AUG 18 | In-Person & Livestreamed 


Tonight’s closing performance at our inaugural season in Rockefeller Park is a showcase of the best of dance in our world today. We will have 3 debut performances from tap, ballet, and contemporary companies from NYC and Texas. Finally, we’ll bid you farewell with four offerings from some festival favorites. 


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, and the Consulate General of Canada in New York.


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


Thank you everyone for joining us this week, and see you again next year!

Time & Location 

In-person: 7pm EDT at Rockefeller Park. Click here for directions.

Livestream: https://vimeo.com/855855536?share=copy

The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 28.

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Two smiling tap dancers in front of a bright pink background.


Softly as in a Morning Glow – extended set | NYC Premiere

Starting as a duet, Toru choreographed “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” with an exploration of flow, rhythm, grounding, and playfulness in mind; Adriana first choreographed to “Moonglow” in 2012 as a dedication to Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, and this is a living piece with choreography that evolves and deepens alongside new understandings. In this set, Toru will premiere a new acapella tribute to Lon Chaney as well as another piece (set to music) to explore understandings of John Coltrane and spirituality. Adriana’s new piece touches on how names connect to legacies and what is inherited within legacies. This set is our first expanded collaboration, and we are thrilled to also feature collaborations with music producer Nkosi Edwards.


Choreographer: Adriana Ogle and Toru Sakuragi, with improvisation by the performers
Performers: Nkosi Edwards, Addi Loving, Adriana Ogle, Funmilayo Sofola, Tommy Wasiuta
Music: Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”, John Coltrane’s “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise”, Cab Calloway’s “Moonglow”, original music by Nkosi Edwards
Music arrangements by: Adriana Ogle and Toru Sakuragi
Music editing by: Mikiya Ito and Nkosi Edwards
Floor provided by Music From The Sole

About the Company

Adriana Ogle dances with tap companies Subject:Matter and Music From The Sole. She is an alumna of the 2019 Tap Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and received the Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence. Recent highlights include: the TODAY show, premiered original choreography via Mare Nostrum Element’s “2023 Emerging Choreographer Series”, and the 2022 Little Island Music and Dance Festival.

Toru Sakuragi is a Japanese tap dancer and choreographer from Kobe, Japan. He studied under Shimizu Mitsuyo and performed throughout Kobe, including at the Kobe Cultural Hall. Since moving to NYC, he was a student of the 2021 Tap Program at Jacob’s Pillow and also performed at the 2022 Little Island Music and Dance Festival.


One ballet dancer supports another ballet dancer as she arches backwards.



“Wind-Up” is a playful contemporary ballet for 4 dancers drawing inspiration from flocking birds and what their relationships might be to each other, with music by Ryan Anthony Francis. The music also borrows themes from other musical works that reference birdsong. “Wind-Up” premiered at New York Theatre Ballet’s Lift Lab Live April 2021.


Choreographer: Amanda Treiber
Dancers: Victor Abreu*, Alexis Branagan, Giulia Faria** and Mónica Lima**
Music: “Wind-Up Birds Preludes” by Ryan Anthony Francis, performed by Vicky Chow
*Courtesy of New York City Ballet
**Courtesy of New York Theatre Ballet

About the Company

Amanda Treiber, formally principal dancer with New York Theatre Ballet, is a dancer and choreographer based in NYC. Ms. Treiber’s choreographic debut “Wind-Up” with music by Ryan Anthony Francis premiered in NYTB’s Lift Lab Live in April 2021, and received critical acclaim. Ms. Treiber was awarded a NY City Artist Corp grant in 2021. Additionally, Ms. Treiber has appeared with Gemma Bond Dance, Co•Lab Dance, David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company, Tom Gold Dance, on television in FX’s Pose, and in the Park Avenue Armory’s production of De Materie. Other honors include performing in the 11th Annual Classical Ballet Gala in Managua, Nicaragua, 15th Festival Internacional de Ballet de Trujillo, as well as the ribbon cutting ceremony for Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow.


One dancer stands on another dancer's shoulders and they lean forward. A group of dancers on the floor are preparing to catch him.


In My Your Head | NYC Premiere

In My Your Head by Bruce Wood Dance artistic director and resident choreographer, Joy Bollinger, is a highly relevant, viscerally kinetic work to the music of British pop band Radiohead. The piece explores the emotional turmoil of a disillusioned generation in contemporary American society. In the midst of a divisive political landscape, In My Your Head explores the effects of propaganda, government distrust, and future frailty. Bollinger’s work moves from the mundane, to the mad, to the mournful at a frenetic, tender, and riveting pace.


Choreographer: Joy Bollinger
Dancers: Jaime Borkan, Alex Brown, Jillyn Bryant, Kevyn Butler, Sofia Downing Ortega, Lauren Hibbard, Ali Marshall, Weaver Rhodes, Mia Rosin, Elliott Trahan, Cole Vernon, Seth York
Music and Composer: Radiohead 

About the Company

Bruce Wood Dance is a nationally-recognized contemporary dance company based in Dallas, TX. Founded in 2010 by acclaimed choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014), the company harnesses the power of dance to entertain, enrich, and heal. Led by artistic director Joy Bollinger, the company has toured to Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform, Tulsa’s Summer Heat International Dance Festival, and more. Repertoire includes work by Bruce Wood, Joy Bollinger, Lar Lubovitch, Omar Román De Jesus, Yin Yue, Bryan Arias, Garrett Smith, among others.


