Battery Dance Festival is an annual free international dance festival produced in August by Battery Dance Company at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City and Schimmel Center in Manhattan’s Financial District.
About 12,000 people watch dancers perform on a custom-built stage in the park with the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor as a backdrop. The stage is a metaphor for using dance to find personal and collective freedom. Ironically, in one we find the other.
Battery Dance Company does arts-in-education work in New York City and has a truly impressive record of international cultural exchange.
37th Battery Dance Festival 2018
The 37th Battery Dance Festival presents 25 companies from 8 countries around the world.
Free Opening Night Movie
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Free Outdoor Performances
Sunday – Friday
August 12 – 17, 2018
7 – 9 pm
Ariel Rivka Dance (Jewish)
Ballet Nepantla (Mexican)
Caterina Rago Dance Company (Italian)
Citadel + Compagnie (French – Canadian)
Iker Karrera Dance Company (Spanish)
Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswanan / African)
The Botswanan dance company presents Borwa by Andrew Letso Kola.
Paranoyak Crew (Gabonese / African)
Free Closing Show & Ticketed VIP Reception
The closing show is also free. VIP seating and an after party reception are available for $65.
- Battery Dance
- Skopje Dance Theater (Macedonia)
- Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana)
Financial District, Manhattan
Saturday, August 18, 2018
$65 VIP reception
36th Annual Battery Dance Festival 2017
Outdoor performances at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, August 13-18, 2017 from 7-9pm followed by an open disco dance party.
Closing event and reception at Schimmel Center in the Financial District, August 19, 2017 6-8pm. It’s free, but reservations are required. They will be available August 1 at email@example.com
Many wonderful dance companies participate in the festival. These are the Latin ones.
Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea Republica Dominicana
The National Contemporary Dance Company of the Dominican Republic has a repertoire that extends from Contemporary to Latin dance. We’re Dominican. We can really dance. The company performs on Monday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 16.
The company is giving a workshop at Battery Dance Studios in the Financial District on Tuesday, August 15 from 10:30am – 12pm. Required RSVP opens August 1. Free
Compañía Elías Aguirre
Elías Aguirre is an urban dancer and choreographer who has a special relationship with nature. One of his inspirations is parkour, the free running use of urban architecture that is a bit like Super Mario Brothers in the real world.
The company is giving a workshop at Battery Dance Studios in the Financial District on Wednesday, August 16 from 10:30am – 12pm. Required RSVP opens August 1. Free
For more information, visit www.batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival