Battery Dance 2017 New York Season - Opening Night & Reception

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Battery Dance 2017 New York Season - Opening Night & Reception

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Schimmel Center for the Arts 3 Spruce Street New York, NY 10038

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Artistic Director: Jonathan Hollander

Dancers: Sean Scantlebury, Robin Cantrell, Mira Cook, Clement Mensah, Bethany Mitchell, Razvan Stoian with Hussein Smko, Iraqi dancer, First recipient of Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge

Visual Artist: Kevork Mourad

Production Designer: Barry Steele

*Proceeds from the event will help to support Battery Dance's work with refugees in Europe.

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The artistry that has propelled this company into international prominence and its passionate social activism will merge as Battery Dance unveils four new works in its 41st Annual New York Season at Schimmel Center for the Arts:

On Foot

Reflecting his company’s engagement with refugees and youth in conflict zones over the past decade, Jonathan Hollander has assembled artistic forces that pair the Company’s brilliant ensemble of dancers with Kevork Mourad and Kinan Azmeh, Syria-born visual artist and musician respectively; Tunisian composer Anouar Brahem; and Iraqi dancer Hussein Smko, first recipient of the Company’s Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge. This powerful collaboration yields choreography, visual imagery and music that pulsates with the life-force of refugees who overcome staggering odds to reach safety and promise in new lands, while mourning lost family and community members, perished dreams and destroyed homelands. Kevork Mourad will participate in the performances by making art that is projected onto the stage as the dance transpires, creating an immersive environment that is enhanced by the lighting design of Barry Steele.


Following the pattern it established in 2011 with Autobiographica and continued in 2013 with Perceptual Motion, Battery Dance unleashes the choreographic talents of its dancers in the creation of a new ensemble work with segments spearheaded by each Company member. The group Matmos created an album sampled from reenactments of battles from The American Civil War and it is against this “musical” background that Company members express their responses to living in the current chaotic political environment. Each dancer has chosen a unique cut from the album and their movements are kinetic, athletic, fast-paced and visceral.

Double Knot

Channeling the talents of two young male dancers, Hussein Smko from Iraq and Razvan Stoian from Romania, Battery Dance’s own Sean Scantlebury crafts a propulsive duet evoking imagery of wrestlers, gladiators, compatriots, competitors and brothers. Recently, Scantlebury was honored to be included in’s “15 Black Dancers Who Are Changing the World,” second only to Misty Copeland.

Echoes of Erbil

Spoken word, gesture and movement combine in this evocative solo that references the land, traditions and culture of the Kurdish region of Iraq, created and performed by Hussein Smko, the first recipient of Battery Dance’s Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge.

Tickets include a VIP ticket to the MAY 10 opening performance at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street at 7:30PM, and the post-performance reception. Proceeds from the event will help support Battery Dance's work with refugees in Europe.