36th Annual Battery Dance Festival

August 13, 2017 @ 5:34 pm – August 19, 2017 @ 6:34 pm America/New York Timezone
The Schimmel Center at Pace University
3 Spruce St
New York, NY 10038

Battery Dance presents

The 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival

in association with Battery Park City Authority

August 13-19, 2017

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 13-18, 2017, 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 19, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University.  For more information, visit http://batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival/.  Tickets for August 19 will be available beginning 8/1.

Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today 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 and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

This year’s featured artists include:

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Battery Dance
Danuka Ariyawansa + Behri Drums and Dance Ensemble (Sri Lanka)
Janis Brenner & Dancers
Martha Graham School

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cía. Elías Aguirre (Spain)
Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
Fadi J. Khoury’s FJK Dance
Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
Nadine Bommer Dance Company
SLK Ballet
Trezon Dancy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

IAAC Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
Aakansha Maheshwari
Dimple Saikia
Kalanidhi Dance
Kalamandir Dance
Sruthi Mohan
Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ballet Inc.
Buglisi Dance Theatre
Cía. Elías Aguirre (Spain)
Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
Maxine Steinman & Dancers
Tina Croll + Company
Wilder Project

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Battery Dance
Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswana)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Amy Marshall Dance Company
Ariel Rivka Dance
Bollylicious (Belgium)
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
SYnC Dance Company
The Movement Playground
Trainor Dance

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Battery Dance
Bollylicious (Belgium)
Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswana)

Support for the 2017 Battery Dance Festival

American Express, Lead Sponsor; Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, Exclusive Hospitality Sponsor. Public Funds have been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s Office. Generous sponsorship provided by Goldman Sachs, Fund for the City of New York, Botswana Tourism Organization, U.S. Embassy Libreville, Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, Flanders State of the Art, Ministry of Culture of Spain, INAEM (National Institute of the Performing Arts and Music), Consulate General of Spain in New York, Spain Arts and Culture, Centro Danza Canal, SNEO, Comunidad de Madrid, New York Waterway and Weill Cornell Medicine.


Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982 as part of its engagement with its home community of lower Manhattan 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. www.batterydance.org

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