<strong>Battery Dance presents Battery Dance NOW</strong>

Battery Dance presents Battery Dance NOW

Battery Dance presents Battery Dance NOW, featuring the work of three female choreographers, on March 8-11, 2023 at 7pm at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St., NYC

In its New York Live Arts debut, Battery Dance has assembled Battery Dance NOW, a program of three contemporary dance works that explore time and transitions: Robin Cantrell’s The Liminal Year captures the natural resistance to isolation and the need to fight against fear; Ana Maria Lucaciu’s It Goes By Quick explores the urgency and frustration of seeing time slip away; Tsai Hsi Hung’s A Certain Mood was inspired by the contrasting shift from dark to light in the work of abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann.

Robin Cantrell is a native of St. Paul Minnesota and received her BFA in ballet performance at the University of Utah. During her two-decade career on stage, Robin danced with City Ballet of San Diego, Rioult, and Rebecca Kelly Ballet. She was a member of Battery Dance from 2008 to 2020. With Battery, Robin has had the opportunity to perform, teach, and present her own choreography in over 60 countries worldwide.

Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City and Antwerp, Belgium. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria danced with Canada’s National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and more. She has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. She regularly assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman. Ana Maria is currently rehearsal director for Opera Ballet Flanders.

Tsai Hsi Hung is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A graduate of Taipei National University of the Arts, she has worked with the Australian Dance Theater, Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, and Chunky Move Dance Company Dancers. Since moving to the U.S., she has received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and her choreography was selected by the Joffrey Academy of Dance for “Winning Works” performance in Chicago.

Each work is set to an original music score. The Liminal Year and It Goes By Quick have never been presented in a theater before; both premiered at the 2021 Battery Dance Festival and will now receive full lighting and staging during this engagement at New York Live Arts.

As an added feature to the evening, Battery Dance presents the world premiere of GREY, a music video featuring two Company artists, Jillian Linkowski and Razvan Stoian, who were commissioned by the band Eventually Epic to appear in this three-minute film.

In addition to four ticketed performances, Battery Dance will present a free matinee for New York City public school students. This performance is made possible with the support of the The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

Battery Dance is proud to present this program as part of its 47th annual New York City Season, which follows six months spent performing and teaching in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Founded in 1976 by Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander, Battery Dance is a creative catalyst with a dual commitment to exceptional artistry and social impact. In its 46 years onstage, Battery Dance has presented more than 130 original works by Jonathan Hollander, company dancers, and guest choreographers. The Company is among New York City’s foremost cultural ambassadors through its participation in international performing arts festivals, conferences and symposia throughout 70 countries on 6 continents. Through the award-winning Dancing to Connect program, the company uses dance as a tool for building social cohesion and resolving conflict throughout the world.

Tickets for Battery Dance NOW are $35 (standard), $20 (student/senior/veteran), and $75 (VIP opening night reception). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tickets.batterydance.org.

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