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

2014 Calendar of Events

2014

Next Event



Saturday, November 29.  8 p.m. Sunday, November 30.  3 p.m.
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series
Double Bill:  La Serva Padrona; Livetta e Tracollo
BALAM's Carlos Fittante, dancer 
New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
www.bemf.org





Full Calendar 

Sunday, January 19.  5:30 p.m.
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)
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-360-3513
BALAM's Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante, guest dancers
Tickets: $30, $40, $60  

Saturday, February 1. 8 p.m. 
The Faces of Love
Puffin Cultural Forum
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 836-3499
Tickets: $10
Full company performance with guest artists

Sunday, February 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, Massachusetts 02138
Guest Baroque Dancers: Carlos Fittante, Caitlin Klinger

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 Avenue
Flushing, New York 11367

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

Sunday, May 11. 5 p.m.  
Chamber Music and Dance from 18th Century France
Folia-Entertainment 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 Avenue
New York, New York 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 Featured actors: Luca Bianchi as Arjuna and Livia de Bueno as Krishna 
Movement consultation provided by BALAM Dance Theatre.
Teatro LATEA in Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York, New Yrok 10002  
212-529-1948

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

Monday, June 2.  6 p.m.
Music concert by Anna Bogolyubova and Elias Guzman of New York Music and Arts Center Classical music presentation, featuring BALAM's Rhythm Bird performed by Carlos Fittante.
Symphony Space, Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025
212-864-5400.
Tickets: $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 of Japanese Samurai sword technique, French classical fencing, Noh Theatre dance, Baroque dance, and Spanish Escuela Bolera dance.
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
New York, New York 10002
212-219-0736 • www.dixonplace.org
Tickets: $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, New York 10023 • (212) 787-1178
Contact: Anahid Sofian Dance Company
sofiana@tiac.net • 212-741-2848 • www.anahidsofianstudio.com
Tickets: $35 advance purchase • $40 day of show

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

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 Workshop segment taught by Carlos Fittante. August 4-9.
The Marblehead School of Ballet
115 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945
Paula K. Shiff, Director
http://www.havetodance.com/marblehead/ 
Contact: 781-631-6262, msb@havetodance.com

Tuesday, September 23. 7 p.m.
Dances of Thrones
Exponential Ensemble
This performance can be viewed free via live video feed.
Guest dancer Carlos Fittante performs a minuet by Telemann, Bach's Bourree from the Cello Suite no.3, Message Home: A 9/11 Memorial, Chaconne de Phaeton
National Opera Center, Audition Recital Hall
330 7th Ave (29th St.) 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-8630 • www.operaamerica.org/indexNOC.aspx
Tickets:  $20 - adults / $10 - students & seniors

Friday, September 26. 1:30-3:20 p.m.  
Balinese dance masterclass.  (Closed to the public)
New York University Tisch School of the  Arts
715 Broadway, Blackbox Theatre
New York, New York 10003

4 Saturdays in October. 1-2 p.m. Balinese Dance Masterclasses with Nani Devi 
OPEN TO ALL. No previous experience necessary. 
October 4, 11, 18, 25
Keystone Studio, 252 West 30th St, Bell 4B
New York, New York
$15 per class

Saturday, October 18. 3 p.m. 
Broadway Meets Baroque in Washington Heights 
Holyrood Episcopal Church ~ Iglesia Santa Cruz, Parish Hall
FREE (Donations welcomed.)
715 W 179th Street, New York, New York 10033
(212) 923-3770

The program is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Saturday, November 1. 8 p.m. & Sunday, November 2. 3 p.m.
Tales from the Arabian Nights, FREE
Mosaic Dance Theatre
BALAM Dance Theatre's Carlos Fittante, guest artist
Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street 
Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
For reservations: 1-800-838-3006

Saturday, November 8. 8 p.m. 
THE BALL
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
33 Kaatsbaan Rd.
Tivoli, New York 12583
Tickets: $100. https://www.showclix.com/event/3850493

The Four Nations Ensemble with Diane Walsh, piano; Andrew Appel, harpsichord and director Guest Artists: Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fitante, dancers. 

