BALAM Dance Theatre to Bring Balinese Bumblebee Dance in Debut at NICE Festival
See the mesmerizing beauty of Bali in BALAM Dance Theatre’s debut at the Norwalk International Cultural Exchange Festival (NICE). BALAM, a professional, non-profit dance company, presents the enchanting program, Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees), live on Saturday, July 9, at 2:45 p.m.
BALAM offers a vision of contemporary cultural dance that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The New York City-based company combines Balinese theatre with ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historical periods. This latest program from BALAM’s Out & About series features the company’s Artistic Director, Carlos Fittante, and Resident Balinese Artist, Nani Devi, dancing to exhilarating gong Keybar gamelan music. The exquisitely costumed duo fan and flutter about, as two courting bumblebees.
Fittante has studied and performed Balinese and fusion dance in Bali extensively. 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 Theatre Ballet, Downtown Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, International Arts Festival in Bali, and more. A graduate of the School of American Ballet, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin and is an acclaimed guest teacher. Presently, he is on the faculty of the Dance Department at Queens College-City University of New York, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, where he teaches Introduction to Dance and Ballet.
Devi, a celebrated performer from Bali, has toured and taught throughout 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 began dancing at the early age of ten in the village of Tabanan. Noted for dancing with a natural grace and sweet expression, she was selected by the Indonesian government to perform in the palaces of Bali for visiting heads of state promoting Indonesian dance forms for the Ministry of Culture.
Oleg Tambulilingan takes place rain or shine at 10 North Water Street in Norwalk, Connecticut. The family friendly NICE Festival is open to the public, and admission is free. For information, go to https://norwalknice.org/ .
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