Dancers from Manipur to perform at Battery Dance Festival

Photo courtesy of Battery Dance.

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, has announced the 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival with free performances from August 11-16, 2019, from 7-9 pm, against the backdrop of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City.

At 9 pm, the audience gets into the groove with an interactive dance experience led by members of a different troupe chosen each evening from among that night’s program artists, according to a press release.

The Festival culminates in a closing performance on August 17, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University.

Established in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) ranks as New York City’s, longest-running free public dance festival as well as one of its most wide-ranging. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population, 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 established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. It revels in the panoply of dance that New York City offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Robert Battle, Michelle Dorrance and Jacqulyn Buglisi have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

This year’s featured artists include a curated selection of local dance companies as well as dancers from Argentina, Austria, Curaçao, France, India, Iraq, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Danuka Ariyawansa (Sri Lanka)

Leah Barsky and Cristian Correa (Argentina)

Mezopotamya Dans (Turkey)

Hussein Smko – Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge Fellow (Iraq)

Battery Dance

Music from the Sole

Monday, August 12, 2019

Water Street Dance Milwaukee

Jon Ole Olstad

Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC

Laboration Art Company (France)

Pony Box Dance Theatre

Mezopotamya Dans (Turkey)

Emma Evelein Dance and Choreography (Netherlands)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Laboration Art Company (France)

Janice Rosario & Company

Buglisi Dance Theatre

NVA & Guests


Ashlé Dawson – Breaking Conformity Productions

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Ballet Nepantla

B-E (Lithuania)

VIVO Ballet

Ballet Boy Productions

Battery Dance (World Premiere duet choreographed by Razvan Stoian)


Chloe London Dance

Vanaver Caravan

Thursday, August 15, 2019

India Independence Day: Dancers and Drummers of Manipur

Darshana Jhaveri,Sanjib Bhattacharya, Sinam Basu Singh, Surbala Devi Bachaspatimayum, Monika Devi Kongengbam. Brojen Kumar Singha Thingom, Angousana Singh Oinam, Premkumar Singh Lourembam, Rajika Puri

Sutradhar (Narrator)

Friday, August 16, 2019

SEAD’s Bodhi Project (Austria)

Reuel “Crunk” Rogers (Curaçao)


Keerati Jinakunwiphat / DIVE

Battery Dance

Annalee Traylor

Saturday, August 17, 2019

SEAD’s Bodhi Project (Austria)

Reuel “Crunk” Rogers (Curaçao)

Hussein Smko (Iraq) – Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge

B-E (Lithuania)

Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982, an engagement with the lower Manhattan community where it has been based since its founding in 1976. As one of America’s leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict.

Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date.




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