Voices of Music and BALAM Dance Theatre’s cross-cultural collaboration featuring Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in Tigerlily and the Dragonfly, a fantasy courtship on point. This whimsical duet, inspired by the Balinese Oleg Tambulilingan, was adapted from its original gamelan score to a compilation of Baroque music arranged by Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler.
Live, HD video from the Voices of Music “Let’s Dance” concert in San Francisco, February, 2013.
The music is sourced from Telemann’s Ouverture Burlesque (TWV 32:2) and from Rameau’s Dardanus, the piccolo, or “petite flute” part is here played by Hanneke on the “sixth flute.”
A note from choreographer and dancer Carlos Fittante:
“I created Dardanesque at the request of David and Hanneke for the first artistic collaboration between our groups, Voices of Music and BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM). The piece existed as Tigerlily & the Dragonfly in BALAM’s repertory, set to an original gamelan composition. We wondered how the charismatic verve of the gamelan music would translate to the facile lightness and delicacy of Baroque music, and how the Voices of Music audience would receive a fusion work of Balinese ballet styles.
Balinese and Baroque styles emanate from court traditions steeped in exquisite detail and beauty. Both traditions embrace grandeur, opulence and show. What has resulted strikes me as a delightfully playful entertainment fit for the refined sensibilities of nobles and honored ancestors. The Balinese movement brings out an inner radiance to the Baroque music, and affirms the depth and flexibility of this genre. Similarly, the Baroque music has nuanced the pieces’ original earthiness and added a sweetness to its expression. I think it significant this premiere occurred in northern California and I am grateful to David and Hanneke for their dynamic vision: they helped create it; they made the musical choices.”
Tigerlily and the Dragonfly
Choreography: Islene Pinder, Carlos Fittante
Dancers: Robin Gilbert, Carlos Fittante
Music: Suite ‘Dardanesque’ arranged by Voices of Music
Costumes: Jana Rosenblatt-Larson, Kate McDowell,
Wings and Set: Anom Tilem from Ubud, Bali
Voices of Music, the musicians and their instruments (left to right)
Kati Kyme, baroque violin by Johann Gottlob Pfretzichner, Mittenwald, 1791
Maxine Nemerovski, baroque violin by Timothy Johnson, Indiana,
1999 (after Stradivarius)
Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello, anonymous, 1673
David Tayler, archlute by Andreas von Holst, Munich, 2012,
after Magno Tieffenbrucker, Venice, c1610; finger cymbals by Zildjian
Carla Moore, baroque violin by Johann Georg Thir, Vienna, Austria, 1754
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola by Mathias Eberl, Salzburg, Austria, 1680
Hanneke van Proosdij, double manual harpsichord by Joop Klinkhamer,
Amsterdam (1996), after Ruckers-Goujon, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
lid painting by Millicent Tomkins, 2012.
sixth flute by Alec Loretto, auckland, 1999, after Stanesby Jr.
William Skeen, violone, Germany, anonymous, 17th century