Enjoy an afternoon of 18th and 19th century ballroom dances from Paris and Vienna and masterworks of keyboard music inspired by the gavotte, minuet, chaconne, landler, waltz, galop, and polonaise, with music by Bach, Couperin, Rameau, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy.
http://www.fournations.org/hudsonriver2014.htm

Friday, November 14. 9:30-12 p.m.
Physical Culture: Baroque Dance Performance & Lecture 
History of Costume I.  (Closed to the public)
New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY 10003

Saturday, November 29.  8 p.m. Sunday, November 30.  3 p.m.
BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Double Bill:  La Serva Padrona; Livetta e Tracollo
Carlos Fittante, Baroque commedia dancer 
New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Thursday – Saturday, December 4 – 6. 7 p.m. &

Sunday, December 7. 3 p.m.  
Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves: The Queens College Dance Concert
BALAM's new work, Jubilant Blossoms
Goldstein Theatre
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, New York 11367-1597
Box Office: Phone: 718-793-8080 / Mon. - Fri.: 12 Noon - 6 PM
Information Hotline: 718-997-3075
Tickets $10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission

Friday-Sunday, December 12-14. 3 & 7 p.m.
The Christmas Show 
St. George Theatre
35 Haytt Street
Staten Island 10301
Friday, December 12. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13. 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 14. 3:00 p.m. & *7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $30, $20, $10

*Sunday night special: All tickets $20 or $10
Tickets: http://http://bit.ly/1uuac54

Monday, December 29.  6:00 p.m.
Bishop Martinez's Codex II: Baroque Peruvian Music and Dance
The Bishop's Band
Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place
New York, New York 10006

http://bit.ly/1F7OqXc



2015
Sunday, March 22.  2 p.m.  
(Program to be determined.)
Fort Lee Public Library
320 Main Street 
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
FREE 


Spotlight: Queens College Dance Students

Meet the students performing BALAM Dance Theatre's new Balinese dance fusion piece, Jubilant Blossoms, in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.  See them perform this exquisite new work Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7.

Justine Rodriguez
Major: Dance
Year in college: Senior
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
Modern, Ballroom, Caribbean, West African, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical














"I enjoy the Balinese piece because it's very different from the norm I'm used to...When I use the fan and sarongs, it reminds me of a flower blossoming... and the head movements remind me of a flower, when they move side to side from the wind."  

Maria Gueros
Major:  Accounting  Minor: Business and Liberal Arts, an honors program  
Year in College: Senior (final semester)
Previous dance experience:
Tap; ballet; Spanish dances, such as Sevillanas, Tango and Salsa; 
Japanese Noh, English Country Dance; and with a group of 
 students, choreographed a Belly Dance fusion piece. 



















“It’s an exciting experience to learn the ancient traditional dance of another culture. I love working with dainty fans and elegant sarongs. They were a little tricky learning to maneuver at first, but they are my favorite part of the dance. They add an air of alluring and enigmatic beauty. I feel the music invites you to dance through its rich elements of chiming bells, xylophones and flutes…This experience is a dream come true."

Marcia M. Francis
Major:  Dance
Year in College: Senior                      
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
African, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap

















"To me, to dance as a flower feels very delicate.  To be honest, it gives me a sense of pride and humility at the same time.  It makes me feel beautiful, as if I presented to the world… I find the posture, the stance, the curvature the spine, and the positioning of the feet a challenge because the Balinese dance positions are different."

Ariana Spinelli
Majors: Dance, Spanish, Secondary Education
Year in college: Junior
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre,  
Hip Hop, Modern, Limón Technique, Flamenco 



















 “Knowing that I am a flower, makes me feel sweet and pretty, and the movements compliment this image very nicely…This experience helps strengthen my appreciation for culture, especially culture in which I had no knowledge of beforehand.” 

 Performance Dates

Thursday, December 4 -Saturday, December 6. 7 p.m
Sunday, Decemberat 3 p.m

Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts

65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, New York 11367-1597

$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission

Bali Comes to Queens with Jubilant Blossoms

Bali comes to Queens in BALAM Dance Theatre's new choreographed piece, Jubilant Blossoms.  Don't miss its premiere in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves directed by Professor Edisa Weeks.  This 60-minute faculty and guest faculty program showcases modern, contemporary Chinese, South African, and Balinese inspired new works, along with live music.   

Based on Traditional Balinese Dance


Jubilant Blossoms, performed by a female dance quintet, features S curved bodies, darting eyes, and fluttering fans. The inspiration of this new work came from the traditional Balinese dance Kembang GirangQueens College students Marcia Francis, Maria Gueros, Diane Kissoon, Justine Rodriguez, and Ariana Spinelli (pictured above) will perform this original choreography with Yowana Sari, the Queens College gamelan ensemble under the direction of Professor Michael Lipsey.

"I enjoy the Balinese piece because it's very different from the norm I'm used to...When I use the fan and sarongs, it reminds me of a flower blossoming... and the head movements remind me of a flower, when they move side to side from the wind."  

-- Justine Rodriguez, a senior and dance major at Queens College

For several weeks, the dancers have been learning the Balinese dance technique in the class with Carlos Fittante.  They have become acquainted with and enjoyed Professor Megan Healey's original costume design, inspired by the lively colors of the frangipani tree blossoms, capturing the Balinese love of glamour!


Jubilant Blossoms to Premiere in December


Mark your calendars and join us for the premiere of Jubilant Blossoms in Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.

