"Sing We and Dance It"

Event Info

Carlos Fittante will join Early Music Princeton to teach a workshop on dance style of the 18th century. The workshop will conclude with a performance by EMP and Carlos Fittante, highlighting the dances learned. The concert will include vocal and instrumental works by Lully, Morley, Holborne, and Corelli.

Carlos Fittante, artistic director of BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a New York City-based contemporary world dance company inspired by Balinese theatre, is a specialist in cross-cultural fusion, Balinese, Baroque, and Spanish escuela bolera dance. His choreography and performances have received critical praise from the New York Times, Village Voice, and Dance Magazine, to mention a few. Some highlights from his diverse performing career include the Metropolitan Opera, New York Theatre Ballet, Semara Ratih Gamelan, Joan Miller and Dance Players, Danzas Españolas, and several prominent Baroque ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Juilliard 415, and Voices of Music. His work has been presented throughout the United States and internationally at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University, and the Bali International Dance Festival. 

A graduate of the School of American Ballet, he has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where his thesis project invented Baroque dance training exercises informed by Bartenieff Fundamentals. At the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, he created and taught Mask and Gesture and Movement for Actors for ten years, and currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at Queens College: City University of New York, teaching Introduction to Dance, Ballet, Music Theory for Dancers, and Asian Performing Arts. For more about Carlos and BALAM, click here.

Early Music Princeton (EMP) is the university Baroque ensemble for graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines, as well as staff members at Princeton University. Members of Early Music Princeton study and perform vocal and instrumental repertoire spanning the centuries from Medieval and Renaissance to high Baroque, with a special focus on historical performance practices. EMP has recently expanded it’s instrument collection, which now includes violins, viola, cello, a full range of viols, and Baroque bows, to name but a few, allowing for an exploration of the repertoire of chamber orchestra, viol consort, solo and chamber ensemble, and a wide range of vocal music.

Early Music Princeton is led by faculty director and harpsichordist Wendy Young. EMP faculty members Nancy Wilson (violin), Sarah Cunningham (viola da gamba and Baroque cello), and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (soprano), all internationally renowned Baroque specialists, coach the participants throughout the semester, bringing their years of experience and wisdom to all involved. Harpsichordist Joyce Chen is the Graduate Student Director of Outreach. Her work with EMP focuses on bringing baroque music beyond the university campus, as well as organizing interactive workshops for both students and the community.