AUG 17 | In-Person & Livestreamed 


Join us for a night of thrilling premieres at Battery Dance Festival. Tonight’s program features a variety of genres including ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, and African dance.


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://vimeo.com/740954539

The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 27th.

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Citizen interrogates the labels we receive – foreigner, immigrant, gay, white, black, Asian, poor, old, young. Standing on the stage, after the dancers share their stories and expose their inner selves, what labels do you actually see?



Choreographer: Allen Chunhui Xing
Dancers: Jovannie Aranzamendi Nieves, Luis Medina Velez, James Thomas Esquilin, Abraham Texidor Aguilera, Allen Chunhui Xing
Music: Steve Mazzaro, Max Richter My Old Life, Willpower, Teach Me to Fight by Steve Mazzaro

About the Company

Allen Chunhui Xing is a dancer and choreographer based in Baltimore. He holds a BFA in Dance from Shanxi Academy of Arts, and a MFA in Dance from University of Maryland. His work has been invited and selected to perform at the Dance Gallery Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, On the Move at the Kennedy Center, Japan SAI International Dance Festival, Finland International Gala, Seoul Choreography International Festival, Asian Contemporary Ballet Festival, and Mexico International Contemporary Dance Festival.



Lost Memories (Mémoires Perdues) | NYC Premiere

Mémoires Perdues questions the notions of collective memory and progress: Do we really learn from the lessons of the past? The piece is an emotional response to this seemingly endless repetition of pain. It is a cry for the urgency of memory for our future. The choreographic vocabulary of the piece is African-contemporary drawing from Afro-Brazilian symbolism.

Choreographer: Julienne Doko
Performers: Julienne Doko
Music: Wardruna- Algir Tognatale; Gert Øtergaard Pedersen, Spoken word: Hannah Kvam; Music

About the Company

Julienne Doko is a dance performer, teacher and choreographer with roots in the Central African Republic, currently based in Denmark. As a choreographer, Julienne creates her dance vocabulary by drawing from a wide array of dance styles such as contemporary (African-contemporary movement) and traditional (West African dances, Afro-Brazilian). Her movement and dramaturgical line take inspiration from her homelands and the journeys she has taken in between and are a testament to the vitality and expression of contemporary Afropean (Afro-European) scene in the Nordic countries. Julienne has performed internationally with a number of companies, in festivals, TV shows and in musicals.



Touch – Returned | World Premiere

Touch – Returned explores how physical touch can create both an internal and external presence in space around you, exposing both vulnerability and humility as the dancers experience one another.



Choreographer: Tati Nuñez
Dancers: Tati Nuñez and Brenan Gonzalez
Music and Composer: The Hem”, “Sandalwood l”, and “Sandalwood ll” by Jonny Greenwood Costumes: Lauren Carmen

About the Company

Tatiana (Tati) Nuñez, originally from South Florida, is a generous and well‑rounded multi‑disciplinary artist currently based in NYC. She is recognized for her profound physical instrument that articulates at the highest level in the techniques of contemporary, ballet/pointe, and tap dance. She has performed at various venues including the Joyce Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Orpheum Theater, Battery Dance Festival, Little Island, and Symphony Space. Tati has received her B.F.A. in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and remains devoted to continue learning throughout her journey as an artist while furthering her artistic and professional career. 



Pacto de Fuga | U.S. Premiere

Pacto de Fuga is the answer to the choreographer’s concern for exploring the coexistence between contemporary dance and urban landscape. The creation process was based on the three dancers’ research and immersion in a concrete public venue: a popular traditional square in Seville, Spain.


Choreographer: Raquel Madrid
Performers: Raquel Madrid, Anna París, Sandra Ortega
Music and Composer: Concha Piquer, Pájaro, Niño de Elche

About the Company

Dos Proposiciones Dance Theatre works at a international level, being part of several performing arts festivals in Spain, as the Mes de danza, as well in Asia, Europe and South-America. The creative atmosphere of the company is based on a solid dramaturgy and a combination of different languages, with dance-theater being the axis. Currently, Raquel Madrid is a Founder Member of the Andalusian Professional Dance Association (PAD), where she carries out a wide range of art projects and she is employed at FECED (a nationwide network of dance companies in Spain).




Kindred Spirit | NYC Premiere

Kindred Spirit is an excerpt of a multi-disciplinary production entitled “House of Love” that reflects our culture and heritage. The dancers pay homage to the ones that came before us and celebrate the cultural rhythms instilled deep within our souls. 


Choreographer: Michelle Isaac
Performers: Kaylyn Alston, Sarah Barratt, Paul Charles, Ashlyn Christina, Brianna Deceus, Kijana Jumo, Fréyani Patrice, Michael Peterson, Imani Nzingha
Music: Wailers by: Bobby McFerrin

About the Company

Co-Founded in 2014, the name “Ntrinsik” is taken from the word “Intrinsic” meaning “movement that comes from within.” Ntrinsik blends various Afro-infused styles with Modern and Jazz to create and produce original works. They have performed in various theaters in NYC and other locations in the United States. In 2018, Ntrinsik Movement launched a Pre-Professional Program called IFE The Movement, with the mission of giving young, gifted dancers access to intense training, professional performance experience, and artistic development.



El Toro | NYC Premiere

Set to Edith Pilaf and Lhasa de Sela, El Toro is a contemporary ballet duet. El Toro, choreographed by Aaron Atkins, will make its NYC premiere at Battery Dance Festival.



Choreographer: Aaron Atkins

Performers: Artists of Ballet Inc.
Music: Edith Pilaf / Lhasa de Sela

About the Company

Ballet Inc. gives a platform to an array of diverse, talented artists while challenging the performing arts and dance normative. Our goal is provide opportunities to these individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, body type or traditional dancer ‘limitations’. Ballet Inc. combines an eclectic accessible range of genres of dance to create an individual contemporary ballet aesthetic that showcases each artist’s uniqueness and prowess.





Tsu-Ku-Tsu explores the balance and order of a regal procession giving way to full-throttle pandemonium of tumbling, leaps, and rebounds. Set to a reverberating original score from famed taiko drummer Leonard Eto, the warrior rhythms echo as bodies combine and lock into striking sculptural shapes. 

Artistic Directors: Alison Chase and Jessica Bendig
Choreographer: Alison Chase
Performers: Ricardo Barrett, Jessica Bendig, Paris Cullen, Connor Dealy, Colin Holbrook, Jillian Linkowski
Music: Leonard Eto
Costume Designer: Angelina Avallone

About the Company

Alison Chase/Performance is a multi-media and athletic dance/theater company founded by Alison Chase in 2010. AC/P Is dedicated to the development of dramatic forms of physical expressions by breaking down the barriers between the fields of dance, theater, performance art, and technology. Called the “Mother of Invention,” Ms. Chase co-founded Pilobolus Dance Theater and MOMIX, creating more than 50 works for stage. She established AC/P to pursue her creative vision of bold collaborations with the arts community.