BALAM Dance Theater Launches GARDEN OF LOVE IN MINIATURE at Gotham Early Music Scene’s Midtown Concerts

Bali’s vitality comes together with baroque music, dance and song in the BALAM Dance Theater (BALAM) premiere of Garden of Love in Miniature. The original and imaginative program will be presented live and virtually by Midtown Concerts, a Gotham Early Music Scene project, at the Church of the Transfiguration, located at 1 East 29th Street, New York, New York 10016, on Thursday, April 21 at from 1:15 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. EST.

The program is open to the public and admission is FREE. The live performance can also be viewed on April 21 on https://gemsny.org/midtown-live . The concert is dedicated to the memory of Gladys Isabel Fajardo Luhrs, a friend of BALAM, who enjoyed and appreciated classical music and dance during her life.

In this program, beautiful Baroque period costumes, a stunning wooden Balinese deer mask and hand-carved Balinese golden leather bird wings are presented on a stage. “BALAM Dance Theater’s feel-good program presents light-hearted entertainment in the spirit of the Baroque opera’s opening act, inspired by the theme of love, that will charm and enchant audiences. This show embodies the mysterious spirit of Balinese masked dance and fantastic wings with the bucolic delights presented by Baroque master painters François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard,” said Fittante.

BALAM, a New York-based non-profit professional dance theater company, offers a new vision of contemporary cultural dance by combining diverse dance styles from around the world and historical periods with ballet and modern dance. The company’s new program opens with the breathtaking Entree d’Apollo, a notated Baroque dance solo, circa 1701, performed by Baroque choreographer and dancer Carlos Fittante. balam dancer Yumiko Niimi performs a German, as a masked bird character, Fittante reappearing as a masked deer. Guest mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza makes her company debut as the fictional Madama Amorina, a famous Baroque actress visiting the Garden of Love to meet a secret admirer

BALAM musicians Lisa Terry of Parthenia Viol Consort play viola da gamba with Ryan Closs of 4&20 Strings and the Lute Society of America New York Chapter on therobo. Guest musicians Kenneth Hamrick of American Virtuosi on harpsichord and Dongmyung Ahn on baroque violin join the company.

This intimate and imaginative program features the exquisite music of Jean-Baptiste Lulythe Entry of Apollo by Jean-Henri d’Anglebert transcribed for solo harpsichord, the Royal Concerts: Concerts 1 and 2 by François Couperin and Sans Frayeur dans ce Bois by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Throughout the program, a recited text created by Fittante and Inma Heredia is talking.

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