Bali comes to Queens in BALAM Dance Theatre's new choreographed piece, Jubilant Blossoms. Don't miss its premiere in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves directed by Professor Edisa Weeks. This 60-minute faculty and guest faculty program showcases modern, contemporary Chinese, South African, and Balinese inspired new works, along with live music.
Based on Traditional Balinese Dance
Jubilant Blossoms, performed by a female dance quintet, features S curved bodies, darting eyes, and fluttering fans. The inspiration of this new work came from the traditional Balinese dance Kembang Girang. Queens College students Marcia Francis, Maria Gueros, Diane Kissoon, Justine Rodriguez, and Ariana Spinelli (pictured above) will perform this original choreography with Yowana Sari, the Queens College gamelan ensemble under the direction of Professor Michael Lipsey.
"I enjoy the Balinese piece because it's very different from the norm I'm used to...When I use the fan and sarongs, it reminds me of a flower blossoming... and the head movements remind me of a flower, when they move side to side from the wind."
-- Justine Rodriguez, a senior and dance major at Queens College
For several weeks, the dancers have been learning the Balinese dance technique in the class with Carlos Fittante. They have become acquainted with and enjoyed Professor Megan Healey's original costume design, inspired by the lively colors of the frangipani tree blossoms, capturing the Balinese love of glamour!
Jubilant Blossoms to Premiere in December
Thursday, December 4 - Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m.
Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, New York 11367-1597
$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission