INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival 2018
August 4 & 5, 2018, 1:00 – 8:00 pm
On the Western Queens Waterfront
Free and open to the public
22 choreographers from NYC and beyond create original works inspired by natural and urban landscapes
INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, named by the New York Times as one of “15 Summer Dance Festivals, Portland to Vail” to see this summer, is a unique event presented in four public parks along the East River waterfront in Queens. For two days in August, neighborhood residents and visitors are invited to discover LIC through cutting edge site-specific contemporary and urban dance.
Now in its second year, INSITU 2018 will transforms the Western Queens waterfront into one giant stage on August 4 & 5 from 1 pm to 8pm daily. Twenty new commissioned works by regional, national and international choreographers selected from over 200 applications will be presented in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park, including new site-specifics works by Douglas Dunn (NYC), Chantal Caron/Fleuve Espace danse (Canada), Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow (Los Angeles) and Alice Gosti (Seattle). 144 performances representing 32 hours of dance will be organized into 4 performance rounds per park per day, each lasting approximately 75 minutes and all starting at the same time in each park at 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM. Additionally, INSITU 2018 will offer audiences the opportunity to interact directly with several choreographers from last year’s festival in a 20-minute workshop presented after the first three performance rounds. The choreographers are Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre, JoAnna Mendl Shaw/The Equus Projects, Christopher Nunez, and Cecelia Fontanesi/Parcon NYC.
Another important element of INSITU 2018 will be the Community Dance Workshop series, July 10, 2018-August 2, 2018 hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement located at 10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, and facilitated socially engaged choreographers over four weeks in July. This year, INSITU offers two specific workshops, one for young adults guided by choreographer Quilan “Cue” Arnold, and one for 50+ adults led by choreographer Nubian Nene throughout the month of July. The INSITU Young Adult Dance Workshop, called “onC.U.E.” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM on July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and August 2. The INSITU 50+ Dance Workshop, called “The Essence Experience” meets on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 am on July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. Each workshop will culminate in a short performance at INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival on August 4 + 5 in Queensbridge Park. Workshops are free, no dance experience necessary. For more information, visit insitudancefestival.com/workshops.
INSITU is free and open to the public, offering an exciting way to experience dance in unusual public spaces. Inspired by natural and urban landscapes of the public parks, the diverse line-up of 20 contemporary and urban dance companies will maneuver through playgrounds, partner with benches, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shorelines. Other sites within the parks include a beach, historic railway ties, piers, promenades, lounge chairs, thicket of trees, a stone platform, and more. Audiences will be led through continuous dance performances several times throughout the day, setting up a chain of dynamic and immersive performances throughout the four parks.
A festival map, with performance schedule and locations, will be available at each park as well as available on the INSITU 2018 website, insitudancefestival.com/program.
INSITU’s mission is to activate public spaces through dance, spark dialogue and create community through the arts. It’s an initiative that aims to strengthen, bridge and celebrate the diverse communities living along the Long Island City waterfront by using dance as a tool for deeper community engagement. INSITU aspires to make dance accessible, connect artists with audiences, and raise awareness of the power of movement by bringing it into public spaces of our community. INSITU is a supportive platform for artists to develop new work and strives to increase the visibility of the arts in Queens.
From the Artistic Director/Co-Producer:
An important goal of INSITU is to bridge the gap between two disparate LIC communities that are physically and often psychologically separated by the Queensboro Bridge, new developments like Hunter’s Point and Court Square on the south side of the bridge, and Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing community in North America, on the north side of the bridge. Through INSITU we strive to inspire dialogue, engage both communities to dance together, explore their neighborhood through an artistic lens, and find a creative common language. -Svea Schneider
INSITU cultivates a supportive platform for artists to develop new work. Artists’ voices are important in shaping society and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. – Svea Schneider