Past Features

March 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 5)

BALAM Dance Theatre Performance to Perform on Campus March 30

Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in Tigerlily and the Dragonfly.
Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in 'Tigerlily and the Dragonfly.'

BALAM Dance Theatre will visit Lehman March 30 to present Defining Diversity, its thirtieth anniversary performance, featuring a traditional Balinese, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean repertoire. Sponsored by the College's Freshman Year Initiative Program, the free performance will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre. The campus community is invited to attend.

Nani Devi, BALAM's resident Balinese guest dancer, will perform in Oleg Tambulilingan, a traditional female Balinese dance. Other featured artists include Barbara Romero, co-director of Danzas Espaņolas, in the Spanish dance solo Caracoles Antiguos; Baroque violinist Leah Nelson in the comedic duet Fandango Fantasy; and Kaleidoscope of Kultures Dance Theatre, with the Harlem-based teen group Wadleigh Dance Ensemble, performing Marcea Daiter's Afro-Caribbean work Haitian Myth and Village. A new work also will make its world premier—Hip-Hop Hanuman, a humorous masked solo performance that combines hip-hop, Balinese, and ballet movements.

The program will honor BALAM founding director Islene Pinder on her eightieth birthday. She established the company in 1979 and taught dance at Lehman until she retired in 1998.

BALAM offers a new vision of contemporary dance that emanates from the fusion of diverse cultural dance styles and movement techniques. Its style blends contemporary choreography, eclectic music, striking masks, imaginative props, and vibrant costumes to create a performance for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.