INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival is a unique cultural offering in NYC. The first of its kind in Queens, INSITU is a two-day outdoor dance festival taking place at four public waterfront parks along the East River in LIC. A New York Times Top Pick of “15 Dance Festivals to See in the Summer”, INSITU presents dance in unusual places and invites visitors to discover LIC through dance. All INSITU programming is free and open to the public, making the arts accessible to a wide population and encouraging audiences and community members from different backgrounds to engage, create and connect.

The inaugural INSITU 2017 presented 75 dynamic dance performances on piers, playgrounds, staircases and shorelines by 24 emerging and established NYC-based choreographers. Over 7,500 audience members from all over NYC and the tri-state area journeyed up and down the LIC waterfront. Leading up to the festival, we hosted a  free three-month INSITU Community Dance Workshop in partnership with Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement.

INSITU 2018 is taking place on August 4 + 5 and is presenting 22 national and international choreographers and a total of 144 performances, 24 opportunities to move and create community dance and 2 one-month community dance workshops for seniors and young adults in partnership with Jacob A. Riis Settlement. All free to the public! Check out the 2018 artists here and the schedule here.


A Riverbank Awash in Movement
— The New York Times



INSITU’s mission is to activate public spaces through dance, provide a space for dialogue and integration and create community through the arts. It is 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 contributes to the visibility of the arts in Queens.



Svea Schneider, Founder/Artistic Director
Karen Kitchen, Co-Producer
Kendra Roberts, Development Lead
Jolie Saltiel, Festival Coordinator
Ericka Paparella, Festival Videographer and Video Editor (Kickstarter)
TBD, Festival Photographer
Geoff Mak, Website Design
Emma Coyle, Festival Intern
Jana Markova, Festival Intern
Claire Kendall, Festival Intern
Indre Ezerskyte, Festival Intern
Cstudio Design/Christine Sullivan and Kanan Shah, Design
Michelle Tabnick PR, Public Relations


Rob Basch, President, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy
Christopher Hanway, Executive Director, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Paul Januszewski, Vice President, Rockrose Development Corp.
Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director, Chocolate Factory Theater
Rob MacKay, Director of Marketing, Queens Economic Development Corporation


Gierre Godley/Project 44
Loni Landon/Loni Landon Dance Projects
Katherine Maxwell/Hivewild Dance
Joya Powell/Movement of the People Dance Company
Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre
Svea Schneider/Kinematik Dance Theater and INSITU
Paty Solorzano
John Zullo/
Raw Movement








Generous support for INSITU is provided by the Partnerships for Parks Capacity Funds Grant. 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 regrant 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.

We are eternally grateful to our local in-kind sponsors for donating crucial equipment to this year's festival:
Lentini Communications
Below the Line Production Supply

Many thanks to the following LIC cultural institutions for generously donating admission tickets:
Museum of the Moving Image
The Noguchi Museum
Queens Museum of Art





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