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The 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival Announces Virtual and Live Performance Lineup

August 12, 2021 - August 20, 2021

Battery Dance announces the companies that will be featured in the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival with 16 international dance films from 14 countries from August 12-14 and in-person performances by 38 companies from August 15-20, 2021, at 7pm ET at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, New York City that will also be live-streamed. For more information, visit https://batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival/.

Battery Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, was established by Battery Dance as the Downtown Dance Festival in 1982. It normally draws audiences of approximately 2,000 people each night. The Festival went virtual last summer, attracting 30,000 viewers across 206 countries. This summer, it will run as a hybrid model with 6 nights of staged performances for in-person and live-streamed audiences, preceded by 3 nights of virtual performances by international artists.

“Dancing in the open air, with the river and sky in the background, is always a blissful Battery Dance Festival experience,” said Jonathan Hollander, President and Artistic Director, Battery Dance Company & Dancing to Connect. “This year, it will be even more exhilarating as people come out of isolation to witness the entrancing performances at Wagner Park. Before the action starts on stage, three nights of truly riveting dance films from many corners of the globe will be screened. Creativity was running high during the pandemic, and we have harvested a heady mix from voguing on a mountaintop in Lebanon to swing dancing in South Korea; commedia dell’arte in Mexico to birdlike flocking in the Netherlands.”

International Dance Film Festival, ONLINE ONLY, at 7pm ET
August 12, 2021
Introdans (The Netherlands)
Dance Troupe Braveman (South Korea)
Chilaquiles Rojos Colectivo (Mexico)
Nantea Dance Company (Tanzania)
Boca Tuya / Omar Román De Jesús (Puerto Rico/NYC)

August 13, 2021
Team AJC (South Korea)
Jiva Velázquez (Paraguay)
Bollwerkfilm (Switzerland)
Arabesque Vietnam (Vietnam)
Australian Dance Theatre (Australia)

August 14, 2021
Chenglong Tang (China)
Jill Crovisier (Luxembourg)
Abhilash Ningappa (India)
Dancing Earth Creations (United States)
Hoedy Saad (Lebanon)
Massala Company (France)

In-Person and Live-streamed Festival Performances at 7pm ET
August 15, 2021 – India Day
KATHAK: Parul Shah Dance Company featuring Parul Shah, Mohip Joarder with guest artist, Jin Won (two duets including “Yugal” by Kumudini Lakhia and a world premiere choreographed by Parul Shah)
BHARATANATYAM: Kasi Aysola & SaiSantosh Radhakrishnan (world premiere choreographed by Kasi Aysola)
KUCHIPUDI: Traditional Solo by Swathi Gundapuneedi-Atluri
BHARATANATYAM: Choreographer Maya Kulkarni presents two world premieres featuring Mesma Belsare, Aishwarya Medhav and Aishwarya Sriram
MUSICAL INTERLUDES: Eventually Epic with Sachin Premasuthan and Debarun Bhattacharjya 
SUTRADHAR (Narrator): Rajika Puri

August 16, 2021 – Young Voices in Dance 
Kate Louissaint & Nhyira Asante
Imani Gaudin
Spencer Everett & Isabella Aldridge
Brian Golden
Ramya Durvasula
Lily Summer Gee
Grace Yi-Li Tong
Kanyok Arts Initiative

August 17, 2021
Luke Hickey
Graciano Dance Projects
Company | E
Baye & Asa
Rohan Bhargava/Rovaco Dance Company
Jon Lehrer Dance Company

August 18, 2021
Dancing Wheels
Will Ervin – Erv Works Dance
Demi Remick & Dancers
Battery Dance
William Byram

August 19, 2021
CHR Project
Christian Warner
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
New York Theatre Ballet
Akira Uchida, Maddy Wright, Joshua Strmic
Christopher Williams
Dolly Sfeir
Battery Dance

August 20, 2021
Flamenco Vivo II
Ohiole Dibua
Ballet Nepantla
Galletto y Guzmán
Beatrice Capote
Battery Dance

Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982, engaging with its home community of lower Manhattan where it has been based since its founding in 1976. As one of America’s leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date. www.batterydance.org

Public Funds have been provided by Battery Park City Authority, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the NYC Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s Office. Generous sponsorship provided by The Fund for the City of New York, Goldman Sachs, Downtown Alliance, Dutch Culture USA, State Bank of India, Consulate General of India in New York, Romanian Cultural Institute, Cinedans, and Weill Cornell Medicine.


August 12, 2021
August 20, 2021