Black and white image of a dancer doing a handstand and arching their legs over another dancer.



Originally created for Montréal Danse in 1987, this remarkable dance for two men explores variations on the theme of not failing someone. Lifting or supporting a body always implies some kind of trust, and this choreography by James Kudelka distills this bedrock faith. Filled with symbols of male strength, and also male reliance, the movement embodies the notion that these are two solitudes that both border and protect each other.

This performance is supported by the Consulate General of Canada in New York.


Choreographer: James Kudelka
Performers: Sully Malaeb Proulx, Connor Mitton
Music: Gavin Bryars’ Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

About the Company

Citadel + Compagnie is an artistic and community entity with a dual purpose. It is at once both place and people.

The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance is a remarkable building nestled in the Regent Park neighborhood of Toronto. Since 2012, The Citadel has established itself as an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform, and where the community can learn, communicate, and share.

The Citadel also acts as home to its own professional dance company, led by artistic director Laurence Lemieux, and plays host to a range of creative incubator and residency programs for some of Canada’s most interesting emerging choreographers and dance companies.


On a stage with red lighting, one dancer holds another dancer on his leg.


Like Those Playground Kids at Midnight

“Playground Kids” is a journey towards self empowerment. We study our internal conflicts in relation to what is deemed acceptable within our political and societal body. The work takes the audience on a sensual journey of fearless narratives.

*Playground Kids premiered at the 2020 Chop Shop: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, Seattle, WA. This engagement was supported by the festival and the generosity of our donors.


Choreographer: Omar Román De Jesús
Dancers: Omar Román De Jesús and Ian Spring
Music: Prologue – Tango Apasionada by Astor Piazzolla; Apres un Reve, Op. 7, No.1 by Gabriel Faure, Yo-Yo Ma; Buenos Aires hora cero by Gidon Kremer
Mentor: Risa Steinberg

About the Company

Omar Román De Jesús is a queer, puertorriqueño choreographer and company director who creates rhythmic narratives through classical and contemporary dance forms, improvisation, and dance theater techniques.


One dancer on a stage holds a handstand with their legs bent.


POWER | World Premiere

POWER Is a solo dance work which explores the concept of power from several perspectives. Movement wise, the work experiments with the idea of power and control in the body, and the dynamism of flow and softness, journeying from zero to 100 and back from 100 to zero. It is also about the act of manifesting, i.e. the power to make things happen that exists within each of us.  It is about making and achieving goals. Finally, the piece also celebrates the power of nature: the wind, a force that we can feel, but we can’t see; that force that passes before the sun without leaving a trace, a pressure to ” flow ” that you can’t halt, but can keep.

This performance is supported by DutchCultureUSA at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York.


Choreographer & Dancer: Reuel Rogers
Music: ”Hale” Dan Bay & Idd Aziz

About the Company

Reuel “Crunk” Rogers is a dancer/teacher/coach/choreographer. Reuel studied at Codarts, the renowned dance academy in Rotterdam, before returning to his home island of Curaçao, where he has since been performing, teaching and choreographing. He has created a unique style of dance all his own, based in urban dance, hip hop and break dance, combined with contemporary sensibilities through his mentorship with Battery Dance. Reuel has traveled as far as China, Egypt, and Israel for dance competitions, and performed in Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Slovakia. This will be his third appearance at the Battery Dance Festival.


In front of a gray background, four dancers lean to the left with their left hand covering their ear.


The Wind in the Olive Grove

Saeed Hani explores the sense of home in Hofmann’s Olive Grove and Wind paintings, and its relation to the natural beauty of Syria and the spiral of war that has forced a generation of artists to flee.  The olive tree is a symbol of his Syrian homeland and reminds him  of a time of innocence during his childhood when no one could  conceive that events would tear the country apart. In utter contrast is Hofmann’s representation of wind which represents, for  Hani, the upheaval and chaos that descended on his country and forced him to leave.

This performance is made possible by The Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust.


Choreography: Saeed Hani
Music: Jakob Schumo
Costumes: Carolin Schäfer
Lighting Design: Leonardo Hidalgo
Dancers: Sarah Housepian, Vivake Khamsingsavath, Jillian Linkowski, Zaki A’Jani Marshall, Amy Saunder, Razvan Stoian

About the Company

Battery Dance performs on the world’s stages, teaches, presents, and advocates for the field of dance. The Company is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the Arts to everyone. An integral part of the fabric of New York City since 1976, Battery supports the creative process; educates children in the New York City schools; enriches the general public through local programs and performances, national and international tours, and international arts exchange programs.

Battery Dance is a community-spirited presenter with the free annual Battery Dance Festival, introducing New Yorkers to over 350 dance companies in more than 40 years.