By The Dance Cartel
Driven equally by pumping bass, glitter, dance heroism and feats of endurance, this 90-minute, energy-busting experience is part dance, part video installation, part DJ set and part concert. The show will feature local DJs and guest artists.
The Dance Cartel is after a new brand of dance experience. Taking note of a dance community that often serves a niche audience, TDC creates dances that are VIBRANT, IMMERSIVE and often PARTICIPATORY. Without sacrificing technical rigor or artistic ambition as a dance company, we endeavor to employ the social nature of dance, the charge of a party, and the sharpness of a music video to a fresh dance vocabulary that any Joe can get down with.
ANI TAJ | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Native New Yorker ANI TAJ is a choreographer, performer, music-head and founder of The Dance Cartel. Ani choreographs art parties, music videos, contemporary musicals, plays, concerts, flash mobs, gallery happenings and more. Her work is fueled by research trips to Brazil and loves to make dances inspired by Carnaval. While bridging gaps between dance and music scenes, Ani keeps one foot in the world of live theatre and experimental musicals. Recent projects include RUNAWAYS (NY City Center), Lazarus (NYTW - Associate to Annie-B Parson), NOIR (NY Stage & Film), The Nomad (The Flea), Good Men Wanted (Arena Stages, Ars Nova), and Jesse Eisenberg’s Asuncion (Rattlestick Theatre). As a performer, Ani has worked with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Les Freres Corbusier, David Dorfman Dance, Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith, Jenny Koons, Liz Swados; she is currently performing with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway. She is an Adjunct Professor of movement and dance at NYU.
SAM PINKLETON | CO-DIRECTOR, ONTHEFLOOR
Sam Pinkleton is a director and choreographer based in New York City. Born and bred in an untamed corner of the American South, Sam has created and developed new theatre, opera, and dance with The Vineyard Theatre, The O’Neill, The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Primary Stages, City Theatre, and La MaMa. Sam was Choreographer for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at both A.R.T. and on Broadway, Associate Director for the Broadway production of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, and is a member of internationally acclaimed dance-theater company Witness Relocation. He teaches a series of lowbrow dance classes at NYU and is currently working on a number of new plays, dances, music videos, and parties.