Robert Battle's Takademe
Please Credit Photo: Ailey II's Olivier Medus in Robert Battle's Takademe. Photo Eduardo Patino

Choreography: Robert Battle

Production Credits:
Music by Sheila Chandra
Original costume design by Missoni
Costume design recreated by Elena Comendador
Lighting design by Burke Wilmore
The complex, tightly woven rhythms of Indian Kathak dance are deconstructed and abstracted in this percussive, fast-paced work by choreographer Robert Battle. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized rhythmic syllables of Sheila Chandra's jazzy score.

"…[a] fast-moving excursion into rhythmic exotica."
- Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Company Premiere, 1999

Robert Battle is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and holds a B.F.A. in dance from Juilliard. As a member of the Parsons Dance Company (1994-2001), Mr. Battle began setting his work on the company in 1998. His work has been featured in five New York City seasons of Parsons Dance Company. Mr. Battle founded Battleworks Dance Company in 2001. The company has been presented in New York City at The Joyce Theater, St. Mark's Church, Evening Stars, The Juilliard Theater, and Dance Theater Workshop. Mr. Battle has been commissioned for both new and restaged works of Battleworks repertory by numerous companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and PARADIGM. In 2005, Mr. Battle was honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with a medal proclaiming him one of the “Masters of African-American Choreography.”

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