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

BALAM Dance Theatre Returns to Hunter, New York to Present Dancing Shadows

BALAM Dance Theatre launches its third residency in Hunter, New York from July 6 to 10 to present Dancing Shadows, an Indonesian shadow puppet and musical drama.  In collaboration with Gamelan Son of Lion, a new music repertory ensemble specializing in contemporary pieces written
Carlos Fittante and Robin Gilbert perform with shadow puppets.
for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan, BALAM Dance Theatre will provide a new arts and educational enrichment workshop for children from the communities of Hunter and Tannersville, New York. 

The culmination of the residency will be the dynamic ensemble performance of Dancing Shadows on July 10.  Last year, BALAM Dance Theatre implemented the workshop, Discover the Splendors of Spain, inspired by the diverse dance traditions of that country on the Iberian Peninsula.
"With this residency, BALAM Dance Theatre feels a part of the Hunter community.  The inspiration for this program is derived from the local folklore of Washington Irving's tale, Rip Van Winkle, set in the Catskill Mountains," said Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director. 
The children in Hunter, New York will present the new piece with BALAM Dance Theatre's performers and the Gamelan Son of Lion's musicians on Friday, July 10 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Hunter-Tannersville Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 7794 Main Street in Hunter, New York 12442.  The performance will be free and open to the public.  For further information contact, (518) 263-4256.
The children will experience the music and magic of an Indonesian shadow puppet play.  During the workshop sessions, they will play percussion instruments, gongs and metallophones.   
Under the guidance of BALAM Dance Theatre and Gamelan Son of Lion, they will act, dance, and become puppeteers.  The students' work will explore fundamental concepts of dance making and performance, as articulated through the New York State Board of Education’s arts guidelines.  

Barbara Romero, BALAM Dance Theatre's Spanish Escuela Bolera dance expert, and Toshinori Hamada, BALAM Dance Theatre's principal dancer and martial artist, will appear as Mr. and Mrs. Van Winkle in period costumes and guide the children in creating their choreographic segments for the story.  Gamelan Son of Lion's company members will perform live on gamelan instruments in the program.
This arts intensive residency is presented through the Catskill Mountain Foundation Performing Arts Program at the Hunter-Tannersville Summer School Program with funding received in part through the New York State Council for the Arts and Friends of BALAM Dance Theatre.