Perform in the Park 2021

Congratulations to our inaugural group of Perform in the Park artists and entertainers for our 2021 season! Accepted through our open call submissions process, these performers will bring a variety of entertainment styles to the stages and spaces of Little Island, capturing the immersive energy of New York and bringing that spirit to life.


Sitting man holding a guitar
Anil Salem
A woman dancing and swaying outside in front of a tree
Rovaco Dance Company
Group of men sitting in front of a house, playing instruments
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Silhouette of hands and small animal puppets again a moon-like spotlight
Hit The Lights! Theater Co.
A woman hovering in the air with her arms and legs crossed
Avoir Motion Dance Project
Woman drawing while looking over a railing at people and a fountain below
Ishita Jain
Woman standing in an open field, the tail of her dress billowing in the wind
Kinesis Project Dance Theater
Man with glasses held to his face standing in foreground with another man in the background
Mark Gindick
Three women crawling on the floor looking up
Mozaik Dance

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The Performers

Abraham Sparrow — Clown, Juggler, and Magician

Acrobuffos — Physical Comedy

The Afro-Latineers — Afro-Latin Jazz Music

Anbessa Orchestra — Music

Anil Salem — Singer-Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist

Anthony Carrera — World Music, Multi-Instrumentalist

Anthony Rodriguez/The House of Xtravaganza — Performance Art/Dance

Avoir Motion Dance Project — Dance 

Baby Chemist — Americana Retro Band

Baby Soda Jazz Band — Small Ensemble Traditional Jazz Music

Bill Bowers Mime — Mime and Physical Theater

Bossa Tap Trio — Tap Dance and Brazilian Live Music 

Braata Folk Singers — Caribbean Folk Singing

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) — Mime and Physical Theater

Cassandra — Music

Country City — Folk/Country/Rock/Bluegrass Music

Cristian Allexia & Urbanova — World /Latin/Folk Music

Eganam Segbefia — Solo Trumpet, Classical/Jazz/Pop Music

Erik Robert Jacobson — Classical Music

Eyeglasses — Electric Cello Music

Fiddler and The Crossroads — Cajun/Punk Music

FJK Dance — Contemporary/Ballet

Glenn Roth — Solo Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

Griots in Concert — Storytelling and Music/Folk Arts

Hasta La Zeta — Cumbia Music

Haus of Us — Vogue Dance

Hit The Lights! Theater Co. — Devised Theater/Shadow Puppetry 

House of Waters — World Jazz Music

Ishita Jain — Live Drawing

It’s Showtime NYC! — Street Dance 

Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project — Ballet 

Joel Jeske — Vaudevillian Comedy Performer

John The Martyr — Soul/Funk/R&B Music

Joya Bravo — Violinist/Vocalist

Julian Austin — Singing Artist and Entertainer

Kate Douglas — Audio Promenade Piece 

Kinesis Project Dance Theater — Large Scale Outdoor Dance

Kiran Ahluwalia — Indian Contemporary/Western Blues/Rock/R&B/Jazz Music

Koku Gonza — Singer/Guitarist/Pianist

The Lobbyists — Music, Theater

Marcus Paul James — Singer-Songwriter, Soul Music

Mariachi Real De Mexico — Traditional Mariachi Music/Latin Music

Mark Gindick — Clown/Physical Comedy

Michela Marino Lerman - Love Movement — Tap Dance and Music

Missing Element — Beatbox and Street Dancing 

Mondays in the Club with Lance — Cabaret/Performance Art

Mozaik Dance — Popping, House/Contemporary/Hip-Hop Dance

Music From The Sole – Leonardo Sandoval & Gregory Richardson — Tap Dance and Music

The Opera Collective — Opera Music

Paradise Drummers — Africans Drum Music and Dance

Parallel Exit — Circus

Philippe Lemm Trio — Jazz Music

Priya Darshini — Indian Classical Music

Randy Mason — Hip-Hop/Rap Music

Roots To Shoots — Jazz/Funk/Beat/Klezmer/Rock/Dance Music

Rovaco Dance Company — Dance

Sameena Mitta/MeenMoves — Interactive Dance Theater

Sara Ontaneda — Alternative Pop Music

Saw Lady — Musical Saw Player

ShadowDance — Shadowplay Dance

Soul In The Horn — DJ/Live Music 

STEFA* — Classical Minimalism, Punk/Experimental Pop Music

Stephanie Chou — Music 

StreetMule — Solo Percussion and Didgeridoo Music

Sugar Vendil — Music 

Suki Rae — Flutist, Singer-Songwriter 

The Tale of Chef Kale — Performance Art, Song/Dance/Theater/Food Art 

Underground Horns — Music 

Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band — Vallenato and Cumbia Music 

XinOu Wei — Solo Violinist 

Zydeco Revelators — Zydeco and Cajun Music


About Perform in the Park

Applications closed on September 18, 2020 for our 2021 season.

Perform in the Park is Little Island's open submissions program, where we seek local artists to help populate a diverse mix of programs, series, and experiences throughout our season that aim to entertain, surprise and delight, and spark the imaginations of our visitors. We invite performers, artists, buskers, merrymakers, entertainers, troupes, bands, and players of all disciplines to apply who:

  • Are age(s) 18+ (or are legally permitted to employ child performers)
  • Will be living or working in the Greater New York City area in Summer 2021
  • Work in a range of performing arts and entertainment disciplines, with an emphasis on presentations that ignite imagination and engage outdoor audiences

All artists contracted by Little Island will be offered paid opportunities. Other benefits include free tickets to select Little Island programs, as well as special opportunities to connect and network with Little Island’s community of artists.

As a public park open to all, we have a strong commitment to providing accessible experiences for visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. To create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming, the majority of events in the park will be presented for free or at a low cost.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

To Apply

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