Battery Dance presented “Reconstruction” tonight at the 36th annual Battery Dance Festival.
Choreographed by each of the company members, this piece explores the dancers’ responses to living in the current chaotic political environment. The music is by Matmos: electronic, jarring, and meant to represent the American Civil War. The movements reflect the great uncertainty that many of us experience today: dynamic and athletic at times, but bizarre and dreadful at others. Attempts to escape. Attempts to find calamity under the circumstances. Attempts to reach out and support each other.
Earlier this year, Battery Dance’s New York Season featured an evening of programs centered on social activism. Due to unfortunate time conflicts, I was unable to attend any of the performances, but I’m super glad to catch “Reconstruction” tonight. Two more choreographies from their New York Season will be presented this Thursday and this Saturday!
Choreography: Robin Cantrell, Mira Cook, Clement Mensah, Bethany Mitchell, Sean Scantlebury, Razvan Stoian
Dancers: Robin Cantrell, Mira Cook, Clement Mensah, Bethany Mitchell, Sean Scantlebury, Razvan Stoian
Photography: Jason Chuang