Balinese, Baroque, Spanish, Commedia dell’Arte and fusion dances will be featured in BALAM Dance Theatre’s new program, The Faces of Love, at the Puffin Cultural Forum on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The New York City-based chamber company will present dance, music and acting inspired by themes of love, devotion and desire throughout this production highlighting dances from different cultures and historical periods. The talented team of artists from around the world performing in this production are BALAM Dance Theatre’s Resident Balinese Artist Nani Devi, Noh Theatre actor/dancer Toshinori Hamada, principal ballerina Robin Gilbert, and BALAM artistic director, Baroque dance specialist, and Boston Early Music Festival co-choreographer Carlos Fittante.
Featured special guest artists joining BALAM are acclaimed musician Leah Nelson on Baroque violin; Barbara Romero, co-artistic director of Danzas Españolas; and Inma Heredia from Seville, Spain and the world’s first and only Flamenco stand-up comedian.
The program presents Margapati, a vibrant Balinese dance solo performed by a woman representing the power of a lion character and Tigerlily and the Dragonfly, a fantasy courtship on point. Spanish themes of love are seen in Amantes, a haunting masked solo performed to a rumba; Folia, a Baroque courtship performed with castanets and fan language; Fandango Fantasy, a businessman’s risqué dream performed to live Baroque violin music; and El Vito, a rarely seen, alluring Spanish 19th century Escuela Bolera dance solo.
The Melon Peel, a ribald Commedia dell’Arte monologue, will delight the audience. Sunda Upasunda, a mythic story of ambition, desire, and jealousy, blends karate, Spanish dance and sword technique, Balinese dance, and modern dance. The audience will also be invited to participate.
The event is open to the public and will be presented at 20 Puffin Way (off of Teaneck Road) in Teaneck, New Jersey. General seating is available, and tickets are $10. Reservations are recommended and may be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 201-836-3499.