AUG 22 | From NYC to NYC with Love


New York! Since 1976, Battery Dance has called New York home.  We have witnessed as it changed and overcame every obstacle thrown in its way, nurturing some of the world’s most praised artists. Thank you for allowing us this celebration of 45 years of Dance and 39 years of presenting the Battery Dance Festival, welcoming over 250 artists to our stage in lower Manhattan.


Introduction by B.J. Jones, President & CEO of Battery Park City Authority.

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Naranjo en Flor

We believe in the potential of bridging filmmaking and dance as two artistic disciplines that enrich each other. Naranjo en Flor provides a 360-degree angle of the movement, breaking the usual wall between audience and dancer. The filmmaker utilizes the natural light and shadow of the environment to create volumes to highlight the expressive and human qualities of dance. The solo evokes tango, one of the most direct dance and musical expressions of our Hispanic-Latino roots. Choreographed by Dardo Galletto and danced by Elisa Toro Franky, Naranjo en Flor crafts an abstraction of the tango form, blending ballet and contemporary vocabularies set against a live performance of this most traditional song in the tango canon.

About the Company

Accent Dance NYC is a collaborative of international artists dedicated to exploring the artistic, cultural and humanistic connections among people through diverse dance styles. They have performed at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, the Poe Visitor Center, at NYC Summer Stage, and the Summer Streets Festival in Manhattan and been profiled by Dance Magazine, Broadway World, ABC News, Pix 11, and Bronx Net TV. The company has served over 1,400 children in more than 10 schools and local arts organizations since its inception two years ago.



hi are you like me

An ironic take on the finance world and its inhabitants, exploring concepts of human individuality and the pursuit of contentment in an age of anxiety and insecurity.

About the Artist

Born in Lebanon, Dolly Sfeir has been awarded creative residencies with Jacob’s Pillow, and Abingdon Theater Company as well as two choreographic residencies with Mare Nostrum. Her featured work “hi are you like me” won the Grand Prize at the 2019 McCallum Theater Choreography Festival. Her choreography has been presented at Alvin Ailey City Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and the Actor’s Fund Theater, as well as Dance Gallery, Nuvu Festival and Awakenings and Beginnings.



From the Streets to the Seats | U.S. Broadcast Premiere

“From the Streets to the Seats” pursues breakdance hitters around the globe from Amsterdam to the NYC subways in a documentary and performance story about hustle, hope and hierarchy.

Sponsored by the Dutch Consulate in New York

About the Company

Fractal Collective consists of four like-minded individuals that value urban arts as a form of expression. We believe that the possibilities of urban inspired dance, music and film go beyond the merely impressing of an audience. Urban arts, especially breakdancing, embodies both the power to express feelings and tell stories. Fractal’s vision encompasses that of making meaningful dance theater experiences integrating film, audio and other art forms alongside dance itself.



Plan & Elevation | World Premiere

Tom Gold’s “Plan & Elevation” set to Caroline Shaw’s string quartet of the same title, imagines an encounter among four individuals on a summer day in a garden with each of the five movements of the score set in nature. How do they interact? What conversations do they have? Have they already met or are they strangers? Why are they drawn to one another? Originally scheduled for premiere during the 2020 spring season of Tom Gold Dance but postponed during the coronavirus pandemic the piece receives its World Premiere here shot live. Tom Gold recently presented an excerpt performing himself in Works & Process at the Guggenheim as part of a cross-disciplinary virtual series in response to the ongoing shutdown.

About the Company

Founded in 2008 by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, Tom Gold Dance, a NYC-based classical dance company, aspires to the highest level of artistry through an integrated approach to original choreography, music, and design. The mission of Tom Gold Dance involves bringing the past, present, and future of classical dance to audiences. The company has traveled to France, Spain, Italy, Bermuda, Israel, Cuba, and Bulgaria.