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

Missouri Audiences Delighted with Historical Dances

On September 27 and 28, BALAM presented some of its period works with the Kingsbury Ensemble in “Shall We Dance?” at East Central College in Union, Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante appeared as guest artists in BALAM’s new French Baroque dance suite performed to music by Georg Muffat.  They 
also delighted audiences with three Latin Colonial dances using music arranged by Tom Zajac, after Bishop Martínez Compañón's late 18th century book of music, Codex II, and captivated everyone’s imaginations with BALAM’s mysterious masked duet, Folia: A Baroque Pageant.  Fittante opened the shows with the elegant notated dance by Louis Pecour, Chaconne de Phaeton.           

"On behalf of the music department, I want to thank you again for your exquisite performance…One music student commented on how it took her back in time allowing her to have a brief glance of the Baroque life…A philosophy professor sent a long email to the entire college praising your performance…Everyone enjoyed the program tremendously!”  
-   Dr. Jennifer Judd, Associate Professor of Music, East Central College, Union, MO

Fittante also taught three Balinese and Baroque dance masterclasses for the dance department at Washington University during his stay in St. Louis.  

Photos: Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante. Credit: William Long