The 2017 Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) announces this season’s line-up of 27 cultural and contemporary dance groups, whose performances open July 19-20 outdoors at the Hunter’s Point Park waterfront in Long Island City. Unique to the festival, every dance group presented is from Queens, this year representing 12 different neighborhoods spanning anywhere from Astoria to Howard Beach. An overwhelming majority (over 70%) of the dances performed will be Queens premieres, reflecting how the festival is addressing the need for more Queens dance presence in the borough, and encouraging Queens dance companies to invest in more Queens audiences. This season features a spectrum of dance styles including Indian Kathak, tap, Chinese Lion Dancing, aerial silks, Japanese, modern, Colombian folk, house, bellydance, Bhangra, and more.
“Each year, more cultural groups are participating in the festival, which has been really exciting,” says Karesia Batan, QDF founder/director. “It’s a different opportunity where Queens-based cultural groups and contemporary dance companies share a platform, and expand each other’s audiences.”
This year’s QDF performance season runs in two parts: July 19-20 outdoors, then October 5-8 at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. July outdoor performances include a special pre-show VIP happy hour at the nearby Crabhouse restaurant (2-03 Borden Ave, Long Island City), featuring an exclusively Queens-themed raffle and gift bags to enhance the audience outdoor experience. Tickets to the VIP happy hour at the Crabhouse are $20 online/$25 at the door. Attending only the performances at the Hunter’s Point Park waterfront is free to the public.
2017 Queensboro Dance Festival dance companies:
Xiang Xu Dance Theater
New York Hung Sing Kwoon Lion Dance & Kung Fu
CLaF Dance Project
Prashant Shah and Dancers
Barbara Mahler’s Dances
Noora Dance Theater
Vissi Dance Theater
The Rogue Dancers
Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre/Billy Blanken
IchiFuji-kai Dance Association (Resobox)
The Physical Plant
Gotham Dance Theater
Dugal Dance Projects
Each performance in July and October will have a different line-up of dance companies. Schedule information and tickets are available at www.QueensboroDanceFestival.com.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual season of performances and public events for Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance groups. Founded in 2014, the festival’s mission is to strengthen the dance community across Queens and garner a greater appreciation for Queens dance. Throughout the season of performances, QDF also offers participants free dance classes, meet-and-greets, discounted rehearsal space, special access to various Queens arts institutions, and free outdoor previews in various neighborhoods called “The QDF Neighborhoods Tour,” as opportunities for dancers to connect with their own neighborhoods. QDF is produced by The Physical Plant, a dance + production company based in Long Island City led by Karesia Batan. The Physical Plant is dedicated to creating meaningful dance works, and providing innovative dance programming that bridges communities within Queens and the arts.