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WE ARE COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM, a choreographed dance-comedy act, and we dance until people start laughing. We have a hyper-earnest talent show quality with character-driven performances and people love it. We’re physically adept, absurd, and committed. 

Our diverse range (independent film, visual art, synesthesia) informs our comedy, which culls Minelli theatrics and Streep subtleties into a delightfully entertaining package. We’ve got a beat and you can dance to it.


RESUME

SOMETHING NEW: INNOVATION IN CONTEMPORARY COMEDY 
Miriam Katz, MoMA PS1

OPENING CEREMONY ACT for 2013 ING NYC MARATHON
NYRR, Central Park

BAM & IFC Present: Get It Out There
Caroline Creaghead, BAM Cafe

BROAD CITY
Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer,
Upright Citizens Brigade NY

THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW
Chris Gethard, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM: SPRING RECITAL
The PIT

ENTERTAINING THE BARTENDER
Jena Friedman, Ace Hotel

GENTRIFY! BROOKLYN
Upright Citizens Brigade NY

HEART OF DARKNESS
Greg Barris, Union Hall

THE MOON
Bob Walles & Nat Towsen, Union Pool

REDUCTRESS LIVE
THE BELL HOUSE

SASHEER ZAMATA PARTY TIME!
THE BELL HOUSE

SHOWGASM
John Early, ArsNova

VARIETY SHAC
Shonali Bhowmik & Andrea Rosen
Upright Citizens Brigade NY


MEET THE LADIES

SUNITA MANI is an actor, dancer, and improviser based in New York City. Hailing from the live comedy scene, she has moved into TV and film and that music video: "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon (2014 VMA winner “Best Direction" dir. DANIELS). On-screen appearances include: Broad City (Comedy Central), Search Party (TBS), The Good Place (NBC), and in indie films like Don't Think Twice alongside Mike Birbiglia. Currently, she recurs as Trenton on USA's Mr. Robot and as Arthie Premkumar in Netflix's wrestling series GLOW. Sunita is from Dickson, TN.

TALLIE MEDEL is an actor, comedian, writer and choreographer based in New York City. Her work in film has garnered acclaim in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Indiewire and awards from Sidewalk Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival. She’s appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City. Tallie is from Ketchikan, Alaska. 

Instagram & Twitter: @talliemedel

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ELEANORE PIENTA is an actor, director, comedian, and dancer and visual artist, and elephant and choreographer and friend and daughter and performance artist and well, everything.  She has garnered awards for her performances in the indie hits: See You Next Tuesday7 Chinese BrothersA Bad Idea Gone Wrong.  She most recently wrote/directed/starred in Ada, a short film about an unlikeable girl.  It will be in a huge movie theater near you in 2018.  You can catch her performing her characters live on the supple stages of the New York comedy scene.  She originally hails from Valatie, NY.

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UPCOMING SHOWS & EVENTS

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THE GARDEN PARTY

MONDAY, JULY 15 @ 8PM | TICKETS HERE

ARS NOVA 511 WEST 54TH ST NEW YORK NY 10019

You’ve heard of friendship, yes? Gardens, right? And parties? Well. Imagine the drama of all three at the same time, with dance. This trio of New York City alt-comedy favorites have been best friends and creative collaborators for over ten years. Nothing could ever tear them apart. Just kidding. Behold as they volley and spike their friendship and artistic intimacy between high-brow and low-brow. The Garden Party is an original night of comedy making its debut in London and you’re invited to the exclusive NYC preview. Come to the garden party… There’s gonna be a fight.

LATITUDE FESTIVAL

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LATITUDE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, JULY 19 | TICKETS HERE

THE CABARET THEATRE Henham Park, Suffolk UK

Soho Theatre return to Latitude with an unforgettable late-night takeover featuring boundary pushing comedy and cabaret artists from all over the world.

Headlining in their UK debut are New York City alt-comedy favourites Cocoon Central Dance Team. They are joined by MC for the night and Soho Theatre favourite Jayde Adams, star of the alternative LA comedy scene Courtney Pauroso, top Indian stand-up Aditi Mittal, New York native and zeitgeisty comic Janine Harouni and the daft and delightful Lucy Pearman. Dance away the small hours with an improvised celebration of noise and chaos as The Spencer Jones Disco Experiment takes over to end the night.

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THE GARDEN PARTY

MONDAY, JULY 22 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 @ 7:30PM

TICKETS HERE

SOHO THEATRE 21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE, UK

Cocoon Central Dance Team (Sunita Mani, Tallie Medel and Eleanore Pienta) present The Garden Party. You’ve heard of friendship, yes? Gardens, right? And parties? Well. Imagine the drama of all three at the same time, with dance. Now try imagining a party without Sunita, Tallie and Eleanore. No thanks

 This trio of New York City alt-comedy favorites have been best friends and creative collaborators for over ten years. Nothing could ever tear them apart. Just kidding. Ever been in a relationship? It’s hard…and these three are overdue for a fight. Behold as they volley and spike their friendship and artistic intimacy.

Sunita, Tallie and Eleanore sashay through the Cocoon universe with high-energy choreography, videos, uncanny chemistry, and live acts of vicious betrayal, and for the first time they’re bringing a London audience along for the ride. Honoring the human body’s stupidity and a songbook of early 00’s pop hits, these three have to be seen to be believed.

High-brow collides with low-brow to form the perfect unibrow. The Garden Party is an original night of comedy making its debut in London. Come to the garden party… There’s gonna be a fight.

Credits include MoMA, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters in New York and Los Angeles, opening for Broad City Live, and creating the acclaimed 2017 film Snowy Bing Bongs Across The North Star Combat Zone (BAFICI, BAMCinemaFest, International Film Festival Rotterdam). Independently, Mani, Medel and Pienta have been featured on G.L.O.W., Broad City, Search Party, Inside Amy Schumer and in a truly staggering number of music videos and feature films.

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image: REBECCA CLARKE

CONTACT

Want to book us?

MANAGER
MOSAIC | Lisa Mierke

Lisa@mosaicla.com
(310) 786-8986

AGENT 
PARADIGM | John Domingos

jdomingos@paradigmagency.com
(212) 897-6400

Wanna say hi?
cocooncentral@gmail.com