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

BALAM Dance Theatre to Premiere Myths and Stars in Leonia

BALAM Dance Theatre is bringing its eclectic, diverse style to New Jersey again with the premiere of a new Out & About series program, Myths and Stars.  This exciting dance song and dance program features comedy and Balinese, ballet, Spanish escuela bolero, Baroque and fusion dance styles.  The performance will be presented at the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, New Jersey, located at 227 Fort Lee Road, on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The New York City-based company is recognized for presenting a new vision of contemporary dance that combines ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historic periods with Balinese theatre.  This latest program from BALAM’s community service Out & About series features the company’s Artistic Director Carlos Fittante, Resident Guest Actor Inma Heredia, Resident Spanish Dance Specialist Barbara Romero, and guest dancer Yumiko Niimi debuts with the company.

"This diverse program showcases the creative and expressive talents of the company's performers.  BALAM will present and immerse the audience in the grandness and beauty of ancient myths and the glamour and amusing aspects of pop Spanish culture," said Fittante.

Flamenco Stand-Up Comedian To Perform

The entertaining and diverse program features the world's first flamenco stand-up comedian Inma Heredia performing excerpts from her acclaimed one-woman cabaret show, Divas de España.  On the stage, Heredia will transform and become these performers:  singer and actress Sara Montiel; singer, dancer and actress Lola Flores; and actress, comedian and flamenco guitarist Charo.

Two beloved myths will be represented through dance.  The first, Rama and Sita, is an excerpt from the Hindu epic Ramayana, danced in a Balinese fusion style, with Fittante and Niimi. 

"This piece is very enjoyable to perform because of the fusion of the Balinese and balletic styles.  The Balinese dance style is unlike anything that I have done before," explained Niimi. 

The second piece, Icarus, presents the Greek myth performed by Fittante in a Baroque contemporary dance movement style with three-foot hand carved Balinese wings.  Romero will spotlight luminary dancer Fanny Elssler, who originally performed the balletic solo La Cachucha in 1836, to round out the unique program. 

The family friendly show will include an audience participation segment.  The library is handicapped accessible.  Parking is available in the back of the building, in the municipal lot located on Broad Avenue, and on the streets around the library.  For further information, contact the Leonia Public Library at 201-592-5770.