BALAM Dance Theater will join the Putnam County Dance Project for TAKING FLIGHT this month

BALAM Dance Theater (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theater company, once again joins the Putnam County Dance Project (PCDP) in a revival performance of Taking Flight, an afternoon of modern and cultural dances, Saturday, September 24 at 4 p.m. The show will be performed at Arts on the Lake, 640 NY-52, Carmel Hamlet in New York 10512. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets ranging from $5 to $30, with free seats, can be purchased. online at®id=84&

This family-friendly show held along the beautiful Hudson River in eastern Putnam County, New York celebrates cultures and dreams. The program highlights the true story of a woman’s journey from refugee to record-breaking pilot and global ambassador for STEM education.

BALAM Dance Theatre’s cultural dances, specially curated for this program, feature Balinese, French and Spanish techniques. They include the shimmering Balinese dance duo, Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees), performed by Balinese BALAM artist Nani Devi, and the 19th century Spanish Escuela Bolera duo, Pandaderos de la Flamenca, with artistic director of BALAM, Carlos Fittante, and Spanish dance. specialist Barbara Romero. In the final piece, Fandango (circa 1786), Fittante performs his choreography fusing French Baroque and Spanish Escuela Bolera dance techniques accompanied by period musician Ryan Closs on Baroque guitar live.

Inspired by “Fly Girl Fly”, a children’s biographical book written by Nancy Roe Pimm, this program references the true story of Shaesta Waiz, who grows from a small child fleeing Afghanistan to become an inspirational American pilot flying solo on five continents around the world. A role model for young people around the world, Waiz’s remarkable achievements inspire young people around the world, and especially girls, to pursue their education and their own dreams.

Other guest dancers from New York will present dances from around the world, including West Africa, Argentina, Bali, Egypt, India, Israel and Japan. Salma Khowaja, a local Putnam County resident of Afghan descent, trained the PCDP dancers in some traditional steps of the “Attan” dance and helped them create their own performance version of this national dance of Afghanistan. .

About BALAM Dance Theater

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theater offers a new vision of contemporary dance rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills and movement techniques from around the world and eras are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks , vibrant costumes and fantastic stories.

The company educates the community about the dances and cultures present in its repertoire. Through its Out & About series, free and affordable local creative shows, workshops and events are made available to families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured in numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center exterior; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and also appeared in the United States and around the world. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and Residents of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate in New York, and others.

For more information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theater on their blog, Follow the company on Facebook, check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance.

Photo credit: Julie Lemberger

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