The fireworks continue this weekend with a FREE multi-stage dance festival at four waterfront parks in Long Island City, with 24 dance companies performing works by NYC choreographers inspired by the city landscape and skyline.
INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival transforms Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park into a giant stage, as dancers maneuver through playgrounds, walkways, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shoreline, even on local busses.
The dance festival is July 8 and 9, Noon to 7pm both days, with performances throughout the day at each park, including some with audience participation. Dance styles range from ballet to break dancing, with some Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics in the mix, too.
There are three performance rounds per park, with the first dances kicking off at 12 PM at Hunter’s Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park and Socrates Sculpture Park, followed by Queensbridge Park at 2 PM.
Audiences will be able to walk, bike, kayak and ride the bus between parks and performances. For the truly inspired, you can literally follow the fleet of dancers for seven hours of uninterrupted dance performances by all the participating companies in one day.
Most definitely, INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival is a fresh and exciting way to experience dance in unusual and public spaces.
See descriptions of each INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival troupe here.
This is being called the first annual INSITU festival in NYC. Let’s hope it’s successful, and the idea spreads.
INSITU is produced by German choreographer/artistic director Svea Schneider and her NYC based dance company KINEMATIK Dance Theater with the support of NYC Parks, NYS Parks, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, Jacob A. Riis Settlement, Chocolate Factory Theater, Queens Tourism Council and other LIC community partners.
INSITU is made possible with generous support by the Queens Council on the Arts, Partnership for Parks Capacity Fund Grant, Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late Stage Production Stipend, TF Cornerstone, NYC Ferry, Rockrose Inc. and Plaxall.
Thanks to the German Mission to the United Nations for alerting us to this event.