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 Post subject: BALAM to Premiere “Antonchu” in 2012 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL
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PRESS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Luhrs & Associates, Publicist, 201-592-9126, luhrsassocpress[at]verizon.net
Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, 646-361-9183


(September 16, 2012; New York, NY) – BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) returns to the 12th annual DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL to present the new solo, Antonchu. Anton Zea Nadal of Barcelona, Spain will perform the new piece on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. at the John Ryan Theatre at WHITE WAVE, 25 Jay St., Brooklyn, New York.

This free, international festival is open to the public. Reserved seating is not available. Donations are encouraged.

Antonchu, a new piece performed to critical acclaim this past summer in Masnou, Spain, was selected by the DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL curatorial committee to be presented in this year’s festival. BALAM Artistic Director Carlos Fittante created this biographical dance solo, blending ballet and Lester Horton techniques, for Nadal, a talented dancer and scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center.

Through the abstraction of movement, the solo conveys Anton’s journey as a youth pursuing his dance dream in New York City. At the heart of the solo, is his robust Catalan physicality and unshakable, youthful optimism. The up and coming dancer selected the music, Vivaldi’s flowing Concerto in C for Mandolin.

The title, Antonchu, is an affectionate name Anton’s grandfather used when addressing him. "I wanted to create a solo that captured and represented Anton's essence, his unbridled love of dance, giving him a naïve confidence that is irresistible to behold. There is something uplifting for an audience to witness the exuberance and innocence of youth eagerly embarking on a journey into adulthood,” said Fittante.

About BALAM Dance Theatre

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about Balinese dance and culture. Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183, visit BALAM Dance Theatre online, http://www.balamdance.org. Stay updated about the company’s new work, events, activities and announcements on its blog, http://www.balamdancetheatre.blogspot.com/, or follow the company on Facebook,http://www.facebook.com/balamdancetheatre.

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