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Rocha Dance Theater

Rocha Dance Theater is a Brooklyn-based dance company led by artistic director, Jenny Rocha. RDT’s work ranges from contemporary dance to dance theater and cabaret. Rocha has created a prolific amount of works and evening-length productions since 2001. As an artist, she is dedicated to creating provocative dance that is both artistic and entertaining. Jenny also creates costumes for RDT and considers this an important part of the creative process, performance experience and overall visual design. Rocha Dance Theater has been presented and/or commissioned by numerous venues and events such as Danspace Project (City/Dans Commissioning Initiative), Joyce Soho, LaMama ETC, Galapagos Art Space, The Philadelphia Museum, The Boston Center for the Arts, The New Bedford Art Museum, Roger Williams University, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, The Flea Theater and more.  Rocha Dance Theater’s current repertory is Battledress, which has been touring nationally since 2013.


Battledress is a touring repertory of Rocha Dance Theater.  A Technical Requirement Rider can be provided upon request. The show is approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes with no intermission required. The work is designed to be adaptable to both museums and theaters. There is a trio and large group version of the work. Please inquire for info such as performance details, video links, a tech rider, national and international touring packages, workshops and outreach.


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.


Current Repertory: BATTLEDRESS

BATTLEDRESS is an evening of dance, costume design and an original music score. This work aims to distort the perception of the female by combining the language of dance with costume design. Performers wear and utilize abstract, armor-inspired costumes. They act as armature – a framework that provides structure and stability as well as protection. The score that accompanies the work combines urban styles with orchestral and tribal influences. Battledress embodies conflicts that relate to social structures and preconceptions, while asking the question: When is structure overbearing or when is there not enough?


Direction/Choreography/Costume Design: Jenny Rocha
Original Music Composition: Joseph Rivas
Performers: Courtney Drasner, Jillian Hollis, Jenny Rocha and ensemble


This work was originally commissioned by The Boston Center for the Arts and has since been performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, MANA Contemporary, Baryshnikov Arts Center and The New Bedford Art Museum.


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