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Battery Dance presents the 37th Annual BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival with performances from August 12-17, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 18, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University.  For more information, visit  Tickets for August 18 will be available beginning 8/1.
In addition to the live performances, there will be a screening of the film Moving Stories held in the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 8pm. Moving Stories, which recently premiered at the MoMa Doc Fortnight Festival, follows Battery Dance’s dancers as they travel to India, Romania, Korea, and Iraq working with at-risk youth through the Dancing to Connect program. With just one week to teach the tools of choreography and collaboration to the youth in preparation for a final performance, the film captures the struggle, frustration, determination, and transformation of both students and teachers. Moving Stories is a film by Sundance Award-winning director Rob Fruchtman, writer-producer Cornelia Ravenal, filmmaker Mikael Södersten, and producer Wendy Sax.
Established by Battery Dance in 1982 the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people.
The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Robert
Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.
“Having the opportunity to perform and teach around the world, it is only natural that we would bring back to our home in lower Manhattan the amazing treasures we discover overseas,” said Jonathan Hollander, artistic director of Battery Dance. “With countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America this summer, we will celebrate and explore vibrant forms of dance in a setting that represents New York’s history as a destination for immigrants.”
This year’s featured artists include the best of New York City as well as dancers from Botswana, Canada, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Spain, and a collection of India’s greatest Kathak dancers.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Dancers Seeking Refuge (Battery Dance)
Ariel Rivka Dance Company
Martha Graham School
Caterina Rago Dance Company
Battery Dance


Monday, August 13, 2018
Iker Karrera Dance Company
Douglas Dunn + Dancers
JOIN Ensemble
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
AThomas Project
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Battery Dance
Asya Zlatina and Dancers
Iker Karrera Dance Company
DANAKA | Dana Katz
Citadel + Compagnie (Canada)
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Parul Shah Dance Company
Sandip Mallick (India)
Anuj Mishra, Kantika Mishra and Neha Singh (India)
Piyush Chauhan and Preeti Sharma (India)
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Citadel + Compagnie (Canada)
Paranoyak Crew
Skopje Dance Theater (Macedonia)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Damir Tasmagambetov (Kazakhstan)
Ballet Nepantla
Paranoyak Crew
Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Battery Dance
Skopje Dance Theater (Macedonia)
Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana)

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