Spoken Word & Dance II
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of poetry by Gazan writer Yahya Ashour and solo dance performances by:

Sarah Housepian

Vivake Khamsingsavath

Jillian Linkowski

Zaki A’Jani Marshall

Amy Saunder

Razvan Stoian

Durgesh Gangani, International Guest Artist


About the Program

Battery Dance conducted workshops and a performance in the Palestinian Territories in July, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Palestinian Affairs.  Soon after, Yahya Ashour came to the University of Iowa from Gaza as a fellow of the International Writing Program.  With this program, we introduce Yahya to our New York audience and our dancers respond to his poetry with their original creations.


About Yahya

Yahya Ashour is a poet from Gaza City and a fall resident of the University of Iowa’s 2022 International Writing Program. His children’s book That’s Why Ryan Walks Like This (2021) won the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum Award.  His published work includes the poetry collection You’re A Window, They’re Clouds (2018) and contributions to five books with other writers in Arabic and English. His writing has appeared in numerous online magazines translated into English and French. He is currently working on a new poetry collection. 

Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance Fall Performance
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Photo by Rebecca Miller 


Join us at the National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts for EMDOD’s Fall Performance, featuring some of New York’s hottest choreographers and celebrating the work of EMDOD Founder/Artistic Director and NDI’s Artist-In-Residence, Fredrick Earl Mosley!


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The program for this performance includes:

Adrienne Hurd’s World Premiere

Battery Dance (“The Wind in the Olive Grove” by Saeed Hani)

Brooklyn High School of the Arts (Michelle Smith’s World Premiere)

Fredrick Earl Mosley’s “Take Five”

Fredrick Earl Mosley’s World Premiere

Kanyok Arts Initiative (Clifton Brown’ World Premiere)

National Dance Initiative (Kay Gayner Choreography)


The 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. “The olive tree is a symbol of my Syrian homeland and reminds me of a time of innocence during my childhood, when no one could conceive that events would tear the country apart,” he said. “In utter contrast is Hofmann’s representation of wind which represents for me the upheaval and chaos that descended on my country and forced me to leave.” These strong emotions are channeled into “The Wind in the Olive Grove.”


Saeed Hani

Saeed Hani, a Syrian-German dancer, choreographer, and the director of Hani Dance Company, was born in Syria and received his early training at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. After his graduation, he joined the prestigious Caracalla Dance Company in Beirut, Lebanon. In the fall of 2015, he moved to Trier, Germany and founded his company, HANI DANCE, in 2016. In his work, Hani explores concepts such as power, dynamism and the mind using tools such as nude art, contemporary dance, and visual art. Hani has worked with Battery Dance over the past three years in the context of “Dancing to Connect for Refugee Integration.” His work, “Wind in the Olive Grove” premiered in New York City in the Spring of 2022 as a part of Battery Dance’s collaboration with the Renate, Maria, and Hans Hofmann Trust. 

Dancing to Connect – Vietnam 2022
Nov 15 – Nov 25 all-day

Battery Dance returns to Vietnam for a two-week tour which will include teacher-training workshops with Vietnam’s esteemed Arabesque Dance Company, Battery Dance’s signature Dancing to Connect program for youth in Da Nang, and a free public performance in Da Nang on Friday, November 25th. ​


Da Nang Activities

Dancing to Connect Workshops

Battery Dance will partner with Arabesque teachers to facilitate Dancing to Connect workshops for 43 Vietnamese youth participants from the Da Nang College of Arts. These workshops will be preceded by three days of training in the Dancing to Connect methodology for the Arabesque dancers.

Dates & Times: November 20 – 24, from 1pm – 5:30pm daily
Location: Da Nang College of Culture and Arts
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Vietnam Poster 2022 - Vive Khamsingsavath dancing against a backdrop of NY Harbor

Free Public Performance

This free performance will include the world premiere of a Piece d’Occasion, a duet choreographed and performed by Battery Dance members Sarah Housepian and Vivake Khamsingsavath, one work from the repertoire of Arabesque Vietnam, choreographed by Artistic Director Nguyen Tan Loc, and two works created by Dancing to Connect participants from the Da Nang College of Culture and Arts.

