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ANIMALS moves through dance, script, video, and play in order to create moments that question human actions and the stability of the real. We create and then subvert audience expectations, using irreverence and incongruity as tools to re-frame situations, ideas and behaviors, allowing us to reappraise them from new perspectives. We strive to invent a new methodology for each production, allowing the aesthetic to be dictated by the content of the project, borrowing tools from various performance disciplines, visual arts practices, and scientific procedures.









DIRECTORS

♥ Nikki Calonge has had the pleasure of acting with theater companies such as Nellie Tinder, Hoi Polloi, Half Straddle and The National Asian American Theater Company and puppeteered in venues such as the Bushwick Starr, Incubator Arts Center, Walkerspace, Brooklyn Children's and Ann'sWarehouse. Her original work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center in Singapadu, Bali, the sidewalks of the East Village, Pier 36 and Dixon Place. Training: People's Improv Theater; Patravadi Theatre - Theater Mitu, Thailand; Traditional Dance and Wayang Kulit, Bali; BFA NYU-Tisch. nikkicalonge.info


♞ Michael De Angelis is a visual artist who has created video, sound, costume, prop and set pieces for theater companies Half Straddle, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and performance artists Becca Blackwell, Eliza Bent, and Dave Malloy among others. He has also assisted on and produced projects for visual artists Sharon Hayes, Matthew Buckingham, and Andrea Geyer. Commercially, Michael has shot, edited and produced video content for various websites such as BigThink.com and MarloThomas.com on Huffington Post and AOL. Education: The Cooper Union BFA in Fine Arts. michaeldeangelis.com


♣ Mike Mikos is a company member of ANIMALS, Witness Relocation and the Obie-award winning Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. He has performed and taught in Poland, Russia, Thailand, Australia, France, Romania, and across the United States. In New York he has performed at Dance Theatre Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, the Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, the Ontological, Incubator Arts Project, HERE Arts Center, and La MaMa ETC. Other recent credits include Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale at Castleton Opera Festival, conducted by the world-renowned Maestro Lorin Maazel, and choreographed by Faye Driscoll. Training: BFA NYU-Tisch; Patravadi Theatre, Thailand; Gardzienice Poland.




MEMBERS

♠ Ben Gansky is a Brooklyn-based producer, director, writer, and designer. His original stage work has been shown across the country and presented in New York at Incubator Arts Project, Dixon Place, and at Cloud City, where he is a co-founding artist-in-residence and performance curator. Ben is Associate Producer of Catch, the bi-monthly curated performance series now entering its tenth year, recently named Best Ambulatory Feast of Experimental Performance by the Village Voice. He's proud to work with ANIMALS. bengansky.com

☮ Brighid Greene started working with ANIMALS forThe Baroness is the Future in the glorious summer of 2013. She is currently in the award winning and critically acclaimed show Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects and is a dancer for choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin. Additionally she has worked with directors Sarah Rose Leonard and Katherine Brook, visual artists Liz Glynn and Ryan Frank, and has an ongoing creative somatic practice with Cori Olinghouse. She manages communications at Dance Films Association where she produces Dance on Camera with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. On screen she dances in various music videos, mostly just having fun with the band Friend Roulette. A native to the golden state, Brighid now lives in Ridgewood, Queens. She made her way from California to New York to attend Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Dance, a double major in Religious Studies, and as a recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award. brighidgreene.com

✾ Lucy Kaminsky has performed and collaborated with 600 Highwaymen, Nellie Tinder, Katherine Brook, Erin Courtney, Scott Adkins, Ariel Stess, Meghan Finn and Mac Wellman. Recent theater: the record (Under the Radar). Webseries: Whatever this is. B.A. Bard College.

⚑ Madison Krekel is a freelance performer whose interests have no boundaries in the world of art. She has performed works by Alexandra Beller, Alexis Convento, Vanessa Walters, LeeSaar The Company, Palissimo, Jodie Gates, Charles Moulton, Alex Ketley, and Ohad Naharin. She currently collaborates with Mark Lamb Dance, Nicole Wolcott, and performs in the Bessie award winning show, Third Rail Projects' Then She Fell. She is psyched to be an ANIMAL.

♪ Eva Peskin has been making live performance since 1992. Her first work was a solo reenactment of the musical Gypsy, which ran for several months in her parents's basement. Lately, she has been performing with ANIMALS in The Baroness is the Future at The Public Theater and Dixon Place. Since 2008, she has worked on over 40 projects including plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets, and contemporary performance, mostly in New York City. She operates primarily in collaborative environments, and serves as a performer, musician/composer, technologist, and rigorous conceptualizer. In addition to performance work, she writes academically about gender, queerness, performance and voice, and is a delegate at the 2014 ACS Gender Studies Conference and the 2014 International Federation for Theatre Research Conference. Eva is an M.F.A. candidate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College, and holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College.

♦ Wil Petre is a company member of ANIMALS and Witness Relocation, and has also worked with Les Freres Corbusier, Theater Mitu, chashama, Clancy Productions, and TR Warszawa. He was a member of the original creative cast of Queen of the Night, at the Diamond Horseshoe Club at the Paramount Hotel. His work has traveled him to France, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, as well as across the US. In New York he's been seen at St. Ann's Warehouse, La MaMa ETC, Playwright's Horizons, and the Cherry Lane. Along with Mike Mikos, he is a Cocktail Weenie, teaching and instructing the gentlemen and gentlewomen of New York City how to be an at-home bartender with craft, confidence, and showmanship. Training: BFA NYU-Tisch, People's Improv Theater. wilpetre.com

☏ Eric Shethar is an obligatorily Brooklyn-based performance producer and dramaturg working in the mediums of durational faggotry and flask tippling. In addition to howling with the ANIMALS, he works as part of the CATCH Performance Series producing team and as Ars Nova's Artistic and Management Assistant. As a dramaturg, he's collaborated with troublemakers such as Janine Nabers, Oliver Butler, Young Jean Lee, and Erin Markey. His writing has been featured on Culturebot, the Helix Queer Performance Network, and retweeted by Debra Messing.



FEATURED ARTISTS

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- Akira Fukui
- Zoe Geltman
- Kristin Jackson
- Jamie McGonagill
- Alessandro Magania
- Joel V. Melton
- Cyndi Perczek
- Eh-den Perlove
- Jay Ryan
- Nikaury Rodriguez
- Collin Smith
- Paige Snell
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