BALAM debuted "Akasha-Wings of Love", its second, new Out & About community service program at the Morris View, a nursing home and senior healthcare center in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, October 20. A room full of seniors, most of whom were in wheel chairs, smiled, clapped and sang along throughout the whole show. It was remarkable how the dancers' physicality beckoned the the frailest seniors back into the their bodies and into a more awakened state. Dance was truly healing in this context!
Enjoy these two video clips. The first is a 40 second excerpt highlighting BALAM's latest romantic point piece created specially for this program called "Beloved" featuring ballerina Dianna Warren, and BALAM's multi-talented, Toshinori Hamada. The subsequent 80 second video clip is taken from the finale number, "El Toro y la Luna", an improvised sing-along with the full company lead by BALAM's resident guest actor and the world's first and only Flamenco stand-up comedian, Inma Heredia.
Also included in the program were the "Oleg Tambulilingan" featuring BALAM's resident Balinese guest artist, Nani Devi; "Hagoromo", a masked Japanese Noh dance and song; "Entree d'Apollon" by Feuillet (1701); "La Madrilena" (1885), a Spanish Escuela Bolera duet with guest artist, Barbara Romero of Danzas Espanolas; "Franciso Alegre" (Frank the Happy), a sung rumba; "You Can Feel It All Over", a dance improvisation by Olsi Gjeci; and "Amantes", Carlos Fittante's signature masked solo.
Special thanks to Walter Guzman for his invaluable assistance as BALAM's stage manager for this production.