Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

Captivating Rhythms: Dances of Bali & Spain to Premiere February 10 in New Jersey

Inma Heredia Photo: Julie Lemberger
BALAM returns to New Jersey to premiere the new Out & About series program Captivating Rhythms: Dances of Bali & Spain, an educational dance presentation featuring Balinese and Spanish Escuela Bolera dances.  This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the library, located at 320 Main Street, on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  For further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615.  

Our latest cross-cultural program features BALAM’s resident Balinese guest artist, Nani Devi; resident guest actor and host of the program, Inma Heredia, the world’s first and only flamenco stand-up comedian; and guest artist Isabel Soler, co-artistic director of Danzas Españolas.  Performers will dance in beautiful, vibrantly colored traditional costumes.   

Nani Devi  Photo: Julie Lemberger
Don’t miss the performances of the Balinese dances Panyembrama, a welcome dance, and Margapati, a piece about the king of the jungle that is performed by a woman.  These rarely seen Spanish dances -- Caracoles Antiguos, Jaleo de Jerez and Fandango de Huelva will be crowd pleasers.  Heredia, graced with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic charm and humor, will add to the eclectic mix performing popular Spanish songs.
The educational video, Isle of Bali, created and narrated by BALAM’s founding director and cultural anthropologist, Islene Pinder, will present exclusive footage of Balinese daily life, providing a cultural context for the dances seen in the performance. The audience will enjoy lessons in Balinese dance and Spanish palmas (rhythmic handclapping).