Enjoy even more outdoor festivals in August from Lincoln Center with the first BAAND Together Dance Festival in Damrosch Park as part of Restart Stages. The five New York companies that make up BAND Together are Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Collaboratively, over five evenings on mixed bills curated by the artistic directors of each organization, all will perform live on the same stage in the new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus to champion the city’s cultural and economic revival.

Each company and corresponding directors are Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Artistic Director Robert Battle), American Ballet Theatre (Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie), Ballet Hispánico (Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Artistic Director Virginia Johnson), and New York City Ballet (Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan).

Together, they share this statement: “Through the challenges of this past year, we made a commitment to meet weekly to act as a structure and a support for one another, our companies, and our community. This festival is a direct result of hours and hours of conversations over months that informed our decision-making processes, individually and collectively, permitted our continued growth during the difficult times, and deepened our commitment to our field and our city. This festival is a celebration of the glory of our art and the power of unity.” For more information visit https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home


(Hybrid)—August 12-14: The 40th annual Battery Dance Festival with international dance films and in-person performances at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park. The virtual films are from Puerto Rico, Mexico, South Korean, Tanzania, Australia and more, while the in-person/livestreamed performances will feature an evening of dances by Indian artists, another titled “Young Voices in Dance,” plus even more from Jon Lehrer Dance Company, MorDance, Battery Dance, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Christopher Williams, Flamenco Vivo II, Galletto y Guzmán, Beatrice Capote and many more. For more information visit https://batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival/

(Hybrid)—August 16, 20 & 27: Dance curator Tiffany Rae-Fisher again welcomes audiences to Bryant Park Picnic Performances’ season of free, live performances this summer with Limón Dance Company and Music From The Sole (Aug. 16), Paul Taylor Dance Company and EMERGE125, formerly Elisa Monte Dance (Aug. 20), and Ballet Hispánico and Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet (Aug. 27). For more information visit https://bryantpark.org/programs/dance

(In-person)—Aug. 11 – Sept. 5: NYC FREE, a month-long arts festival celebrating the creativity of New York City’s artists, will feature composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, poets, writers, and comedians. Under artistic direction from Festival Producer Mikki Shepard, there will be curated evenings from Tariq Al-Sabir, Ronald K. Brown, Dormeshia, Robert Garland & Misty Copeland, Alphonso Horne, Paolo Javier, Raquel Acevedo Klein, Georgina Pazcoguin, Conrad Tao, Adam Tendler, Awoye Timpo, Shirazette Tinnin, and Eduardo Vilaro––to curate this one-time festival. For more information visit https://littleisland.org/about-free-nyc