Date & Time: Friday, November 25 at 7pm
Location: Trung Vuong Theater
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Da Nang Poster 2022 - English


About the Local Partner

Arabesque was founded in 2008 by choreographer Nguyen Tan Loc as the first private neo-classical and contemporary dance company in Ho Chi Minh City. Since its founding, the company has focused on the training and development of professional dancers and on creating an inclusive environment for the creation of new unique dance works. Arabesque’s vision is to promote Vietnamese culture to the world through dance, to bring international dance culture to Vietnam, and to strengthen and build the contemporary dance field in Vietnam. 

Arabesque dancers posing in a group shot


Battery Dance’s Vietnam project is sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General HCMC and by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund. 

U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City logo

Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund Logo



Dancing to Connect – Indonesia 2022
Nov 24 – Dec 14 all-day
 Battery Dance extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the communities impacted by the recent earthquake in West Java.  

Battery Dance returns to Indonesia for a three-week, multi-city tour which will include Dancing to Connect programs in Makassar, Palangka Raya, Serang, and Mataram, six public performances, as well as virtual conversations with experts in the field, which will air live at American Corners. 


Virtual Panels

Topic: Celebrating Diversity Through Performing Arts Collaborations

Jakarta Time: Thursday, November 24, 7pm-8:30pm
New York Time:
Thursday, November 24, 7am-8:30am


  • Rachel Cooper, American arts producers and Director of Global Performing Arts and Culture as Diplomacy Initiatives at the Asia Society
  • Rusdy Rukmatara, Co-Founder and Artistic director of Jakarata’s EKI Dance Company
  • Jonathan Hollander, President & Artistic Director of Battery Dance
  • Moderated by Rakaputra Paputungan

Hosted by the Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC)
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Topic: Using dance to help maintain mental wellbeing in times of stress, and optimizing dance to support post-trauma recovery for people in areas affected by natural disaster.

Jakarta Time: Monday, November 28, 9am-10:30am
New York Time: Sunday, November 27, 9pm-10:30pm


  • Ashley Fargnoli, American dance/movement therapist, licensed psychotherapist, choreographer, filmmaker, and Fulbright scholar
  • Gianti Giadi, Indonesian dancer, choreographer and educator
  • Emad Salem, VP & COO, Battery Dance

This conversation will air live from the American Corner of Muhammadiya University Yogyakarta (UMY) 

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Dancing to Connect Workshops

November 29 – December 2
Locations: Batara Gowa Institute & Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM)

Palangka Raya
December 6 – 9
Workshop Location Coming Soon

December 6 – 9
Location: Rumah Dunia

December 6 – 9
Workshop Location Coming Soon

December 12, 1pm – 2:30 pm at LabSchool Cirendeau
December 12, 3:3opm – 5pm at Kharisma Bangsa School”
December 13, 9am – 12pm at Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ)
December 14, 9am – 12pm at Salihara



Saturday, December 3 @ 7pm
Venue: Wisma Kalla, Jl. Ratulangi
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Program: Battery Dance will perform A Certain Mood choregraphed by Tsai Hsi Hung, and performances by dancers from the Batara Gowa Institute, and Dancing to Connect participants

Palangka Raya
December 10 @ 1pm
Venue: TBD
Program: Duet performance by Battery dancers Sarah Housepian and Vivake Khamsingsavath, along with performances by Dancing to Connect participants

December 10 @ 1pm
Venue: TBD
Program: Duet performance by Battery dancers Amy Saunder and Zaki A’Jani Marshall, along with performances by Dancing to Connect participants

December 10 @ 1pm
Venue: TBD
Program: Duet performance by Battery dancers Jillian Linkowski and Razvan Stoian, along with performances by Dancing to Connect participants

December 13 @ 1pm
Venue: IKJ Theater
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Program: Battery Dance will perform A Certain Mood, choreographed by Tsai Hsi Hung

December 14 @ 1:30pm
Venue: @America
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Program: Battery Dance will perform solos and duets during an interactive event



Battery Dance’s Indonesia project is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Jakarta  

Battery Dance Festival Application Deadline 2023
Jan 6 all-day


Deadline to Apply for the 42nd Annual Battery Dance Festival