Battery Dance Company’s 29th Annual Downtown Dance Festival

August 11, 2010

Kathakali Dancer. Image from Google Images.

This weekend the Battery Dance Company is kicking off its annual Downtown Dance Festival, New York’s “longest-running free public dance festival.” From August 14-20, you’ll have the chance to see Battery Dance joined by companies from both India and Japan.

And did I mention that it’s free?

From the press release:

This year’s DDF will feature Kathakali dancers and musicians from India,
supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), with whom BDC
has long collaborated, both in India and as part of an early effort to
promote Indian dance in the U.S. The ICCR will be covering all costs to
bring over an esteemed Kathakli dance company, Guru Radha Mohanan & Troupe.
Guru Radha Mohanan will make his U.S. debut in the festival.

A disciple of the world renowned exponent Guru Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair,
Radha Mohanan is a master not only of Kathakali–the highly stylized
classical form of Indian dance theater known for its elaborate costumes and
make up–but also of the Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam forms. His troupe has
performed in Greece, Germany, U.S.S.R, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and
other countries. He is the founder director of the Kalari Institute located
in New Delhi, India, which is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination
of Indian classical dance forms.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Saturday, August 14–Sunday, August 15, 1:00–4:00 P.M.
Location: The Lawn at Battery Park, adjacent to State Street at Pearl Street
By Subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4/5 to Bowling Green; R/W to Whitehall

Monday, August 17–Friday, August 21, 12:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M.
Location: One New York Plaza
Directions: Water and Whitehall Streets
By Subway: 1 to South Ferry, R to Whitehall, 4/5 to Bowling Green

Unfortunately, I’m out of town (and will be for a while) so I won’t be able to attend the festival myself. But feel free to send in pictures or clips! I’d love to put them up in a later post.

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