AUG 19 | In-Person & Livestreamed 


Captivating performances fill the evening by companies hailing from Spain, Canada, Texas, and New York. Tonight’s program is the last day of free outdoor performances at Robert F. Wagner Park during the Festival before we head indoors for our closing performance at Schimmel Center tomorrow night .


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/vFoEa8muS0U

The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 29th.

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Face What’s Facing You!

Choreographed by company dancer Claude Alexander III, Face What’s Facing You! is an honest, soul-stirring work addressing the facing of life’s challenges.




Artistic Director: Melissa M. Young
Choreographer: Claude Alexander III
Dancers: Hana Delong with Carmen Cage, Sierra Noelle Jones, Elijah W. Lancaster, Bianca Melidor, Charles Michael Patterson, Daniel Palladino, Jessica Popoff, Terrell Rogers, Jr., Sean J. Smith, De’Anthony Vaughan, Isabel Wallace-Green, and McKinley Willis
Music: Nicholas Britell, Nico Muhly, Peter Gabriel, Bryce Dessner, Wardruna

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams and under the direction of the Artistic Director, Melissa M. Young, the mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. With an ever-expanding national and global audience, the company employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.




Choreographed by Lane Gifford, Swerve explores society’s deviating, swerving away from the foundational principles of nature. Society in conflict is manifested first in social upheaval followed by environmental unraveling.


Choreographer: Lane Gifford
Performers: Lane Gifford
Music: Compilation by Lane Gifford with compositions by Shuttle358, Toby Marks, David Byrne and The Talking Heads, Text from BBC World Service/The Real Story

About the Company

Lane Gifford’s multidisciplinary approach draws from narrative-based critical themes surrounding communication in today’s technologically-driven world. After attending Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (BFA/MFA), she founded LaneCoArts in 2006. Her multi-arts view of dance grew from early experiences living/working abroad as a dancer, developed with experiments as both artist and choreographer, and later evolved as she entered the film industry as a designer/producer with Sony Music. LaneCoArts has performed and taught throughout the USA.



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).




Unfolding explores choreographer Ae-Soon Kim’s cultural roots and life journey on three continents: Asia, Europe, and America. The piece is a work that weaves together the people, places and things encountered in a lifetime to compose the soul.


Choreographer: Ae-Soon Kim
Performers: Shannon Luchs, Surianny Hidalgo, Faustine Lavie, Tsubasa Nishioka, Richard Sayama and Youlmae Kim
Music: Greg Wall and Shai Barchar, Janggu Drum Performance by Youlmae Kim. Additional Recorded Musical Performance by Zohara Niddam (Vocals) and Liron Peled (Percussion) 

About the Company

i KADA Contemporary Dance Company was formed in Sept, 2011 in NYC. KADA stands for Korean American Dance Association. We are a contemporary dance company focusing on cultural exchange through the arts. While our focus is dance, we also fuse visual arts, music, painting and photography into our shows and festivals. i KADA dance offers a unique program for our international students from Korea that no other companies are doing.



Wind in the Olive Grove

Saeed Hani explores the sense of home that Hofmann’s paintings “Olive Grove” and “The Wind” evoke for him. The artworks relate to the natural beauty of Syria and the spiral of war that has forced a generation of artists to flee. This piece was created as part of Battery Dance’s New York Season.


Choreographer: Saeed Hani
Performers: Sarah Housepian, Vivake Khamsingsavath, Jillian Linkowski, Zaki A’jani Marshall, Sara Seger, Razvan Stoian
Music: Jakob Schumo​

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.



Les Corps Avalés | U.S. Premiere

Against a backdrop of resilience and hope, Les Corps Avalés explores power relations, inequalities and social upheaval. Mastering the delicate balance between expressiveness and the vigorous physicality of her choreographic language, Brunelle directs seven dancers in a portrayal of a vulnerable humanity in search of gentleness and community.

This performance is supported by the Canadian Consulate in New York and the Québec Government Office in New York.



Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle

Performers: Sophie Breton, Alexandre Carlos, Sabrina Dupuis, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Marine Rixhon, Peter Trosztmer
Music: Quatuor Molinari – en résidence au Conservatoire de Montréal – Olga Ranzenhofer / violon, Antoine Bareil / violon, Frédéric Lambert / alto, Pierre-Alain Bouvrette / violoncelle

About the Company

It is first through the spectrum of music that Virginie Brunelle discovered her artistic fiber. After dedicating her childhood to the violin, she transfers this musical knowledge and her mastery of rhythm to a dance training (UQAM, 2007) creation profile. As soon as she graduated, she quickly borrowed gestures from classical dance that she liked to dirty and divert. Since the founding of her eponymous company in 2009, Virginie has created ten choreographic works that have been presented in more than fifty cities in twelve different countries, and she continues to be its general and artistic director. Deploying a choreographic approach that is both sensible and intuitive, her works form a repertoire characterized by the raw emotion of the performers and by the humanity of the subjects tackled.