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 Post subject: Downtown Dance Festival 25th anniversary
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:49 pm 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Ross

Performances August 21-27 at Chase Plaza and Battery Park

Battery Dance Company announces its 25th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, with
a roster of 16 companies that reflect New York City's multi-cultural society.
The Downtown Dance Festival is New York City's longest-running free public
festival devoted to dance, and is Battery Dance Company's gift to its home

Underlining Lower Manhattan's historical significance as a gateway to
America, Battery Dance Company's Downtown Dance Festival embraces a curatorial
policy that seeks the finest examples of dance in a full range of aesthetics,
styles, and traditions. Young companies and student dancers are given a platform
beside mainstream professionals, nurturing the talent of tomorrow while
providing free public access to some of New York's internationally recognized

Ballet, modern, tango, tap, Indian, and Chinese dance will all be on view
during the Festival's 6-day program at Chase Plaza in the heart of Wall Street,
and on the lawn at Battery Park, overlooking New York harbor. A
centerpiece of the Festival's anniversary season will be "Ocean of Light,"
performed by modern dancers from New Orleans joining classical South Asian
dancers. They explore water's grace, beauty and wrath in homage to the victims
of hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. Featured dances include Bharata
Natyam (Sanjay Doddamani, Krithika Rajagopalan, Ramaa Raghavan and A.R.
Sreedhara) and modern dance (John Allen, Nicole Boyd, Jina Curtis, J Hammond,
Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Elizabeth Studwell and Jeanne Jaubert). Music is by Dave
Liebman and noted Indian musicians.

The Festival roster is:

Monday-Thursday performances 12 noon to 1:30 PM at Chase Plaza
Nassau Street between Liberty and Pine
Subways: 4/5/2/3 trains to Broadway Nassau station

Saturday & Sunday performances 1 to 4 PM; The Great Lawn at Battery Park
Subway: 4/5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry; R/w to Whitehall
enter on State Street

Monday August 21
Vissi Dance Theater
New Generation Dance Company
Battery Dance Company
Rumba Tap!

Tuesday August 22
Peridance Ensemble
Lazar Ballet NYC
Neo Ballet

Wednesday August 23
Dzul Dance
Rebudal Dance
Naganuma Dance
Cara Surico and Dancers

Thursday August 24
Ocean of Light
Kathak Ensemble

Friday August 25 - rain date

Saturday August 26
Ocean of Light
Battery Dance Company
Lazar Ballet NYC
Naganuma Dance
Neo Ballet
Figures in Flight Dance Company
Kathak Ensemble

Sunday August 27
Peridance Ensemble
Rebudal Dance
Cara Surico & Dancers
Vissi Dance Theater
New Generation Dance Company
Dance China NY
Dzul Dance

VISSI DANCE THEATER was founded in 1997 by dancer/choreographer Courtney
Ffrench. This Urban Contemporary ensemble reflects a spirited combination of
jazz, modern (Dunham), West African, funk and ballet. Ffrench will present an
excerpt from "The Runaways" (a 90-minute dance drama), a portrait of slaves
gathering to map their freedom.

NEW GENERATION DANCE COMPANY is directed by Argentinean dancer/choreographer
Dardo Galletto, former member of Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino, whose works
fuse traditional tango with ballet and modern dance.

BATTERY DANCE COMPANY, recently returned from Europe and soon to depart for
Asia. Lower Manhattan's resident dance company since 1976 presents the works
of choreographer Jonathan Hollander, interpreted by its 6 company members.

RUMBA TAP! is an explosive, dancing body percussion ensemble of 5
multi-talented international dancers. Max Pollak's innovative approach to tap is
inspired by the intense energy of Afro-Cuban culture, Bulgaria and beyond, and
combines the elements of body percussion, song and rhythm tap in surprising new

PERIDANCE was founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry in 1984. The
neo-classical ballet company will perform "Nocturnes," Perry's interpretation of the
piano music of Chopin.

LAZAR BALLET NYC is the new company founded by Artistic Director Elie Lazar,
former director of Joffrey Ensemble Dancers. A company of 8 will present
"Masa" (journey in Hebrew), danced to Armenian music.

DZUL DANCE in a work by director/choreographer Javier Dzul, whose very
contemporary style fuses ritual with modern and classical dance styles.

REBUDAL DANCE, founded & directed by choreographer J.M. Rebudal, a native of
Hawaii, presents "Filipinese," a group piece that explores the relationship
between Filipino folk and contemporary modern dance, danced to Filipino folk
music performed by Ate Mariano and Ramon Obusan.

NAGANUMA DANCE is an all-female ensemble with direction and choreography by
Darcy Naganuma, whose movement vocabulary ranges from traditional Japanese
dance to contemporary, hip-hop and martial arts.

SLAMFEST, founded by artistic director Karl Anderson, presents "Squint to
Focus," a sophisticated piece for three female dancers who explore a range of
emotional and psychological connections.

CARA SURICO & DANCERS. Surico has just begun to explore the realm of
choreography through movement built on athletic physicality mixed with a variety of
techniques. Her group will be seen in "Thinking," a women's trio.

FIGURES IN FLIGHT DANCE COMPANY, directed by Susan Slotnick, is a company for
teens and young adults in upstate New York that will make their NYC debut at
the DDF.

DANCE CHINA NY, resident company of the New York Chinese Cultural Center,
specializes in traditional dances from China and Tibet. Dance China NY has been
a welcome feature in previous Downtown Dance Festivals.

KATHAK ENSEMBLE, founded by Rani Khanam and currently under the artistic
direction of Janaki Patric, reflects both the Hindu and Islamic aspects of Kathak.

OCEAN OF LIGHT pays homage to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the
Tsunami through a specially created production that combines classical South Asian
and contemporary dance and a music score arranged by noted jazz musician Dave
Liebman and an ensemble of Indian and Western musicians..

For more information, please consult the Battery Dance website:

Support for the 25th Anniversary Downtown Dance Festival is provided by:
Air India, Con Edison, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Downtown Alliance, Hachette
Filipacchi Media U.S. Inc., HIP Health Plan of New York, India Tourism New York,
Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, P.L.L.C., New York City Department for the Aging,
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Parks
& Recreation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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