Downtown Dance Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Downtown Dance Festival
Battery Dance Company
380 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10013-3518 USA
Phone: (01) 212-219-3910
Fax: (01) 212-219-3911

Festival Description

Battery Dance Company presents the annual Downtown Dance Festival with 8 days of free performances staged at Battery Park, One New York Plaza and at Dance New Amsterdam. The DDF is New York City’s longest-running public dance festival and is Battery Dance Company’s gift to its home community.

Festival Dates August 11 - 15, 2013
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Festival Story:

Established by Battery Dance Company in 1982, the Downtown Dance Festival (DDF) is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population bolstered by residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Last year, the Festival drew a combined audience of over 10,000 people. Battery Dance Company has invited the Indo-American Arts Council to curate and co-sponsor a full day of the Downtown Dance Festival as part of the 3rd Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance. This continues Battery Dance Company’s commitment to introducing downtown audiences to exceptional Indian dance.

The Downtown Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both professional and emerging dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. The DDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb, Jane Comfort and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.


Festival Events:

Participating dance companies 2013:
  • Battery Dance Company (New York)
  • Chapter Two (Athens, Greece)
  • Dancing Earth (Santa Fe, NM /San Francisco CA)
  • Limon Dance Company (New York)
  • SLK Ballet (New York)
  • Vendetta Mathea & Co (France)
  • Limon Dance Company (New York)
  • Vendetta Mathea & Co(France)
  • The Dance WE Made “Works in Progress” (Great Britain)
  • La Intrusa Danza (Spain)
  • Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
  • Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam)
  • Rani Khanam (Kathak)
  • Vijaya Lakshmi (Mohiniattam)
  • Rahul Acharya (Odissi)
  • Gurukul Dance Company(Kalbeliya)


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    • Sutra - Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia (


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