Application form for 39th annual Battery Dance Festival: August 15 - 21, 2020
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Festival Dates: Aug 15-20, 2020 at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, NYC; Closing Performance: Aug 21, 2020 at Schimmel Center, NYC
Battery Dance Festival represents New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Established by Battery Dance in 1982, it draws its audience from the large downtown population of workers and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Last year, the Festival attracted a combined live viewership of over 12,500.

Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both mid-career and emerging professional dancers and choreographers in any genre to present original works of high artistic quality in a free public forum. The Festival revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Mary Anthony, Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Jane Comfort, David Dorfman, Michelle Dorrance, Andrea Miller, Darrell Moultrie, Jennifer Muller, Elizabeth Streb, and Paul Taylor have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Festival Manager and scored separately by an independent curation panel of up to seven drawn from a spectrum among NYC's professional dance community.
Important Information
*Modest honorarium will be provided to any company selected which fulfills its performance agreement.

*Material submitted must be the work that you plan to present at the Festival, even if an excerpt. Rehearsal videos will be accepted.

*In order to be considered, work should be able to be presented a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes in length, except for solos which should be between 4 -10 minutes. In selecting a work for consideration, please be mindful of the outdoor performance situation with minimal supplemental lighting and an audience generally not on risers.

*If a work exists only in-progress, please send a rehearsal video with sufficient supplemental information with which to be fairly considered. Premiere performances and NYC debuts/premieres encouraged.

*Videos submitted should not be edited except to show different angles/focuses from a single continuous performance. If presenting an excerpted version of a piece of more than 23 minutes duration, please include in the edit all sections intended for Festival presentation in their intended order. Promotional videos will be summarily dismissed.

*Each company/artist can submit 2 works maximum. Each individual work requires a separate application

*Companies that have performed in the two (2) consecutive prior Festivals (BOTH 2018 AND 2019) will not be eligible to participate this year (2020) . They will regain their eligibility to apply for next year (2021).

*International Companies: the Festival is not responsible for international travel, incidentals, fees and cost related to embassy or consulate visa interviews in the home country. U.S. P-3 visa petition processing, hotel accommodations and airport transfers 1 way each per company to and from hotel will be provided.

*The all Indian Dance Program (August 15 - India Independence Day each year) will be curated separately. No application will be necessary.
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