BALAM Dance Theater will make its Balinese bumblebee dance debut at the NICE festival

Discover the haunting beauty of Bali during the BALAM Dance Theater (BALAM) debut at the Norwalk International Cultural Exchange Festival (NICE). BALAM, non-profit professional dance company, presents the enchanting program, Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees), live on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.

The program takes place rain or shine at 10 North Water Street in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The family NICE Festival is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, visit https://norwalknice.org/ .

BALAM offers a vision of contemporary cultural dance that is aimed at audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. The New York-based company combines Balinese theater with ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historical periods. This latest program in BALAM’s Out & About series features the company’s artistic director, Carlos Fittante, and resident Balinese artist, Nani Devi, dancing to uplifting Keybar gamelan gong music. The exquisitely costumed duo fan themselves and fidget like two bumblebees courting each other.

Fittante has extensively studied and practiced Balinese dance and fusion dance in Bali. A specialist in Balinese, Baroque and Spanish escuela bolera dances, his performances and choreography have received praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice and Dance Magazine. He has worked with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Theater Ballet, Apollo’s Fire, Gotham Early Music Scene, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Downtown Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 2nd Encuentro de Baile Contemporáneo in Mexico and the International Arts Festival in Bali. A graduate of the School of American Ballet, he holds an MFA in dance from the University of Wisconsin and is a renowned visiting teacher. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Dance Department at Queens College-City University in New York, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, where he teaches Introduction to Dance and Ballet.

Devi, a famous performer from Bali, has toured and taught all over the world. She specializes in and performs classical Balinese dance, as well as those from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi. Born in Bali, Indonesia, Devi started dancing at the age of ten in the village of Tabanan. Noted for dancing with natural grace and gentle expression, she was selected by the Indonesian government to perform in palaces in Bali to visit heads of state promoting Indonesian dance forms for the Ministry of Culture.

The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE) is a 501(c3) non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of people around the world through arts and culture. NICE’s mission is to encourage the various groups that make up our society to learn about each other’s traditions and customs in order to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of what each group brings to our community.

For more information about the BALAM Dance Theater festival and programming, contact 646-361-9183 or [email protected].

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, masks striking, 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 has 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 website, http://www.balamdancetheatre.com.

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