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Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am writing to extend my immense gratitude for your support of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama over these last 12 years and to fill you in on our upcoming season of engagements.

Thanks to your generosity, 2018 was a FABULOUS year full of premieres, an MFA graduation, performances, artist in residence, exhibitions, workshops, classes and trips to NC and VA! 

2019 can be just as great only with your continued patronage. So far, your assistance has helped me create outstanding performances & high caliber educational programs! So, I turn to you, my invaluable friends & supporters, to help bring dreams to fruition. 

Yes! I am a new graduate! 
I received an MFA in Choreography at Wilson College in May. I  dedicate this big two-year achievement to my three loves: Todd Carroll, Lucio and Fiamma, to my parents Antonio and Graciela, and to my family-in-law Linda and Tom Carroll for supporting me through this journey.

My work reflects my experience as a Latina/European artist living in New York & comes from a deep examination of my motivations as a woman, mother, & immigrant. My MFA thesis and the creative process of “No more beautiful dances” was painful, joyful, stressful, cathartic but mostly empowering. The premiere of this work at La Mama Moves was humbling, emotional and visceral. Most importantly, I felt embraced by a generous community, and by an enthusiastic and thoughtful audience.

“Whether investigating the immigrant experience, the legend of Mithras, stereotypical roles of Latin women or, in tonight’s case, her life, Anabella Lenzu delves into her subject matter with unabashed commitment. She wants us to experience the meat and gristle of things.” “Such personal material could read as self-indulgent in less competent hands, but Lenzu’s expert performance rivets us. Her story hits on our universal challenge: facing (and dealing with) life’s transitions.” Dance Enthusiast/ Christine Jowers 2018

Now, the Company is focused on the  2019 upcoming project “RELIVING/REVIVIR,” to be premiered in 2019 in NY.  After the inward exploration in NMBD, I now turn my attention outward to create repertory about the impact of these changes and to the massive sociopolitical upheaval. I have identified five key pieces of my repertory to re-visit. To be emphatically clear, we are not restaging the works, or programming a retrospective. We are investigating the very nature of the creative process, asking: “If a work of dance is created in the here and now, what happens when the here and now changes? How do the changes of our circumstances, our lives, and our bodies alter our approach as dancers and choreographers?” This exploration/experiment has implications for the field of dance at large. RELIVING/REVIVIR is a visitation of five of my past works: The Grass is Always Greener (2010), The Corral (2009), In Pursuit of Happiness (2015) Pachamama: Mother World (2013) and Sangre y Arena (Blood and Sand) (2012). And as if that wasn’t enough, we are also re-designing a NEW company website!

Here is a deeper look at what happened in 2018:

As a Choreographer/Dancer, I…

  • World Premiered “No more beautiful dances” at La Mama as part of La Mama Moves Festival Please read the AMAZING REVIEWS: http://www.anabellalenzu.com/reviews-and-press-quotes/
  •     Presented 12 work-in–progress & informal showings of “No more beautiful dances” at Movement Research at Jusdon Church, IDACO Festival at Baruch Performing Arts Center, WAXwork’s Series at Triskelion Arts, BeBe Theater in Asheville, NC, Snug HarborCultural Center & Botanical Garden, DUMBO Dance Festival,TRANSLATE Dance Festival at Dixon Place, NYC, DMAC (Duo Multicultural Arts Center), CPR (Center for Performance Research) and Queens Museum.
  • Re-staged parts of “The Corral” from the ALDD repertory on students at NYU Gallatin and Plunge program at Peridance.
  • I also offered two exbitibions of my drawings and photographs at SNUG Harbor Cultural Center, and at La Mama downstairs theater.

