THE INSITU MISSION
The first of its kind in Queens, INSITU’s mission is to activate public spaces through dance and create community through the arts. It is an initiative 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 by bringing it into public spaces. INSITU creates a supportive platform for artists to develop new work and strives to increase the visibility of the arts in Queens.
An integral element of INSITU is a one-month community dance workshop that strives to inspire dialogue and bring together different LIC communities by inviting them to dance together and awaken their creative powers collaboratively. Co-hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement and facilitated by a socially engaged choreographer, the 2018 workshop is designed seniors and teens, and with or without dance experience.
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 Hunters 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, Artistic Director and Co-Producer