Battledress is a repertory of Rocha Dance Theater. This work is a dance/installation piece that was originally commissioned by The Boston Center for the Arts and has since been further developed and performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, MANA Contemporary and The New Bedford Art Museum. Future plans include touring the work in museums, galleries and interesting spaces locally, nationally and abroad.
An original score for Battledress was created by collaborator and music producer, Joseph Rivas. For this work, he created landscapes of music genres, mixing urban styles with orchestral and tribal influences.
Direction/Choreography/Costume Design: Jenny Rocha
Original Music Composition: Joseph Rivas
Performers: Courtney Drasner, Jillian Hollis, Jenny Rocha
Understudy: Leanne Smith
Additional Designers: Eric Gorsuch, Laurie Tyrol
“Battledress involves stylized movement, sculptural stillness, costume concepts and a hypnotic music score. My aim is to distort the perception of the female, wearing and utilizing abstract versions of armor. I envisioned the costumes and dancers as armature – a framework that provides structure and stability as well as protection. This work embodies conflicts that relate to social structures and preconceptions. I’ve also been asking the question: When is structure overbearing or when is there not enough? – Jenny Rocha
Battledress is a project of Rocha Dance Theater, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non- profit artist service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Rocha Dance Theater must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.