This summer, Battleworks returns to Wesleyan with its signature movement vocabulary: arresting, moving, humorous and virtuosic. In April, Robert Battle was named Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and in 2011 will take the helm of one of this country’s most important and influential cultural institutions. After eight years of touring nationally and internationally at such venues as Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival, Battleworks is required to disband as its artistic director assumes his new post at Ailey. Performing signature works including Takademe, Juba and Ella, Battleworks will perform for the last time at Wesleyan.
Battleworks Dance Company Performs Thursdayand Friday, July 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s CFA Theater, located in the Center for the Arts at 283 Washington Terrace, on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown. Admission is $24 general; $19 senior citizens; $10 students. For more information and tickets, visit the CFA website or call 860-685-3355.
About the Battleworks
Robert Battle, originally from Miami, Fla., is a graduate of the Julliard School. Upon graduation, Mr. Battle joined the Parsons Dance Company (1994-2001), and began setting his own work on the company in 1998. In 2001 Mr. Battle founded Battleworks Dance Company, and the company premiered in August 2002 at the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly in Düsseldorf, Germany. Battleworks has performed extensively in New York City and across the country at such venues as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.