Thursday, December - Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, Decemberat 3 p.m
Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, New York 11367-1597
$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission



It's Happening! Broadway Meets Baroque: A Don Quixote for Washington Heights Choir School




BALAM Dance Theatre presents a new program, Broadway Meets Baroque in Washington Heights, on Saturday, October 18, 3:00 p.m., at Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz, located at 715 West 179th Street, in New York City.  The performance is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome and appreciated.

This performance, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, celebrates Hispanic Heritage and National Arts & Humanities Months and is the culmination of BALAM’s imaginative workshop A Don Quixote for the Washington Heights Choir School.  The customized workshop series was launched in September free-of-charge for the children of the Washington Heights community attending Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz' nondenominational after school program.  The school is under the direction of Loraine Enlow.

The children will perform a Spanish inspired minuet alongside BALAM’s artists.  They will enact a fencing academy and the masked fantasy characters of birds and wolves encountered on Don Quixote’s journey.  

Artists Announced


Featured in the performance are BALAM’s principal ballerina Robin Gilbert and artistic director Carlos Fittante in Folia: A Spanish Baroque Fantasy and Barbara Romero dancing a 19th century Spanish Escuela Bolera solo.  Guest artists performing in the new program are Broadway actor and singer Mauricio Villalobos, as the bilingual English- and Spanish-language Don Quixote figure, and composer and musician Elias Guzman playing an assortment of classic favorites, ranging from the 17th century to Broadway tunes, on the guitar and keyboard.

The workshop series, A Don Quixote for Washington Heights Choir School, and the performance are made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Balinese Dance Masterclasses in October with Nani Devi

BALAM's Resident Balinese Artist Nani Devi is teaching Balinese dance masterclasses every Saturday in October from 1-2 p.m.  Classes are only $15.  Enroll for all four classes or drop in try a single lesson.

Keystone Studio, 252 West 30th Street, Bell 4B, New York, New York.

Please call 646-361-9183 to notify BALAM if you plan to attend.

(Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero)

BALAM's 2014 Balinese Dance Masterclass at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

"Every year, without fail, I have Carlos Fittante come to teach a Master Class in Balinese dance to my students at Tisch Dance, NYU.  He performs for them in full regalia, then dresses them in sarongs, introduces them to the technique, and gives them the opportunity to work with the unique masks he has collected from his trips to Bali over the years.  The breadth and exposure they receive from Carlos in that 90 minutes is a remarkable gift of education that could never be gleaned from a book or film.  They come away enriched by his talent and deep knowledge of Balinese dance and culture."
- Patricia Beaman, Adjunct Instructor, Dance History, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

BALAM Celebrates 35th Anniversary in 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

Broadway Meets Baroque in Washington Heights

BALAM Awarded Grant to Create New Spanish Baroque Program

 BALAM Dance Theatre has been awarded a grant from the Fund for Creative Communities.  The grant will provide the ensemble dance company with seed money to present an imaginative Spanish Baroque dance workshop series and a performance in Washington Heights, New York for the community to experience and engage with the arts. 

BALAM will create a workshop and new program, A Don Quixote for the Washington Heights Choir School, a non-denominational after school program.  Inspired by the classic novel, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the children’s workshop series will run from September 18 through October 17 and be offered free-of-charge to the students attending the institution.       


Baroque Dance Lessons 


They will receive Baroque dance lessons complementing their current Baroque music lessons at Washington Heights Choir School and dance and act in a finale performance with BALAM's artists on October 18.  In the workshop, students will learn period fencing, perform the dances sarabande and bourree, and get acquainted with grotesque masks in the commedia dell'arte style. 

 Featured Guest Artists


The program will feature BALAM’s artists and guest artist Broadway actor and singer Mauricio Villalobos, as the bilingual English and Spanish narrator and Don Quixote figure, and Elias Guzman performing on the vihuela.  



Photo: Robin Gilbert in Folia.  Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero.
   
The performance will be presented on October 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Holyrood Episcopal Church -- Iglesia Santa Cruz, located at 715 West 179th Street, in New York City.  The unique program will be free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome and appreciated. 

"This award enables BALAM to introduce and serve children and families from the vibrant Washington Heights community to Baroque music and dance and our eclectic programming," said Carlos Fittante, artistic director, BALAM Dance Theatre.       

The program, A Don Quixote for Washington Heights Choir School, is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Thank You from the Children of Hunter, NY

BALAM received accolades for its second residency workshop and performance, Discover the Splendors of Spain, presented at Hunter Elementary School in Hunter, New York in July.  

Twenty children, ages 4-11, experienced a diversity of Spanish dance styles.  They performed the courtly Pavana with live music, as well as the Sevillanas and Escuela Bolera dances.  They were intrigued with the lesson about the bullfight and enjoyed the bilingual songs performed by BALAM’s host, Inma Heredia.