Casita Maria was proud to welcome Dancing in the Streets as a Company-in-Residence a in January 2011. Dancing in the Streets produces adventurous free public performances in unexpected places—grain silos, airplane hangers, forts, beaches, parks, rooftops, fire-escapes, grand staircases and in the middle of the street.
Since moving to the South Bronx, Dancing in the Streets is applying its 29-year legacy as a producer of innovative public performances to reclaim, revitalize, and promote natural, architectural, and cultural treasures of the Bronx; and contribute to the borough’s cultural renaissance through:
- Free public performances of dance, interdisciplinary, and site-specific works that build bridges across generations, communities, and cultures.
- Community and educational programs that deepen communal bonds, nurture emerging artists, and give voice to the strength, vitality, history, and aspirations of Bronx communities.
Founded in 1984, Dancing in the Streets (Dancing) has produced and presented over 500 free public performances by over 300 contemporary artists, including site-specific productions at spectacular urban sites by Meredith Monk, Ann Carlson, Douglas Dunn, Eiko & Koma, Joanna Haigood, Steve Koplowitz, Tere O’Connor, Elizabeth Streb, Reggie Wilson, and Yasuko Yakoshi.
In its early years, Dancing fostered site-specific work as a public art form across New York City, the U.S. and overseas. Since 2001, Dancing has become an urban pioneer, producing dance performances in unknown sites throughout the NYC metropolitan area, including the massive Port Authority Grain Terminal in Red Hook, the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Jay on Governors Island, and Hangar B at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.
Casita Maria and Dancing work together to co-produce a variety of performing arts events and initiatives including Hip Hop Generation Next and the South Bronx Culture Trail.