 Dance Film “No more beautiful dances”:  I created a 3min 33 sec dance film with the Italian videographer Angelo Vasta and the film received “Best Dance Film” award at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, and was selected to be featured in the following Festivals:

  • ScreenDance Festival Movimiento en Movimiento #7, Mexico City
  • The Dance Barn ScreenDANCE Festival in Battle Lake, MN
  • ADF’s Movies by Movers, Duke University and Appalachian State University, NC
  • “Dance on Film” Sarah Lawrence College- Bronxville, NY
  • “Dance on Film” Austin Dance Festival – Austin, TX
  • 2018 Dance Film Festival at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn
  • InShadow – Lisbon Screendance Festival, Lisboa, Portugal

“Anabella Lenzu’s dance film “No more beautiful dances” centered on her changing body, and on her identity as a dancer during pregnancy and childbirth. The film employed quick cuts of close-ups on her belly and thighs, lip smacks and oral sounds, bilingualism, and narrative elements to portray maternity’s bodily and emotional transformations that are, at times, disgusting, but ultimately redemptive” http://www.sandraolsen.com/reviews/austin-dance-festival 2018

As a Teacher, I was…

  • Artist-in-Residence at Gallatin (NYU)
  • Artist-in-Residence at Snug HarborCultural Center & Botanical Garden.
  • Artist-in-Residence at Asheville School, I worked extensively with the students and create a new choreography for Asheville School’s Spring interdisciplinary arts performance.
  • Guest teacher at Long Island High School for the Arts/ Nassau BOCES teaching both technique & DanceDrama repertory.
  •  Instructor for DanceDrama Technique & Repertory Workshop –Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mentor for Choreographic Development Projectfor New Choreographers, NYC
  • Guest teacher at Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, VA
  • Instructor for Masterclass – ModArts Dance Collective (MADC), New York
  • Instructor fora week long Summer Dance Theater Workshop at Peridance Center
  •  Instructor for two Drawing the Dance workshopsat The Art Students League of New York
  •  Instructor for a workshop at School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration
  •  Instructor for a Body Mapping Workshop at Queens Museum.
  •  Instructor for classes inDance Anatomy, Dance History, Dance Criticism & Barre a Terre for Peridance’s two year Certificate Program.
  •  Instructor for weekly DANCE THEATER classes at Peridance

As a Panelist/Speaker, I…

  • was part of a Selection Panel for Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Art Center (NY) & Board Member of IDACO 2018 (Italian Dance Connections Festival)
  • Speaker at Aesthetics and Politics of Embodied Artistic Expression at LEFTFORUM 2018, John Jay College, NYC
  • Speaker at Dance History Evolution conference -Asheville School, Asheville, NC

As an independent choreographer with a dynamic company, it is a challenging & expensive venture to create work & perform in NYC, & even more difficult to do so abroad with travel expenses. In order to pursue a high quality experience for artists & audience alike, we have set a modest fundraising goal of $10,000

            We invite you to participate in this goal & to share in the satisfaction of realizing a significant & meaningful process of exploration & discovery. Your tax deductible* contributions will help cover the cost of artist & collaborator fees, rehearsals space, costumes, videos, marketing & publicity. If your company has a Matching Gift program, your donation can go twice as far!

            Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama is made possible ONLY with your help!

The future of our company lies with you:

$2,000 covers rehearsal expenses for an entire show

$2,000 pays for the commission of an original score from a composer

$1,500 covers vocal/acting coaching for the show

$1,000 pays for a light designer for one show

$500 covers a full week of studio rental

$500 pays for a photo projector

$250 pays for a performance fee for a collaborator

$250 pays for the design and printing of postcards for publicity

$100 pays for the postage of the postcards

$100 pays for a costume for one dancer

$20 pays for one hour of rehearsal space

  • Donate Onlinehttps://thefield.org/sa/551753
  • Make checks payable to: The Field. 
In the Memo line: Anabella Lenzu
.        Please mail all checks to:
 Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama
233 Devoe St, 1B
Brooklyn, NY 11211
  • *Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.



