On May 11, the evening performance will include a pre-performance talk at 6:30pm: "The Role of the Arts as a Vehicle for Public Diplomacy" by Cornell University Professor Dr. Penny von Eschen, with an introduction by AFS-USA President Jorge Castro.
The artistry that has propelled Battery Dance into international prominence and its passionate social activism will merge as the Company unveils five new works in its 41st Annual New York Season at Schimmel Center. With the presence of dancers from Iraq and Romania on stage and the joining of creative forces with an Armenian-Syrian visual artist and Syrian and Tunisian composers, the Company's collaborative spirit is boosted to an all-time high.
"On recent tours of Europe, Africa, South and East Asia and the American Midwest, we have seen the power of dance to bring people together and to express emotions that cannot be touched by words alone," said Jonathan Hollander, artistic director of Battery Dance. "Within the fabric of our own work, we benefit from the diverse backgrounds and stories of our artists who constantly gain from the interchange of cultures from within and without. Never before have we had an array as varied as are present in the new works being presented in our New York Season." ...