Ballade: The Rain Song

The 36th annual Battery Dance Festival opened tonight with poetry reading by Riyadh Mohammed and dancing by Hussein Smko.

The piece is a part of the “Combating Islamophobia Through Spoken Word and Dance” project, established by Battery Dance as a tribute to Adel Euro — a young and inspiring Iraqi dancer, mentored by Battery Dance, but tragically killed by a suicide bomb in July 2017. For more information, visit Battery Dance.

“Ballade: The Rain Song” (World Premier)
Speaker: Riyadh Mohammed
Dancer/Choreographer: Hussein Smko
Poetry: The Rain Song by Badr Shakir al-Sayyab
Photography: Jason Chuang