32nd Downtown Dance Festival 2013
Downtown Dance Festival
Established by Battery Dance Company in 1982, the Downtown Dance Festival (DDF) is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival that 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.
On August 11-18, 2012, Battery Dance Company presented the 31st Annual Downtown Dance Festival: 8 days of free performances staged at Battery Park, One New York Plaza and at Dance New Amsterdam. The festival participants included Sri Warisan, a 15-member troupe from Singapore that is known for its authentic presentation of Malay ethnic dance, music and theater; Vanaver Caravan, the dance and music ensemble from New Paltz performing a tribute to Woody Guthrie on the legendary American folk musician’s centenary year; Philadelphia-based Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and ten New York companies showcasing various genres ranging from modern ballet to fusion. On Friday, August 17, in a special celebration of Indian culture, the Indo-American Arts Council curated the 5th Edition of the Erasing Borders of Indian Dance Festival. For more information on the groups performing at DDF-12 click here.
The 32nd Downtown Dance Festival will take place in August 10-16, 2013. The festival program will be announced in early summer. Please, stay tuned for more details.