The 38th Annual
Battery Dance Festival
in association with Battery Park City Authority
August 11-17, 2019
Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival with free performances from August 11-16, 2019 from 7-9 pm against the backdrop of New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing performance on August 17, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University. Tickets for the closing performance are $10.00; or $65 including after-reception. For more information, visit http://batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival/. Tickets for August 17 will be available beginning 7/6.
Established by Battery Dance in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City's longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn 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.
The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that New York City offers, with 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 Festival Lineup 2019
Ashlé Dawson-Breaking Conformity Productions
Ballet Boy Productions
B-E - Lithuania
Buglisi Dance Theatre
Emma Evelien Dance - Netherlands
Escuela de Danza IMA - Paraguay
Jon Ole Olstad
Keerati Jinakunwiphat // DIVE
Laboration Art Company - France
Leah Barsky and Cristian Correa - Argentina
Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC
Music from the Sole
SEAD's Bodhi Project - Austria
Socharart Ensemble- Ghana
Water Street Dance Milwaukee
Support for the 2019 Battery Dance Festival
American Express, Lead Sponsor; Public Funds have been provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin's Office. Generous sponsorship provided by Fund for the City of New York, Goldman Sachs, Austrian Cultural Forum, The Netherlands Consulate in New York, Performing Arts Fund Netherlands, Weill Cornell Medicine.
ABOUT BATTERY DANCE
Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982 as part of its engagement 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
GROUPS ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES TO PERFORM “UNITY SONGS” A FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK
THE ALL MALE AND ALL FEMALE ENSEMBLES WILL PERFORM
SONGS OF PEACE, LOVE AND HEROISM IN NYC AT THE
ROBERT F. WAGNER PARK AT BATTERY PLACE ON MAY 12th
(New York, NY) – As U.S. relations with Russia remain strained, two of Moscow’s internationally acclaimed music organizations, the M.Turetsky Choir (an all male a cappella ensemble and musical collective) and Soprano Art Group (an all female acapella ensemble and musical collective) are heading to New York to sing songs of peace, love and heroism as part of their joint world tour UNITY SONGS. At its core, the concert uses music to unite humanity with an eye on peace and love in times of war and strife. The groups will have played in Israel, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Slovenia and Belarus before concluding in the United States on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Place in Manhattan. The concert begins at 4PM and is free and open to the general public.
The program, directed by the legendary bandleader Mikhail Turetsky, has become an international sensation combining the songs about peace, love and heroism. The songs will be sung in a variety of languages including English, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Italian.
M.Turetsky Choir features a large group of male soloists with magical voices ranging from tenor-contralto to basso-profundo, spanning four-and-a-half octaves that create astounding harmonies, as well as talented musicians playing piano, violin, guitar, drums. The artists have no boundaries repertory – from world classic to rock, from pop to opera, from Jazz to folk hits. Established in 1989, M.Turetsky Choir has been performing for more than two decades to sold-out venues in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, etc), Europe and Asia. The Choir always receives a warm welcome in each American city it has toured, and there is always high synergy with their American fans. After several performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center and other leading American venues, the legendary band looks forward to revisiting the U.S. and sharing this innovative project. Every concert is unique and tailored to each city.
Mr. Turetsky is committed to create an “unforgettable and inimitable experience where the atmosphere of good will, joy and mutual understanding among cultures will triumph.” It is worth noting that M.Turetsky Choir never ended any performance in the US without singing their signature song “God Bless America.” The choir will be joined by the Soprano Art Group, a fabulous women’s group that combines all existing singing voices from the highest (soprano) to the lowest (mezzo). Each soloist has her own singing style, from academic to folk and pop- jazz. The artists not only sing, but also play different musical instruments (violin, saxophone, keyboards). The group also sings a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment (piano, guitar, drums).
According to Mr. Turetsky, the show’s repertoire is “a newly conceptualized, multi-genre performance that blends elements of theatre and opera in a brilliant interpretation of melodies performed in a variety of styles, in ten different languages, and sung by incredible voices!”
Gates open early, but the event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The show is appropriate forany age. Admission is free.
May 12, 2018 | 4pm
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
20 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
For press credentials or interview opportunities with the performers e-mail Dan DeMello at firstname.lastname@example.org