PUBLIC EVENTS ROCKING OUR WORLD
By. Megan Curet
In a city that vibrates with the warm season we wanted to touch base on some of the events that rocked our spring and the events that we look forward to the most this summer. From Astoria Dance Festival to Museum Mile Festival and INSITU Site Specific Dance Festival.
MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL
While this years Museum Mile Festival offered a number of free, fun and outdoor street events. Museums also opened their doors to the public for free exhibitions and visits on this bustling one night only event. However some of the most exciting event's did not actually take place inside as lines were often to long. So museums such as El Museo Del Barrio took many of their exciting events to the street. All women drumming teams, live Afro-Latin music playing and locals dancing to the various rhythms. There was also outdoor Afro-Cuban dance lessons for those who wanted to stretch their legs. Bringing performance, movement and live art to the actual public space was our favorite part!
JUNE 13, 2017 6PM-9PM
Dance Astoria is an annual dance festival held during late spring/early summer in Astoria, Queens featuring primarily Queen's based professional performers along with local dance studios. From tap dance, to Latin and contemporary styles. This years outdoor festival was welcomed by phenomenal sunshine and weather. The performance was free and for a few dollars more, you could enjoy the performance with a cold beer and a bite to eat in Astoria's Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. Talk about unusual spaces for dance! Our primary favorite pick is the ever enjoyable Jazz Roots Dance Company performing "Swing Is The Thing". Not only supporting free performances is NYC but the festival gives way to highlight actual NYC based dance companies.
JUNE 11, 2017 2PM
INSITU SITE SPECIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL
INSITU is back! Like most New Yorkers we cannot wait for what will take place this weekend in NYC! Along the LIC waterfront. A free two day dance event which presents some of New York's premiere companies and choreographers including a couple of TiLLT's favorites, BS Movement and Loni Landon Dance Project. While the rest of the dance scene in NYC figures out ways to procreate dance works in interesting spaces, founder Svea Schneider is taking it upon herself to do so in this annual dance festival. From streets, to parks, sidewalks and more, INSITU offers dance in unusual public spaces.
JULY 8+9 2017 12PM-7PM