AUG 14 | In-Person & Livestreamed
Tonight, our artists come from as far south as Washington DC, and as far east as Springfield Gardens, Romania, and Indonesia. Audiences will see tap, Southeast Asian dance ritual, contemporary, and West African cultural dance presented in each company’s signature style.
This program is made possible in part by our international partner organizations:
DutchCultureUSA at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia and Kampung Seni Baruga Kaluarrang, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, UNATC & unteatru Theatre.
Thanks also to our independent Curatorial Panel for selecting these wonderful companies. See detailed program information below.
In-person: 7pm EDT at Rockefeller Park. Click here for directions.
The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 24.
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Sole Defined Live
About SOLE Defined LIVE: SOLE Defined LIVE is an immersive sensory-driven performance experience transforming audiences from spectators to performers while activating their internal rhythmic knowledge. The company is premiering Body Language, a sonic and kinetic exploration of African Diasporic Percussive Dance with technology building an original score exploring improvisation, narration, and instrumentation in real-time. SOLE Defined LIVE was developed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in an Office Hours Residency, premiered at Jacob’s Pillow and is making its New York City premier at Battery Dance Festival.
ERV WORKS DANCE
Veiled From the Womb
Veiled from the Womb explores memories of erasure. The grandson of an African American grandfather and Puerto Rican and White grandmother, Will’s aunts, mothers and siblings were not allowed to learn Spanish or the cultural heritage of his grandmother. As a result, the piece explores brief glimpses of that culture and its suppression as well as what it may have been like were he to have been exposed.
Here We Root (Excerpt)
“Here We Root” is an original contemporary dance inspired by Asian immigrants’ stories, focusing on the Chinese diaspora in Flushing, New York. It invites audiences to experience, reflect on, and celebrate Asian immigrant identities and experiences. The piece combines movements with text, theatre, and an original score to unveil stories that are often untold through performing arts.
This project is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Lebonna (2022) is a dance piece inspired by the ancient oral literature of Toraja titled “Massudilalong sola Lebonna”. It tells the story of the war commander, Massudilalong Paerengan, and the most beautiful girl in his village, Lebonna. In their relationship, both of them vowed that their love would be eternal and they would remain together in life and death. They also pledged to be buried in the same grave once they passed away. However, fate had other plans, and their love story ended tragically.
Batara Gowa’s appearance at the 42nd Annual Battery Dance Festival 2023 is made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia and Kampung Seni Baruga Kaluarrang.
TEODORA VELESCU AND LARI GIORGESCU
The dance performance “Special People” invites the audience to become aware of contemporary people’s exacerbated self-centered nature. The word “special” ironically describes individuals who picture themselves as superior to everybody else because they happen to be richer yet who rely on external, trivial props, and not on their inherent worth, to draw attention to themselves and claim their position on the social ladder. The performance is structured in five sequences based on an original vocabulary of movement to portray how the consuming desire for material goods impact one’s body and attitude; the fabulous costumes made by the designer and scenographer Corina Boboc and the original soundtrack complement the expressive choreography to create a vivid picture of the absurdity of a purely materialistic life.
This performance is a co-production of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, UNATC & unteatru Theatre.
FANIKE! AFRICAN DANCE TROUPE
UPLIFTED! represents the eternal desire of people for healing, strength and to be uplifted during their life journey. UPLIFTED! shares the story of many people as they pull on their ancient history and culture to request, gather and then release the healing back into the universe.