and martial training forms, including Japanese Samurai sword technique, French classical fencing, Noh Theatre dance, Baroque dance, and Spanish Escuela Bolera dance.
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002
212-219-0736 • www.dixonplace.org
$15-door • $12-advance purchase • $10-students and seniors

Saturday, June 28.  8 p.m. & Sunday, June 29.  3 p.m.
Anahid Sofian Dance Company 35th Anniversary Season
Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante, guest artists in Ma’na.
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th St.
New York, NY 10023 • (212) 787-1178
To contact Anhid Sofian Dance Company,
sofiana@tiac.net • 212-741-2848 • www.anahidsofianstudio.com
$35 advance purchase • $40 day of show

Friday, July 11. 11-12 p.m.  FREE
Discover the Splendors of Spain
(cumulative performance from a summer enrichment residency)
Hunter Elementary School auditorium
7794 Main St
Hunter, NY

Monday- Saturday, July 28 - August 2. 10 a.m - 8 p.m. (workshop registration required)
Virile Elegance, Baroque dance masterclass as a component to The Small-Sword Academy
Martinez Academy of Arms, Levels 1 & 2,
Pope John Paul Community Center, 4206 Kennedy Blvd, Union City, New Jersey 07087.  For more information go to http://www.martinez-destreza.com/small_sword#instructors.



July 21 – August 9. 9 – 5 p.m. (Registration required)
Marblehead School of Ballet 2014 Ballet Summer Intensive
BALAM's Baroque Dance Worskshop segment taught by Carlos Fittante. August 4-9.
The Marblehead School of Ballet
115 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
Paula K. Shiff, Director
 msb@havetodance.com

Thursday, September 23. 7 p.m., Dance of Thrones
Exponential Ensemble (Pascal Archer, Artistic Director)
Carlos Fittante, Guest Dancer
National Opera Center, Audition Recital Hall
330 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-8630 • www.operaamerica.org/indexNOC.aspx

Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m., BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Carlos Fittante, guest dancer in program TBA
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA 02115
www.bemf.org

Friday-Sunday, December 12-14. The Christmas Show (dates to be announced)
St Georges Theatre
35 Haytt St, Staten Island 10301

2015
Sunday, March 22.  2 p.m., (program to be determined)
Fort Lee Public Library. 
320 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Saraswati's Forum

 BALAM is launching Saraswati’s Forum, an extensive archival project to transfer digitally and catalog  founding director Islene Piunder's exclusive archive of films, videos, slides, audio cassette interviews on Balinese Dance and culture.

This vital project will assure all future company members and guest artists will be inspired and informed by this exclusive body of information.  It also guarantees the community will continue to benefit from these sources which motivate many of BALAM's customized programs that target schools, libraries, churches and temples, and community centers.





To sample a1988 audio interview from Ms. Pinder's library, click Isene and also see the accompanying 90 second slideshow that offers 2 photographs taken in Bali of her signature dance roles, Jauk and Spirit Window.




(In 1984 Islene Pinder commissioned several original masks for BALAM's repertoire from the award winning mask maker, Ida Bgus Anom.  These masks are still in use!)

We need your help to secure these precious library resources for the future.  Use the secure PayPal link on BALAM’s blog to make an electronic donation.  (Click the Donate button found in the upper right-hand corner).

Send your check payable to BALAM Dance Theatre in an envelope addressed to:

BALAM Dance Theatre
319 West 18th St., Apt. 4C
New York, NY 10011

Please join us now in continuing Ms. Pinder's legacy and BALAM's work in local communities around the globe.  Your donation in any amount will help us accomplish this essential archival project! 

BALAM Brings Second Summer Enrichment Residency to Hunter, New York


BALAM presents Discover the Splendors of Spain, a free performance and Spanish dance workshop, for fifty children, ages four through twelve, from the Hunter-Tannersville community in upstate New York.    

This summer enrichment residency from July 7-11 will culminate with a program featuring the children performing their own bullfighting skits, alongside BALAM’s Inma Heredia as the hostess.  BALAM's Barbara Romero and Artistic Director Carlos Fittante will perform Spanish dances, including Pavana, a courtly piece from the 17th century, and the joyful Sevillanas.




The show is open to the public and will be presented on Friday, July 11, 
11 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Hunter Elementary School Auditorium located at 7794 Main Street in Hunter, New York.

The program is provided through the Catskill Mountain Foundation Performing Arts Program at the Hunter-Tannersville Summer School Program with funding received in part through the New York State Council for the Arts and Friends of BALAM Dance Theatre. 


 (Photo: Julie Lemberger)

BALAM Boutique Sale

Enjoy or gift a beautiful, handmade silk scarf for any occasion for only $20 (plus $5 for standard postage and handling) from BALAM's Boutique.



"These are unique, handmade scarves. The design and pattern is slightly different in each scarf.  They are a special gift to give someone."    --BALAM donor

Each scarf is a handmade work of art measuring 59” long x 13.5” wide.  Look good, and feel good because your gift giving counts twice!

Each scarf purchased helps raise much needed funds for BALAM Dance Theatre in 2014.






 (Photo: Julie Lemberger)

Our jewel tone collection includes scarves in pink, orange, red, green, yellow, blue, purple and black.

Place your order through our secure Paypal link by clicking our donate button, or send a check made out to BALAM Dance Theatre to our office:

BALAM Dance Theatre • 319 West 18th St, Apt 4C • New York, NY 10011

Be sure to include your color preference and mailing address with your order.  If you have any questions or require further information, contact us at balamdancetheatre@gmail.com.










(Photo: Jimmy Raye)