First Annual INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival Kicks Off 7/8 & 9 at the Western Queens Waterfront

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First Annual INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival Kicks Off 7/8 & 9 at the Western Queens Waterfront

KINEMATIK Dance Theater presents Long Island City's first two-day, outdoor site dance festival, taking place at four LIC waterfront parks and featuring a diverse program of unique, site-specific dance works by 24 distinguished and emerging New York City-based choreographers.

With the support of New York City Parks & Recreation, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Socrates Sculpture Park, INSITU activates and transforms the Western Queens waterfront into one big, multi-faceted stage over the weekend of July 8 & 9, from 12 to 7 PM daily.

INSITU is free and open to the public, offering an exciting way to experience dance in unusual public spaces. Performances will take place at various locations within Hunter's Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park. Inspired by natural and urban landscapes, the diverse line-up of 24 contemporary and urban dance companies will maneuver through playgrounds, partner with benches, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shorelines. Other locales within the parks include a ferry landing, railways, picnic tables, walkways, promenades, an old school bus, a sand field 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. For the truly inspired, audience members can experience 7 hours of uninterrupted dance performances by all companies in one day.

There are three performance rounds per park, with the first dances kicking off at12 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, ride the bus, and take advantage of a special LYFTdiscount to travel from venue to venue. A festival map, with performance schedule and locations, will be available at each park as well as online

Performances range from solos, duos and quartets to group works with casts as large as 35 dancers. Area residents who participated in a three-month community dance workshop, co-hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement at Queensbridge Houses, will also perform in the festival.

The first of its kind in Queens, INSITU's goal is to create community through the arts by activating public spaces through dance. The Festival strives to strengthen, bridge and celebrate the diverse communities living along the LIC waterfront by using dance as a tool for deeper community engagement. INSITU aspires to make dance accessible, connect with new audiences and raise awareness of the power of movement. INSITU creates a supportive platform for artists to develop new work and increases the visibility of the arts in Queens.


BS Movement * Carte Blanche Performance/Shandoah Goldman * Christopher Unpezverde Núñez * Dancitecture/Kimberly Tate and Akim Funk Buddha* Grounded View* Hivewild * Jody Oberfelder Projects * Kate MooreandBrendan Duggan * Kinematik Dance Theater * KrisSeto+ShoeySun [ VESSELS ] * Loni Landon Dance Project * Lucy Kerr * Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre * Movement of the People Dance Company * Only Child Aerial Theatre * Parcon NYC * PROJECT 44 * tedted Performance Group * TheBlue Bus Project/Annalisa Iadicicco and Tyler Gilstrap * The Equus Projects/OnSite NYC * Valerie Green/Dance Entropy * Violetsound * Wilder Project * Zullo/RawMovement

Hunter's Point Parks


Performance Times



12:00 PM; 2:35 PM; 4:15 PM

LIC Landing

Dancitecture/Kimberly Tate + Akim Funk Buddha

12:10 PM; 2:45 PM; 4:25 PM

Athletic Field

The Equus Project/OnSite NYC

12:30 PM; 3:05 PM; 4:45 PM


BS Movement

12:45 PM; 3:20 PM; 5:00 PM

Railways & Chairs

Movement of the People Dance Company

1:05 PM; 3:40 PM; 5:20 PM

Viewpoint - Single Bench

Christopher Unpezverde Núñez

1:15 PM; 3:50 PM; 5:30 PM

Gantry Plaza State Park


Performance Times



12:00 PM; 1:30 PM; 4:05 PM

Gantry Plaza

Carte Blanche Performance/Shandoah Goldman

12:15 PM ; 1:45 PM; 4:20 PM


Loni Landon Dance Project

12:30 PM; 2:00 PM; 4:35 PM

Lounge Chairs + Picnic Area

Kate Douglas and Brendan Duggan

12:45 PM; 2:15 PM; 4:50 PM

Adirondack Chairs

Jody Oberfelder Projects

12:55 PM; 2:25 PM; 5:00 PM

Curved Benches

Grounded View

1:05 PM; 2:35 PM; 5:10 PM

North Basin

Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project Dance Theatre

1:25 PM; 2:55 PM; 5:30 PM

Queensbridge Park


Performance Times

Red House

Project 44

2:00 PM; 3:40 PM; 6:00 PM


KrisSeto and ShoeySun [ VESSELS ]

