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

BALAM Dance Theatre to Debut New Baroque Inspired Work at Queens College

           
When the curtain comes up in December at Queens College, BALAM Dance Theatre will debut The Fountain of Pleasure, a new Baroque inspired choreography created by artistic director Carlos Fittante.  This latest work will premiere in XWhyY: My Genderation Dances of Exploration, for the Queens College-City University of New York's Faculty Choreographic Showcase
            The performance will be presented at M11 Studio Theatre, Rathaus Hall at Queens College, located at 64th Ave in Flushing, New York.  The program will be presented on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. 

            The new work features Carlos Fittante and guest artists Alexis Silver and Andrew Trego from the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble.  Queens College student dancers Cindy Centurion, Gavy Contreras, Delsa Heredia, Khiabet Leal, Jaria Morris, and Rochelle Reyes will join them.  Other artists involved in the program are costume designer Sarita Fellows and props by Nelly Reyes.
            The dance style, physical acting technique, and theatrical conventions of Baroque theatre.  "In the opening tableaux, personifications of love, passion, compassion, humor, compromise, affection, and trust are performed.   The ballet's narrative illustrates a Baroque sensibility in which divinity intervenes on the behalf of humanity to offer insight and guidance," said Fittante, Artistic Director of BALAM Dance Theatre.  Fittante's critically acclaimed co-choreographed work has appeared in the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival's Almira and other productions.

            The elegant piece is accompanied by an overture excerpt and Chaconne from Les Fountaines de Versailles, circa 1683, composed by Michel-Richard Lalande and performed by the Orchestre de Chambre Hewitt.  "The students will learn much from this experience gaining formal refinement and beauty rooted in a tradition of western culture.  For some students this is their first performance concert and introduction to Baroque dance and music.  A special thanks is extended to Professor Weeks for her work as co-rehearsal director and Leslye Del Carpio, who generously served as an understudy for the pantomime sections," said Fittante.

   A choreographer and dance artist of remarkable diversity performing Ballet, Spanish Escuela Bolera, Baroque, Balinese and other movement styles, Fittante has performed throughout the world in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, England, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and the United States.  As a Baroque choreographer and dancer, he has performed with several leading period music and dance ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival, where he is ballet master; New York Baroque Dance Company; Four Nations Ensemble; and The Bishop’s Band. He has also choreographed and performed for the opera companies Teatro Lirico D.C. and New York City Opera; and others.  His period choreography for George Frideric Handel's operas Almira and Acis and Galatea received critical praise.
Photo credit: Andre Constantini

            Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for adults.  Student tickets may only be purchased at the box office window.  Adult tickets are available online at kupferbergcenter.showare.com and at the box office.  For further information about tickets, contact the box office at 718-793-8080 and boxoffice@kupferbergcenter.org.