ANI TAJ is a director-choreographer and founder of The Dance Cartel. She choreographs large-scale dance experiences, music videos, concerts, non-traditional musicals and VR.
Highlights with The Dance Cartel include: Ace Hotel NY, PS1/MoMA, the High Line, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Shed, OBERON (ART); TV appearances on Conan and The Late Late Show; music videos for Yoko Ono, Reggie Watts, Shura & Vic Mensa.
In 2019 Taj & collaborator-sister Amy O’Neal co-choreographed Wajatta’s VR experience Runnin, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won “Best Interactive” at SXSW. In 2020, before the world stopped, Taj launched a giant and totally absurd immersive dance experience with longtime collaborator Sam Pinkleton, commissioned by Virgin Voyages - we hope it will be back before long.
Theater highlights include choreography for RUNAWAYS (Public Theater at the Delacorte, NY City Center), Good Men Wanted (NYSAF), and dancing in Tony-nominated Broadway hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. As a performer, Taj has also danced with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith, Les Freres Corbusier, Liz Swados. Taj is an Adjunct at NYU/ETW. @anitaj @thedancecartel (she/her/hers)