AUG 14 | Black Voices in Dance



The 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival opens this year with  a celebration of Black Voices in Dance, standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. This program features works that explore individuality, community, and the sometimes uneasy relationship between.


Introduction by Danni Gee, Curator of Dance at SummerStage.


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This work explores the questions: “What do you want to shed? What masks do you wear? How do you get to your core? How do we constantly rediscover and unlearn ourselves within the environment in which we coexist.”

About the Company

Co.D, founded under the direction of Dorchel Haqq, made its NYC debut at Triskelion SummerFest in July 2019, immediately earning its first commission for Triskelion’s Springa SplitBill in April 2020. The company cultivates multi-disciplinary performance as a resource for the community, providing both an outlet and a platform.



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This solo work investigates the complications of one’s relationship to the self as a commentary on day-to-day experience.

About the Artist

William Ervin’s choreography has been presented at Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, Equilibrium Choreographer showcase, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, University of Illinois, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, Montclair State University, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, State Farm Center, and American College Dance Association. He was a semifinalist in Jacob’s Pillow’s Chance to Dance contest.



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Conceived during a residency in Tambacounda, Senegal, Jackson characterizes his work as an exploration of migration and the effects that a departure has on the individual and the community that the individual has left behind.  

About the Company

Jamal Jackson Dance Company, founded in 2004, fuses traditional African dance styles with contemporary movement to create a unique technique and narratives that redefine community while celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. 




The spirit/deity Eshu is known widely in the Caribbean as the guardian of the crossroads. The choreography sources Trinidadian and Haitian folkloric dance, drawing from the islands’ different representations of the same diety; and presents an offering for those facing decisions in their lives.

About the Company

Kofago Dance Ensemble exists at the nexus of African dance traditions and the Black experience in America. Our work is focused on healing and ritual through the performing arts. Founded by artistic director Kevin McEwen, Kofago’s repertoire pulls heavily from his 20 years of dance experience. The company’s work, steeped in traditions from West Africa and the Caribbean, focuses on community healing and empowerment through the performing arts.