2023 NY Season

Praise for Battery Dance NOW

“The company’s six exceptional dancers carried the evening in style, each with their own take on three distinct movement languages…All together, the Battery Dance ensemble featured a pleasing array of distinct physicalities and personalities who embodied a sense of trust and community in their lush partnering and tight unisons.”


“For an organization whose work includes performance, presenting opportunities, local community-based work, and global cultural diplomacy, Battery Dance maintains a sharp curatorial eye and an ensemble of impressive caliber. One can only hope to experience more from the creative voices featured in this program.”


– Sarah Cecilia Bukowski, The Dance Enthusiast



In its New York Live Arts debut, Battery Dance presented Battery Dance NOW, a program of three contemporary dance works that explored time and transitions: Robin Cantrell’s “The Liminal Year” captured the natural resistance to isolation and the need to fight against fear; Ana Maria Lucaciu’s “It Goes By Quick” explored the urgency and frustration of seeing time slip away; Tsai Hsi Hung’s “A Certain Mood” was inspired by the contrasting shift from dark to light in the work of abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann.

Each work was set to an original music score. “The Liminal Year” and “It Goes By Quick” had never been presented in a theater before; both premiered at the 2021 Battery Dance Festival and received full lighting and staging during Battery’s run at Live Arts.

As an added feature to the evening, Battery Dance presented the world premiere of “GREY,” a music video featuring two Company artists Jillian Linkowski and Razvan Stoian, who were commissioned by the band Eventually Epic to appear in a three-minute film. 

Battery Dance was proud to present its 47th annual New York City Season, which followed six months spent performing and teaching in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


Date & Location
March 8 – 11, 2023
New York Live Arts

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Student/Senior/Veteran: $20

Standard: $35 

VIP Opening Night Reception: $75


March 8 – 11 | 7:00PM

March 8 | 6:00PM | VIP Opening Night Reception 

Ticket includes admission to the performance and a pre-show reception starting at 6:00PM

March 9 | 11:00AM | Student Matinee 

This performance is free for NYC public school students. Contact Andrea Bansil at andrea@batterydance.org for more information. 

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219 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

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About the Works & Choreographers

Robin Cantrell

With a professional performing career spanning two decades, Robin Cantrell has worked with numerous dance companies including City Ballet of San Diego, Rioult, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, and, most notably, as a member of Battery Dance for 12 years. With Battery, Robin performed, taught, and presented her own choreography in over 60 countries. She is the subject of the award-winning documentary Moving Stories, about the company’s cultural diplomacy work, and most recently led a successful teacher training pilot program at Vassar College during their fall semester.

Robin currently dances for Gabrielle Lamb’s PigeonWing Dance and is the Artistic Director of Indelible Dance: a Brooklyn-based dance company that creates otherworldly dance films and presents multimedia immersive dance events.

Her most recent dance films, ODYSSEY, and TRIPTYCH, have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including Best Screendance of the Year at the 2022 Independent Shorts Awards.

Robin recently co-founded Constant John Productions with her creative partner Alexis Gideon. The company creates dynamic films that tell their stories entirely through dance and music. Their fist film, Flatland No. 1 was completed early this year.

Robin Cantrell is a native of St. Paul Minnesota and received her BFA in ballet performance at the University of Utah as a Willem F. Christensen scholarship recipient. 

She loves her bird very much and continues to expand her mindfulness practice.

Tsai Hsi Hung

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Tsai Hsi Hung is a dancer, choreographer and teacher and a graduate of Taipei National University of the Arts.  During her studies, she did a year abroad at Queensland Technology University Dance Department and had the opportunity to work with the Australian Dance Theater, Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, and Chunky Move Dance Company Dancers. Since moving to the U.S., she has received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and her choreography was selected by the Joffrey Academy of Dance for “Winning Works” performance in Chicago. Hung was invited by Taipei National Dance Theater to present her work in 2020 and by Ballet X for its 2020-21 Season. In 2021, Hung won Western Michigan University’s National Choreography Competition and will premiere a new work in 2022.  For Ballet X’s 2022 Season, Hung will create a new work as part of the Ballet X Choreographer’s Fellowship.  Hung will be in residence in the dance department of Kennesaw State University, Georgia in the summer of 2022.  She teaches in New York at Peridance Capezio Dance Center and NYU Tisch Dance and /MOVE|NYC|, and is the director of the Queens Ballet Center/QBC Company. 

Ana Maria Lucaciu

Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City.

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and joined Canada’s National Ballet immediately after. She went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet (Denmark), Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), where she danced for seven years.

Ana Maria has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. As a freelance performer she has collaborated with New Dialect, Zoe/Juniper, Bryan Arias and Aszure Barton & Artists. She assisted Crystal Pite on her Polaris project at New York City Center, and regularly assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.

Ana Maria is a choreographer in her own right and her  work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect, Purchase Dance Company, Terminus Modern Ballet Theater, Battery Dance New York, Ballet Finland. In 2020 she was commissioned a short solo work by Swedish TV. She also created a full-evening duet with Nathan Griswold that has toured the US and Europe. Her work will be presented by Philadelphia Ballet and Dance Aspen in the spring of 2022.

Ana Maria joined London’s Rambert 2 company as a rehearsal director for the spring of 2021. She will be joining Alan Lucien Øyen’s Winter Guests as rehearsal director for their 2022 world tour.

Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College in New York, Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia. She is a 2018 TedX Bucharest speaker.


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