Join us for our action packed Halloween edition of Djam NYC. Please show up in costume. We will have a little parade and give out prizes for the best dressed!
The electrifying Sarma Brass band will play.
Tano Brock: Alto Sax, Clarinet
Aya Safiya: Voice
Andrija Gavrilovic: Trumpet
John Cushing: Euphonium
Aaron Kisslinger: Euphonium
Joe Ricard: Sousaphone
Panos Georgakopoulos: Drums
Mersid Mustafov: Darbuka
Renee Renata Bergan
Kaeshi Chai wearing a costume by Clair Seager-Galron
Irina Akulenko and her group (Shoko Batson, Han Chen, Calixta Starr, Andrea Henriquez)
Solstice Tribe (Ally Hussain, Zuleika Milan, Heidi Singer, Heather Bondra, Sera Solstice)
Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036 between 44th and 45th St
6:30-7:00pm Doors Open
$15 Early Bird / $20 Tier 1 / $25 at the Door / $15 after 8:30pm.
Plus 1 drink or food item if seated at the bar
or 2 drink or food items if seated at a table
Tickets are general admission and non-refundable.
ENGINE ROOM MENU
TABLE RESERVATIONS: Text Lindy at (929)497-6304 with your name and number of people you want seated at your table.
DETAILED BIOGRAPHIES (Listed Alphabetically)
DESERT SIN – Experience the beautiful and grotesque with Desert Sin, a NY based dance company that couples visual spectacle with emotional movement using entrancing characters in innovative stories that reflect the world in which we live. Under Artistic Director, Djahari Clark, Desert Sin continues to use impassioned creativity to maintain itself as an inspirational theatrical dance company.
DJAHARI CLARK loves the transformative art of storytelling through movement. With a strong background in theater arts, Persian Ballet, and Middle Eastern Dance she weaves the aesthetics of the beautiful and grotesque to create sensational theater, while continually challenging our pre-conceived notions of “Other”. The founder of Desert Sin, she has traveled the world as a teacher, director, and performer. Djahari has also worked with Ya!Helewa Dance Company, Hidden Room Theatre (Austin Chronicle’s Top Ten Theatrical Wonders), and was a principle dancer for 10 years in Abdollah Nazemi’s Pars National Ballet Company. Her original productions have run at such venues as Hollywood’s Ivar Theater, Galapagos Art Space, Bushwick Starr, House of Yes, Dixon Place, and The Zipper Factory.
IRINA AKULENKO is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. Since 2001, Irina explored Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Flamenco and Classical Indian dances (focusing mainly on Odissi) and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released three instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and has two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts. www.DanceIrina.com
KAESHI CHAI is a NYC-based performer, theatrical director, teacher trainer, and award winning designer. She co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has extensive training in contemporary dance, physical theatre and Silk Road dances spanning the Middle East to China. She has taught or performed in 47 states and 38 countries. She is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia and curates the Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together.
Current projects include Ocean Stories, a performance integrating art and science to create more environmental awareness, and Creative Labs in which participants conceptualize, choreograph and mount full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. www.kaeshi.com www.pureglobe.org www.bellyqueen.com
AMANDA MOTTUR is a NYC based dancer and artist, and has relished being with Desert Sin since 2010. In her spare time she likes using her imagination & looking at foster kitten accounts on IG.
RENATA is a multi-faceted performer: singer, dancer, percussionist, fire spinner, stilt walker and actor! Her dancing tutelage and experience over the past 30 years includes bellydance, salsa, African, Indian khatak, flamenco, tango, ballet and modern. She currently performs as a soloist and is a member of Desert Sin. She is also a member of Enchanted, an 8 piece international fire troupe. Past NY companies include Alchemy Dance Theater and Bold Bellydance. Most recently she has joined the psychedelic dancing clown troupe, Fou York, a franchise of the San Francisco troupe, Fou Fou Ha. They have been performing weekly at the McKittrick Hotel for the Susanne Bartsch Follies show. When she’s not tromping around, she may be singing or banging on a drum. Her other life is as an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer.
SARMA BRASS BAND – The 8-piece Balkan Sarma Brass Band will evoke the energetic grooves and soaring melodies of the Balkan Roma on Sun Oct 20th. The band draws upon founder/leader Tano Brock’s upbringing in the Balkan music scene in Northern California, as well as his travels and studies throughout the Balkans. They play original material as well as a variety of traditional music from Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, and Albania. Featuring musicians from the US, Serbia, Turkey, and Palestine, Sarma Brass Band represents an international love of Balkan Brass. Their full and epic sound, consisting of groovy melodies and chest-thumping rhythms, will entice even the most shy listener to dance.
SERA SOLSTICE is a dancer/choreographer, founder and director of the dance troupe SOLSTICE TRIBE and electronic music producer based in Brooklyn New York. Sera has produced and directed dozens of events in New York, both in the theater and in night clubs. In addition, Sera has been invited to teach workshops and perform throughout Europe, the UK, South America and the United States. She is hosted by mostly by Tribal Fusion festivals and communities, as well as Gothic Style enthusiasts.
ZAHRA HASHEMIAN is a dancer, actor, and vocalist living in New York City. She had the privilege to perform at Lincoln Center as the lead solo dancer for the Metropolitan Opera production of Thaïs during the 2008–09 season. She works regularly with Desert Sin Dance. Zahra has performed at such venues as the Merce Cunningham Theater, Webster Hall, club Element, The Knitting Factory, Club Sol, FIT Theater, The Zipper Factory Theater, Producer’s Club, Shanghai Mermaid’s Red Lotus Room, Theatre de Menilmontant (Paris, France), and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, to name a few. Her dance training includes Bellydance (emphasis on Tribal Fusion style), Swing, Modern, Jazz, and Tango.