2:10 PM; 3:50 PM; 6:10 PM

Benches + Picnic Area

Kinematik Dance Theater

2:25 PM; 4:05 PM; 6:25 PM

Tree Intersection

Community Dance Group

2:40 PM; 4:20 PM; 6:40 PM


Parcon NYC

2:50 PM; 4:30 PM; 6:50 PM


Lucy Kerr

3:05 PM; 4:50 PM; 7:05 PM

Socrates Sculpture Park


Performance Times

Stone Platform + Trees

Dance Entropy/Valerie Green

12:20 PM; 3:40 PM; 5:20 PM

Metal Roofed Structure

Only Child Aerial Theatre

12:30 PM; 3:50 PM; 5:30 PM

Shoreline + Promenade

tedted Performance Group

12:40 PM; 4:00 PM; 5:40 PM

Large Meadow

Wilder Project

12:55 PM; 4:15 PM; 5:55 PM

North Entrance

The Blue Bus Project and Tyler Gilstrap

1:05 PM; 4:25 PM; 6:05 PM

Hallets Cove/Beach


1:20 PM; 4:40 PM; 6:20 PM

INSITU is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

Key support is provided by TF Cornerstone, The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC Ferry, Rockrose, and Plaxall Inc.

Additional support is provided by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Modern Spaces, COFFEED, and local LIC restaurants, cafés, bars and businesses.

Generous support is provided by the Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant.

INSITU is made possible with support of our community partners: Hunter's Point Parks Con- servancy, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Friends of Queensbridge Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Chocolate Factory Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LIC Partnership, Queens Tourism Council, Spaceworks NYC, and the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

KINEMATIK Dance Theater, founded by Svea Schneider in 2010, is a NYC- and Lima-based urban-contemporary dance company that creates, performs and produces large scale site-specific performances, evening length dance theater works, dance installations, multi-disciplinary performances, dance films, and facilitates dance education and outreach programs. KINEMATIK's mission is to engage and empower people through dance, to build community, raise awareness about important social issues, and use dance as a tool for social justice through performances, dance education and outreach programs. KINEMATIK has created, performed and produced work nationally and internationally throughout NYC, Peru, India and Europe. Presenters include: Jönköping Läns Museum * Tribeca Film Festival * Hollywood Fringe Festival *Andanzas Int'l Dance Festival * ICPNA Centro Cultural de Lima * New York International Fringe Festival * DUMBO Dance Festival * Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater * Dixon Place * St. Marks Church * Flushing Town Hall * Wave Rising Series * Triskelion Arts * WestFest Dance Festival * Grounds for Sculpture * Jerry Leibovitz Theater for the Performing Arts * Performance Project@University Settlement. For more info, visit

Svea Schneider, born and raised in Germany, is a NYC- and Lima-based dance artist, choreographer, dance teacher and activist. She has performed and taught throughout the US, Canada, Peru, India and Dubai. She holds a degree in dance anthropology from NYU and is the founder of KINEMATIK Dance Theater and INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival. For more info,

From the Partners:

Through the Queens Arts Fund, QCA is happy to be able to support artists and organizations such as INSITU because not only are they bringing a high level of awareness of dance to the LIC community but they are a building community of dancers in Queens. -Lynn Lobell, Grants and Resource Director, Queens Council on the Arts

INSITU burns with the fire of possibility- igniting familiar landscapes and beloved spaces with the kind of magical, daring artistic engagement we also strive for at Socrates. The art of dance, especially, thrives when it is alive, unbounded, and fully accessible to the public, and I am thrilled to support the way INSITU and its founder have so wholeheartedly dedicated their work to infusing our local community with the energy and vitality of site-specific dance. -Audrey Dimola, Director of Public Programs, Socrates Sculpture Park

Put simply, Svea and her team are pure dynamite. So much positive energy. So much creativity. So much talent. This is going to be a fantastic weekend, full of entertaining, enriching and mind-expanding performances for all ages, ethnicities, and tastes. It's also another example of the fact that Queens has become a Mecca of dance and art. - Rob MacKay, Queens Tourism Council Director

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