‘Wet Clutch’ Pushes Boundaries

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Dance Cartel. Photo by Ebru Yildiz for Dance Cartel

The best way to understand “Wet Clutch” is by living it.

Billed as an “immersive drive-in dance experience,” the site-specific performance installation by The Dance Cartel will merge into a physical exchange that culminates with a live set by DJ Average Jo on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Southampton Arts Center.

“The Dance Cartel pushes boundaries and defies expectations of traditional dance performance,” Artistic Director Amy Kirwin said in a press release. “The immersive, participatory performance will be something entirely new for SAC, activating our grounds in an exciting and cutting-edge way.”

Choreographed by Ani Taj, “Wet Clutch” reinterprets and remixes movie heroines from the last four decades of American film and features a layered original video design, an explosive and electric soundtrack and high-endurance live performance by TDC’s diverse group of dancers, according to a press release.

Set against the backdrop of a drive-in screen and two Cartel vehicles, audience members will become part of the architecture of live choreography as they engage a communal reinterpretation of popular film tropes. The soundtrack will be supported by the Cartel car sound systems, blasting different beats mixed live from controls inside each automobile.

“Wet Clutch will be a thrilling experience for all,” Executive Director Tom Dunn said in a press release, “and we are delighted to share this vibrant one-of-a-kind experience with the Southampton community as a celebration of the end of our sixth summer season.”

Admission is free. For more information, call (631) 283-0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org.

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