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 Post subject: BALAM Returns to Staten Island’s St George Theatre
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:36 pm 

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Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183

BALAM Returns to Staten Island’s St George Theatre to Perform Nutcracker Ballet’s Grand Pas de Deux in Annual Christmas Show

(November 14, 2011—New York, NY) – BALAM Dance Theatre returns for its seventh year to perform the Nutcracker ballet’s Grand Pas de Deux in the St George Theatre’s annual Christmas Show on Staten Island, New York. The Christmas Show’s performances are Friday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $40, with a Sunday night special of all tickets $10 or $20.

For further information, contact the St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island at 718-442-2900 or visit The box office is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the box office is only open during scheduled shows.

BALAM’s Grand Pas de Deux, from Peter Tchaikovsky’s magical and passionate ballet, “The Nutcracker Suite”, features Robin Gilbert, BALAM’s company ballerina, in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Carlos Fittante, BALAM’s artistic director, in the role of Cavalier. Fittante created the choreography for the Christmas Show’s Grand Pas de Deux blending the delicacy of point with exciting lifts and turns of balletic partnering to convey idyllic love in the land of the sweets.

“The Christmas Show is a Staten Island tradition and a great way to spend the holiday with the whole family. Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante dancing the Grand Pas de Deux are the highlight of the performance. They inspire the children and the entire cast,” said Doreen Cugno, Artistic Director of the Christmas Show.

BALAM is a unique New York dance ensemble that creates a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet and modern dance styles with Balinese theatre and diverse cultural movement styles from around the world. BALAM’s work creates an entertainment experience that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The BALAM History
BALAM offers a new vision of contemporary dance that emanates from a cutting-edge fusion of diverse cultural dance styles and movement techniques. The company’s fusion repertoire presents an opulent dance theatre that blends contemporary choreography, eclectic music, striking masks, imaginative props, and vibrant costumes to create a performance that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

In 1979, Islene Pinder, a Lehman College dance educator, founded the company and brought the mesmerizing Balinese dance theatre style to New York audiences. Under the directorship of Spanish-American choreographer Carlos Fittante, BALAM’s repertoire blends boldly divergent movements genres, including ballet, Spanish, Lester Horton, Baroque, Latin, Hip-Hop, drag, Noh, and karate, as well as Balinese.

BALAM has been featured at several distinguished festivals and venues, such as First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; La Mama Experimental Theatre, New York, New York; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, Massachusetts, and many others. The company has also appeared internationally at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Bali and the 2nd Encuentro Internacíonal de Danza Contemporánea in Cancún, Mexico.

The company’s work has received critical recognition from the New York Times and Village Voice. The Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York have highly commended its performances.

For further information, please call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on the web at and Stay updated about the company's new work, events, activities and announcements on Facebook,


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