AUG 12 | Virtual
Take a trip around the world on the first night of the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival! You’ll be introduced to compelling dancers and filmmakers from the Netherlands, South Korea, Mexico and Tanzania before touchdown in Puerto Rico.
This program was curated by Battery Dance in partnership with the Dutch Consulate of New York.
7pm EDT on Youtube.
The link for the 7pm broadcast will be posted here on the day of the event. The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 22nd.
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BOCA TUYA / OMAR ROMAN DE JESUS
Los Perros del Barrio Colosal
Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of Los Perros del Barrio Colosal take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole.
About the Company
Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow: The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship. He has been commissioned by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico to create work for the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal. His work was presented at Chop Shop: Bodies of Work and will be presented at PRISMA International Dance Festival in Panama, the Jerusalem International Choreographic Competition and the Palm Desert Choreography Festival.
DANCE TROUPE BRAVEMAN / JAEWOO JUNG
Uninhabited Island | World Broadcast Premiere
Dancer/choreographer Jaewoo Jung embodies and reflects on the process, struggles and survival of all who enter and exit between the real world and the “Isle of Solitude.”
About the Artist
Braveman’s artistic director, Jaewoo Jung is known for his choreography that features vigorous, fiery movements. His work has been presented in festivals around the world such as the New York 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Israel Suzanne Dellal, Czech Republic ProArt Festival, Hungary Monotanc Festival, Bulgaria Water Festival for Contemporary Arts, SIDance, Seoul International Choreography festival (SCF), MODAFE.
CHILAQUILES ROJOS COLECTIVO
MI blanco, MI Negro | World Broadcast Premiere
This film, made for the Battery Dance Festival, is a window into the soul and dreams of six different characters that live in their own version of México. Two hatted figures guide us on a journey in performances that involve the bodies, faces and gestures of the characters as well as the space that surrounds them.
About the Company
Colectivo Chilaquiles Rojos was created during the pandemic of covid-19 in the year of 2020 as a necessity of expression of the different artists that conform the group, we believe that art is an agent of conscience and that through the amalgamation of different disciplines and points of view we can generate a change in our current world, the group is conformed by dancers, musicians, circus performers and visual artists who share the idea that having fun, enjoying life and creating art are part of our labor as humans. We are a mixture of ideas with a common goal, to share love.
NANTEA DANCE COMPANY
A Moment – Wakati | World Broadcast Premiere
Two male dancers explore the overlapping layers of an encounter, how a moment in time can change an individual’s attitudes, thoughts, experiences, and life in general.
About the Company
Nantea Dance Company is a Tanzanian-based non-profit contemporary dance company composed of Tanzanian freelance dance artists, founded in 2015 by Alawi Saidi Alawi and Samwel Japhet. Our mission is to produce new works and activities through dance, promote and develop dance in Tanzania, and inspire youths to become ambassadors of development and social change.
We Arnhem Chapter II
Dancers Jurriën Schobben and Alberto Villanueva Rodríguez and colleagues of Introdans celebrate the resilience of their adopted city of Arnhem, The Netherlands, in a dance film about freedom and reconstruction.
About the Company
Jurriën Schobben (Landgraaf, The Netherlands; 1990) auditioned at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam at the age of eight. He immediately went on to the next round. And that’s how things would continue until he reached the age of ten. With the passion for dance in his heart, Jurriën continued his studies at the famous John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Jurriën has been dancing with the Dutch dance company Introdans since 2010. “We are a very tight-knit group. I think that’s important because we dance with each other, too. You need to be able to rely on each other.” In 2016, he won the Encouragement prize of Dansersfonds ’79.
As a child, Alberto Villanueva Rodríguez (Reus, Spain; 1990) simply had to move. His dance career started at the age of eight, when he started taking lessons at the local dance school. When he was twelve, he moved to a professional training programme in Tarragona. Three years later, he auditioned at the Real Conservatoria Profesional de Danza in Madrid. He graduated four years later and started dancing at the Ballett de Teatres de la Generalitat in Valencia. Alberto has been dancing with the Dutch dance company Introdans since 2011. “When I dance, I feel incredibly happy. My body is a dance body: it can do a lot and it answers every demand I make of it.”