Battery Dance will present the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival with FREE virtual performances from August 14-22, 2020, available online nightly 7 to 8 p.m. via YouTube. Films will remain only through August 31, 2020.
Themed evenings will include World and U.S. Premieres on film, with works from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Pieces will celebrate the resiliency of New York City and the festival itself. A special India program will be presented on August 15, India’s Independence Day.
New York City’s Longest-Running Free Public Dance Festival
Established in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) has been celebrated as New York City‘s longest-running free public dance festival as well as one of its most wide-ranging. Audiences are traditionally drawn to Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City from the large downtown working population, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people in person. The audience will be multiplied many times over with the ability to attract viewers from the entire world this year.
Annually, the Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF places a strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Robert Battle, Michelle Dorrance and Jacqulyn Buglisi have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Battery Dance TV
Faced with the curtailment of all of its live programs in March, the company went online and invented Battery Dance TV. Hundreds of classes, performances and interviews have been broadcast across 135 countries, with 260,000 views within the first three months.
To learn more, visit www.batterydance.org.