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AUG 19 | In-Person & Livestreamed 

 

A bouquet of eight New York City-based companies reveals the wonderful array of dance that thrives in the Big Apple. Feast your eyes and ears on an exploration of rhythm through tap, a duet about frustration in faith, the celebrated and innovative in classical ballet, and a collaboration of music and dance. A solo by New York City Ballet principal dancer, Taylor Stanley, and a theatrical exploration of dreamworlds, and a work by Battery Dance round out the program.

 

Thank you to our independent Curatorial Panel for shaping the program from over 240 applications. See detailed program information below.

 

*We strongly encourage that all in-person audience members wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

Time & Location 

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

Online: Click here to watch https://vimeo.com/589871330

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Program


CHR PROJECT

VIRTUOSO | NYC Premiere

The relationship between tap dance and musical instruments produces a combination of sounds and rhythms where there are no limits for creativity and exploration. Virtuoso will make its NYC Premiere at Battery Dance Festival.

Credits

Choreographer: Charles Renato
Performers: Rebecca Cannaday, Maddie Murphy, Eric Decaminada, Natalie Allan, Roxanne King and Charles Renato
Music and Composer: Clapping Music by Steve Reich, Polyrhythmic by CHR, Libertango by Michel Camilo & Tomatito, Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Chinatown, my Chinatown by Lionel Hampton, Hooves by Mikael Karlsson, Koffa by Detektivbyran

About the Company

Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Charles is a very known teacher and choreographer throughout the US and the world. He recently did a European tour teaching and performing in 8 countries. After he moved to NYC Mr. Renato has been working with Apt 33 directed by Chloe Arnold and performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance. He was part of the faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway and he is currently an Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and member of Break the Floor Productions.

www.charlesrenato.com

CHRISTIAN WARNER

Deliver Us

Originally created in 2015 to “Ave Maria” by Barbara Bonney, this duet was a choreographic response to inner frustrations with his faith and in an attempt to justify the chaos around him.  Warner revisited the work in the pandemic context of 2020 with a more developed movement language.

Credits

Choreographer: Christian Warner
Performers: Christian Warner and Kevin Pajarillaga
Music and Composer: “Ave Maria” by Barbara Bonney

About the Company

Christian A Warner is a New York-based freelance artist and choreographer. His performance credits include working with companies such as Boca Tuya, TU Dance, and Deeply Rooted; acquiring rep by Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, and Marcus J. Willis, he was also a founding dancer in “Come Through” – an evening-length collaboration with the Grammy-award winning band Bon Iver. Other dance credits include repertoire acquired by Aszure Barton, Troy Powell, Sonya Tayeh, & Dwight Rhoden. His choreography has led him to create at various universities.

www.instagram.com/itschristianalexander

JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY

846 (Rite of Spring) | World Premiere

In a reinterpretation of the classic Rite of Spring in which a maiden is sacrificed in a primitive ritual, Jackson asks why must our nation rely on the sacrifice of black bodies to survive? 846 (Rite of Spring) will make its World Premiere at Battery Dance Festival.

Credits

Artistic Director: Jamal Jackson
Choreographer: Jamal Jackson in collaboration with the dancers
Performers: Dianna Anderson-Guerrero, Rebecca Greenbaum, Jamal Jackson, Michele Lee, Emily Pacilio, Jacoby Pruitt, Lai-Lin Robinson, Tamara Thomas, Brion Vann
Music and Composer: Igor Stravinsky, Rite of Springa

About the Company

JJDC was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience but to pass on dance tradition to people of all ages.

www.jamaljacksondancecompany.org

NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

Rondo & Size of the Sky 

Rondo is Jerome Robbins’ pas de deux for two women choreographed in 1980 for New York City Ballet to music by Mozart. Original cast member, Kyra Nichols, staged this revival for NYTB. Size of the Sky, choreographed by Nicolo Fonte to music by Kelly Moran, was commissioned by NYTB for its 2021 spring season of LIFT Lab Live. New York Theatre Ballet, then called The Dance Ring, performed.

Credits

Artistic Director: Diana Byer
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins (Rondo), Nicolo Fonte (Size of the Sky)
Performers: Amanda Treiber and Giulia Faria (Rondo), Julian Donahue (Size of the Sky)
Musician: Michael Scales
Lighting Supervisor: Kelly Martin
Music and Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rondo in A Minor, k.511 (Rondo), Kelly Moran, Helix 2018, (Size of the Sky)
Costume Design: Sylvia Taalsohn Nola

About the Company

With its ever-expanding repertory, New York Theatre Ballet’s cutting-edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up-and-coming choreographers. Going strong for over 40 years, New York Theatre Ballet’s diversity in repertory explores the past while boldly taking risks on the future. Visit www.nytb.org for more information about the Company.

www.nytb.org

AKIRA UCHIDA, MADDY WRIGHT, & JOSHUA STRMIC

Full Stop. Start Again. | World Premiere

Two movement artists and a percussionist share an interest in the roles played inside the creative process and the desire to experiment with the exchange and redistribution of those roles as themes of power, control, dependency, and dialogue emerge.

Credits

Choreographer: Akira Uchida, Joshua Strmic and Maddy Wright
Performers: Akira Uchida, Joshua Strmic and Maddy Wright
Music and Composer: Joshua Strmic

About the Company

As three independent artists, each experienced in their respective realms, Akira Uchida, Joshua Strmic and Maddy Wright have looked forward to the prospect of an interdisciplinary collaboration of dance and music. In August of 2020, they began establishing their process as a trio, which has quickly developed into an active project called Full Stop. Start Again. After completing two residencies in 2021, the trio looks forward to continuing their work for future performance opportunities.

www.akirauchida.com

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

The Prayer of Daphnis | NYC Premiere

Excerpted from his reimagining of The Ballets Russe production of “Daphnis & Chloé” with Maurice Ravel’s 1912 score, Williams reappropriates themes of the second century novel by Greek romancer Longus on which it is based. This re-imagining of the original ballet’s dramatic scenario through a contemporary queer lens is performed by Taylor Stanley, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Credits

Choreographer: Christopher Williams
Performer: Taylor Stanley
Music and Composer: Excerpts from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé (1912) by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Costume Design: Aaron Cobbett

About the Artist

Christopher Williams is a “Bessie” award-winning choreographer working in NYC and abroad since 1999. His works have been presented internationally in Colombia, Holland, Spain, Malawi, France, England, Italy, and Russia as well as in many New York City venues including Lincoln Center, City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, PS 122, La Mama, and the 92nd Street Y. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

www.christopherwilliamsdance.org

BATTERY DANCE

Observatory

Created on commission following Battery Dance’s national tour of South Africa, Observatory is named for the Cape Town neighborhood where its choreographer Theo Ndindwa resides with creative partner Tanya Arshamian. The piece has traveled worldwide on the Company’s various State Department tours.

Credits

Choreographer: Theo Ndindwa
Performers: Jill Linkowski, Vive Khamsingsavath, Sarah Housepian, Sara Seger, Sean Scantlebury
Music and Composer: Supertramp, Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm Adam F

About the Company

Battery Dance was founded in 1976 in New York City’s Financial District by choreographer Jonathan Hollander, a Fulbright Lecturer and former professional dancer. The Company has since earned critical accolades for its exquisite choreography and virtuosic dancers, while becoming a leader in social activism at home and abroad. Battery Dance developed ‘Dancing to Connect’ in 2006, an arts education program that puts the tools of choreography into the hands of young people with or without prior dance training. Since then, 300,000 students in NYC public high schools and students in 60 countries around the world have benefited from this training.

batterydance.org