A/D/O by MINI and Studio INI present Samaritan – a three-part series of unique dance performances within Urban Imprint that will explore the human body's relationship with space and its physical surroundings. The series is inspired by Urban Imprint’s core values: how architecture and design can alter the experience of urban landscapes. Performances will be held August 16 and August 30. Tickets ($20, two for $35) include experience, performance and a reception with refreshments.


Choreographer: Damani Pompey

Co-producer: Imogen Pickles

Styled by The Break

Live score by Zachary Koeber

Dancers: David Parker, Matthew Perez, Evelyn Chen, Jillian Pajer, Cody Hayman

Choreographer Statement

In relation to Urban Imprint, I considered the relativity of the everyday person in many mini-mega cities, and their constant interactions weaving in and out of several physical structures. The anxiety and pressure to move through mostly quadrilateral designs (specifically in New York City) to attain the notion of destination made me think more of the transitional time of maneuvering around and through other human beings. The idea of Samaritan reminds me that the impression of great action, mood, and acknowledgment of others’ spaces and situations, are as malleable as the weight we put in our stride towards task-based living. To be a samaritan is to have honored the idea of community, seeking spaces to manifest organically. Every interaction and impression lead to the next day of urban development.

Choreographer Bio

Damani Pompey is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He had studied Shotokan karate for ten years before receiving his second degree black belt at age thirteen. Pompey attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Dance, graduating with The Stefanie Silverman Award under the direction of Michelle Mathesius. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance as an Adopt-a-Dancer in 2012, minoring in Arts Management. Pompey is currently an interdisciplinary artist; working as a movement educator, freelance lighting designer, movement artist, and choreographer based in New York City. He is currently finishing his first movement-based short film, "Crown Shyness." Pompey is the recipient of Kaatsbaan's Spring 2020 Upstream Residency Award. http://magnusworks.org

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Damani Pompey


Cody Hayman


David Parker


Evelyn Chen


Jillian Pajer


Mathew Perez


August 16, 2019
7:30 pm — 9:00 pm
$20 - 2 for $35
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