AUG 16 | In-Person & Livestreamed 


Battery Dance Festival traverses the world from New York City to Singapore, coming together in a riveting genre-diverse evening.  


Thank you to our independent Curatorial Panel for selecting these wonderful companies. See detailed program information below. 



Time & Location 

In-person: 7pm EDT at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park. Click here for directions.

Livestream: https://youtu.be/B743i4G_svE

The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 26th.

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The Solidarity Series IV: Free Spirits Suite | World Premiere

Accompanied by a live jazz band, Free Spirits Suite is the fourth original work of the Solidarity Series, dedicated to presenting tap dance and jazz music together. The piece will make its world premiere at Battery Dance Festival.


Choreographer: Christina Carminucci
Performers: Christina Carminucci, Melissa Almaguer, Byron Tittle, Orlando Hernandez, Jordan Williams, Jason Clotter, Eliza Salem
Music: Mary Lou Williams- Free Spirits, Ode to Saint Cecilie/Dat Dere-Bobby Timmons

About the Company

Christina Carminucci, born and raised in New Jersey, is a NYC-based tap dancer. While earning her BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management at Pace University, Christina was fortunate enough to study extensively under the mentorship of Derick K Grant. After having the opportunity to work with many of today’s greats, “Nucci” began to explore producing her own work. Recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s 2022 “Top 25 to Watch”, she can always be found performing, choreographing, producing or teaching.



Cain & Diagonal | World Premiere

Cain explores the story of Cain and Abel, the first contradiction of humanity. The duet Diagonal is inspired by the famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century; a moment captured in the performance from his period in the Parisian atelier, where the artist lived, created and loved. These pieces were created in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute.


Choreographer: Arcadie Rusu
Performers: Teodora Velescu & Attila Bordas (Diagonal); Zaki A’Jani, Jill Linkowski, Razvan Stoian (Cain)
Music and Composer: Alexandru Suciu 

About the Company

Arcadie Rusu is a choreographer, movement director, dancer and manager at Linotip Independent Choreography Centre in Bucharest, Romania. He holds a Choreography Degree from the “Ion Luca Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film Arts, where his show “Mind Control” won the award for Best Performance Graduation Gala. Arcadie was awarded the danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz, Vienna International Dance Festival. He was awarded the “Attic Arts” Residency at the Romanian Cultural Institute, London, and participated in the Cultural Olympics with three projects in partnership with the English National Ballet.



Allocentric | World Premiere

Hailing from Kuala Lumpur and now based in Singapore, award-winning choreographer Fairul Zahid explores the hierarchy of multiple social identities with music by Òlafur Arnalds & Nils, with a cast of six dancers from LASALLE Dance Singapore.


Choreographer: Fairul Zahid
Dancers: Jazlyn Tan Jia Yu, Koo Jing Yi Natasha, Stanley Ian Cuneta, Cheong Sze Ting, Esther, Dineaish Rajendran, Nurul Elyana Hamlan
Music and Composer: Òlafur Arnalds & Nils, Frahm- b1

About the Company

Fairul Zahid holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has been a Principal Dancer/Choreographer in Aswara Dance Company for several years. He was also a lecturer in several Local Universities in Malaysia including National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage and University Technology MARA (UiTM). He is considered one of South East Asia’s leading young artists, a prolific and versatile choreographer/dancer working in disciplines of Contemporary, Ballet, Malay Dance, Chinese Classical Dance, Indian Classical dance, and Jazz. In addition, Fairul Zahid performed in several festivals local and international and also has been awarded in several choreography competitions in Malaysia and other countries. 



The Threads Project #1 “Universal Dialogues”  

Jacqulyn Buglisi collaborates with diverse choreographers on her newest exploration, a multi-layered world that turns to the poets for truths. A time to thread new stories of courage and hope, drawing inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that proclaims “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…in a spirit of Community. 


Choreographer: Jacqulyn Buglisi with quintet by Jennifer Archibald, duet by PeiJu Chien-Pott, and solo by Loni Landon 
Dancers: Ashley Merker, Aoi Sato, Rayan Lecurieux-Durival, Sierra Christine Sanders, Kate Reyes, Esteban Santamaria, Gabrielle Willis, Zachary Jeppsen, Isabella Pagano, Jai Perez, Ane Arrieta 
Music and Composer: Max Richter, Philip Glass 

About the Company

BDT was co-founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, 2020 Bessie Award Special Citation Honoree for the Table of Silence Project 9/11 performance ritual for peace at Lincoln Center, streamed live in 229 countries/territories. Renowned for imagistic dances that use literature, history & heroic archetypes as a primary source, BDT performs home seasons at New York Live Arts, Ailey Citigroup, Joyce Theater; tours: Jacob’s Pillow, Vail, Australia, Mexico, Italy. BDT’s repertoire is archived in the NYPL/Jerome Robbins Dance Collection.




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.


Choreographer: Omar Roman de Jesus 
Performers: Rafael Cañals, Eduardo Jiménez Cabrera , Bailey Jo Harbaugh, Margaret Jones, Rachel Secrest, Ian Spring, Christian Warner
Music and Composer: Lucho Bermúdez and Franz Liszt

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.