ONTHEFLOOR
OBERON Presents, OBERON Shows
April 27 & 28, 2017 at 9PM
"It’s haute-performance theory with a house party vibe."
The New York Times

 


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.

DJs
April 27: DJ Colby Drasher (Don't Ask Don't Tell)
April 28: FrenchY

Featuring guest artists
Niki Luparelli (Strip Zeppelin, Oh You Pretty Things!) and Grooversity

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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.


MORGAN GREEN | CO-DIRECTOR, ONTHEFLOOR
Morgan Green is a nice person and theater director/ co-founder of the Brooklyn-based company, New Saloon. Most recently, her work was seen at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival Incoming! Series, a production of MINOR CHARACTER: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time. Other recent works include I'm Miserable but Change Scares Me by Milo Cramer (The Brick) and MOMS by Sarah DeLappe (Engarde Arts BOSS Festival). Morgan is the Associate Director for Amelie, A New Musical on Broadway directed by Pam MacKinnon. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, an alumni of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and Williamstown Theater Festival Directing Core, and a 2014-2015 Bob Moss Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons. This summer she will be directing three shows at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, Connecticut in their first ever "Director Driven" season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dance Cartel

Alexandra Albrecht
A freelance dance artist based in New York City. She has collaborated and performed with Hilary Easton, Natalie Green, Ryan McNamara, Jillian Peña, Stacy Grossfield Sperling and Ani Taj/The Dance Cartel, among others. She appeared on "Conan" (2013) and "The Late Late Show" (2015) with Reggie Watts and The Dance Cartel. She was a dancer for the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographic Residency at The Yard in the Summer of 2007 and curated Dance at The Tank from 2009-2012. Alexandra moonlights as a personal chef. She holds a BFA in Dance and BA in Journalism from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and College of Arts and Science.

 

nicHi douglas
An actor, dancer, choreographer and writer. she has performed all over New York and the country as an actor/dancer in the freelance capacity, in addition to performing nationally with The Dance Cartel and literacy-focused children’s theatre company The Story Pirates. She currently teaches Movement and Choreo in the NYU: Tisch Drama Department – Playwright’s Horizon Theatre School studio. Recent/Upcoming credits: Blue Plate Special (Ars Nova ANT Fest, Choreographer), Runaways (NY City Center, Associate Choreographer), Pharma Bro: An American Douchical  (The Player's Theater, Choreographer). BFA in Drama, NYU; MFA in Creative Writing, The New School.

 

Thomas Gibbons
A native Bostonian, Thomas Gibbons is a multidisciplinary artist whose work applies performance and dance tenets to fashion, photography, film and design. Recent collaborators include Band of Outsiders, Document Journal, MiLK Group, Tom Ford, NOWNESS, Vogue Ukraine and artists Penny Arcade, Ryan McNamara, Sigrid Lauren and Anne Imhof. His choreographic work, Every Man's Home Is His Wife's Castle, has been shown at Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Graduate of NYU. www.thomas-gibbons.com

 

Audrey Hailes
A dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC. Committed to public performance as a necessary tool for wellness and revolution, she received a BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU and is a 2013 Laundromat Create Change Fellow. Audrey is a teaching artist, performer with The Dance Cartel and co-host of the women-run radio show Hip Hop and Her Family. Her work was recently commissioned by Gibney Dance and Dance Theatre Etc.

 

Sunny Hitt
A NYC-based performer and teaching artist. She currently teaches movement classes at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU and at Abrons Arts Center. In 2014 she performed the iconic solo Heartbeat at the Gramercy Theater, originally conceived by sound artist/architect Christopher Janney (MIT, Janney Sound/PhenomenArts) and choreographer Sara Rudner. In 2015 Sunny performed with the ensemble of The Tempest, as part of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park. She is also a certified yoga instructor, coffee junkie, and avid cyclist. Sunny has been a proud member of The Dance Cartel since 2013.  www.sunnyhitt.com

 

Ani Taj
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.
 

TodayTix catches up with Ani to discuss the inspiration behind The Dance Cartel, her favorite aspects of performing, and why ONTHEFLOOR is the most exhilarating, sweaty fun you’ll have in Boston this season! More

A key part of the Cartel's mission is to break down the boundary between audience and performer and to open up the expectation of what a dance performance can be: it's a party AND a show, an experience AND a story. More

It’s haute-performance theory with a house party vibe. More

The evening works as a cohesive whole because of its overriding sense of community. With the audience constantly moving around to change the playing space, the dance floor becomes a living, breathing thing that constantly adapts to what will be performed. More

Press Releases

OBERON presents ONTHEFLOOR, created and performed by The Dance Cartel with DJ Colby Drasher, featuring live performances by Grooversity and Niki Luparelli. Performances will be held on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 at OBERON, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge.

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Tickets from $15. Prices increase at door.

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

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