(Thursday, April 26, 2016) New York City’s dance ambassador to the world, Battery Dance, introduces an Indo-American, collaborative dance interpretation of Hindu Goddess Durga’s Shakti (strength) and Bhakti (devotion) through the world premiere of “The Durga Project,” featuring renowned classical Indian dancer Unnath H.R. and five of Battery’s Western-trained dancers.
The 30-minute choreographic fantasy, which weaves together the movement vocabularies, sonorities and aesthetics of the United States and India, will also be complemented by works commissioned by European and African choreographers: “Inter/Ago,” created in 2015 by Tadej Brdnik, the recently retired Martha Graham principal dancer and choreographer, who has danced with Battery Dance since 1998; and “Observatory,” created in 2014 by Theo Ndindwa, founder of South Africa’s iKapa Dance Theatre, and since performed in tours of South America, Europe, Asia and at the first Cape Town International Dance Festival in 2015.
World premiere of “The Durga Project” is planned to be held on May 11th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; May 12th at 7 p.m., followed by a VIP gala at the Schimmel Center for the Arts (3 Spruce Street), Pace University, New York City. For Tickets, please visit: http://batterydance.org/ny-season/