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After an exciting week of free performances outdoors, join us for the Closing Performance of the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival with the unique appearances of two international companies: Skopje Dance Theater from Macedonia, and Mophato Dance Theatre from Botswana. In addition, Battery Dance will perform a classic from its repertoire, Secrets of the Paving Stones.
Secrets of the Paving Stones by Jonathan Hollander
The piece draws upon the history of the City of Kraków, home of one of the world’s first universities; the transmogrifying events of mid-20th Century in Kraków in which the City’s Jewish population was annihilated; the seeking for a now lost Jewish culture by Poland’s young people; and the very architecture of a city which has preserved much of its Jewish quarter as well as its medieval Wawel Castle, churches and guild halls. Hollander treats this complicated history with an imagistic palette, richly perfumed at times, dark and spare at others.
Skopje Dance Theater
Cauldron by Risima Risimkin
Risima Risimkin is one of the leading choreographers in Macedonia and the Artistic Director of Dance Fest Skopje and Skopje Dance Theater. Cauldron has being presented in Maritime Silk Road Festival in Quanzhou, China and in the Holland Dance Festival in Den Haag, NL. The performance at the Battery Dance Festival is the company’s U.S Debut and Cauldron’s U.S Premiere.
Mophato Dance Theatre
Borwa by Andrew Letso Kola
After an outstanding U.S Debut last year, Mophato Dance Theatre returns to the Battery Dance Festival with the work Borwa. Founded in 2009, the company is Botswana’s first afro fusion and contemporary dance company. Since its inception, and under Mr. Letso Kola’s leadership, it has performed in the U.K, Germany, China, Tokyo, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and in New York. Borwa, which translates to “South”, is a captivating untold story of the people from the south and their experiences during labour migrations in 1966.