August 14, 2016 – August 20, 2016 all-day
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    Robert F Wagner Jr Park
    20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

    Battery Dance presents

    The 35th Annual


    August 14-20, 2016

    in association with Battery Park City Authority

    Battery DanceDancer---female---Solo, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 35th Annual Battery Dance Festival (formerly the Downtown Dance Festival), with free performances on August 14-19, 2016, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 20, 2016, from 6pm to 8:30pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University.  For more information visit

    Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are drawn from the downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 10,000.

    Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for local and international dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF 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, Robert Battle, Andrea Miller, Michelle Dorrance and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

    The festival will begin on August 14, 2016 with a memorial to Adel Euro.

    Our lives intersected with tragedy in the early morning hours of July 3rd.  Our beloved protégé, Adel Euro, was killed in the bombing in Baghdad that took the lives of almost 300.  He had dreams of dancing with us in New York.  We will honor his memory at the opening of the Battery Dance Festival with a special performance by three of his compatriots from Iraq who are all in the U.S. as refugees.

    This year’s featured artists include:

    AUGUST 14, 2016

    Florida Dance Theatre | Lakeland, Florida

    Joshua Beamish/Move: The Company

    Razvan Stoian – Bucharest, Romania (World Premiere)

    XAOC Contemporary Ballet

    Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project – Istanbul, Turkey (U.S. Debut)



    Presented in association with the Indo-American Arts Council

    Avijit Das – Bangalore, India

    Battery Dance

    Carolina Prada – New Delhi, India

    Pt. Krishan Mohan Mishra – New Delhi, India

    Surabhi Bharadwaj – San Francisco

    Sooraj Subramaniam – Gent, Belgium

    Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts – Mumbai, India

    AUGUST 16, 2016

    De Funes Dance

    Jennifer Muller/ The Works

    Kilowatt Dance Theater


    Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project – Istanbul, Turkey (U.S. Debut)

    AUGUST 17, 2016

    FJK Dance

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

    Obika Dance Projects

    Steps Repertory Ensemble

    Te Ao Mana

    AUGUST 18, 2016

    DoubleTake Dance

    Martha Graham School

    Maxine Steinman & Dancers

    Robin Aren/TRAC

    SEAD Company Bodhi Project – Salzburg, Austria (U.S. Debut)

    Y + Y Dance

    AUGUST 19, 2016

    Amy Marshall Dance Company

    Ballet Inc.

    Battery Dance

    Buglisi Dance Theatre

    Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

    Thomas/Ortiz Dance | New Canaan, CT

    Trainor Dance

    AUGUST 20, 2016

    Battery Dance

    SEAD Comapany Bodhi Project – Salzburg, Austria (U.S. Debut)

    Unnath H.R.


    American Express, Lead Sponsor; Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, Exclusive Hospitality Sponsor.  Public Funds have been provided by New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s Office. Generous sponsorship provided by Air India, Goldman Sachs, The American Turkish Society, The Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in New York, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Tornasol Inc., Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Waterway.


    Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982 as part of its service to the downtown community in which it has been based for 40 years.  As one of America’s leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 65 countries to date.