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

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


Battery Dance


Robert F. Wagner Park / Online


Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 7:00pm
Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 7:00pm
Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm
Friday, August 20, 2021 - 7:00pm



Battery Dance

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.


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