Sincerely yours,  Anabella Lenzu

info@AnabellaLenzu.com

http://www.AnabellaLenzu.com



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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: 

*Monday, November 5th at 7:30pm:
I will present a 15 min. work-in-progress of my new work “Reliving/Revivir” at DMAC.
In RELIVING/REVIVIR I have identified five key pieces of my repertory, and I am going to to re-visit them, but as a soloist dancer. To be emphatically clear, I am not restaging the works, or programming a retrospective. I am investigating the very nature of the creative process, asking: “If a work of dance is created in the here and now, what happens when the here and now changes? How do the changes of our circumstances, our lives, and our bodies alter our approach as dancers and choreographers?
* Thursday, November 8th
and Friday, November 9th at 7:30pm:
So excited to be selected for CPR’s Fall Movement 2018 Artists!
I will be showing a 20 min excerpt of “No more beautiful dances” at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn.
http://www.cprnyc.org/events/fall-movement-2018/

“No More Beautiful Dances” wrestles with the ideas of being an immigrant and the exploration, introspection and re-framing of a woman after becoming a mother. This dance theater piece uses drawing, spoken word and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today.
Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu
Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Costumes: Jennifer Johanos

DANCE FILM: 

*Friday, November 16th at 9pm: My dance film “No more beautiful dances”will be featured at the 4th Annual Dance Film Festival at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn.

Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu
Cinematographer & Editor: Angelo Vasta
Acting Director & Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Technology advisor: Todd Carroll
Costumes: Jennifer Johanos
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: 

*Monday, November 5th at 7:30pm:
I will present a 15 min. work-in-progress of my new work “Reliving/Revivir” at DMAC.

In RELIVING/REVIVIR I have identified five key pieces of my repertory, and I am going to to re-visit them, but as a soloist dancer. To be emphatically clear, I am not restaging the works, or programming a retrospective. I am investigating the very nature of the creative process, asking: “If a work of dance is created in the here and now, what happens when the here and now changes? How do the changes of our circumstances, our lives, and our bodies alter our approach as dancers and choreographers?
* Thursday, November 8th
and Friday, November 9th at 7:30pm:
So excited to be selected for CPR’s Fall Movement 2018 Artists!
I will be showing a 20 min excerpt of “No more beautiful dances” at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn.
http://www.cprnyc.org/events/fall-movement-2018/

“No More Beautiful Dances” wrestles with the ideas of being an immigrant and the exploration, introspection and re-framing of a woman after becoming a mother. This dance theater piece uses drawing, spoken word and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today.
Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu
Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Costumes: Jennifer Johanos

DANCE FILM: 

*Friday, November 16th at 9pm: My dance film “No more beautiful dances”will be featured at the 4th Annual Dance Film Festival at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn.
https://www.triskelionarts.org/dance-film-festival

Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu
Cinematographer & Editor: Angelo Vasta
Acting Director & Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Technology advisor: Todd Carroll
Costumes: Jennifer Johanos
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Dance Theater Performance and participatory visual art creative workshop
“My body, my country” 
 
lead by Argentinean choreographer Anabella Lenzu at
  • Saturday, September 29th from 2-4pm.
FREE Admission.
How does our body becomes our homeland?
What does it mean to be a female human?
How do our bodies become a receptacle and messenger of the multiple realities we are immersed in?

During the 2 hour event, Anabella Lenzu performs excerpts of her dance-theater piece of “No more beautiful dances”, followed by 

a 10 minute Q & A afterwards.
The performance challenges the viewer to think about how they view bodies.
Afterwards she will lead a Body Mapping Workshop, where the partecipants use texts and drawings to share their own story of their bodies.

I would like to invite the audience, especially women living in Queens and NYC, to experience the same journey I went through in discovering my new body and accepting myself anew.

The aim of this event is to explore issues of identity and agency as experienced by a contemporary artist who is also a woman, mother and immigrant in the United States. We will explore identity and social relationships.

Body Mapping:  an inter-generational dialogue tool helping people of different generations to talk to each other. The experience builds trust and deepens people’s understanding of how their lives are all connected with each other.

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BIG NEWS:
starting on Thursday, September 13th,
I will teach regular DANCE THEATER CLASSES – Open Level
Every Thursday from 7:30-9:00PM
at Peridance Capezio Center 
(126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave, New York)
Can’t wait to share this journey with you!
For more info CLICK HERE:

Expand your craft, technique and creativity in an exclusive, personalized, classes. This is an opportunity for dancers, actors and performers to develop their potential on both movement and theater performance skills and connect both to become more authentic, expressive performers.

This class explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation and body coordination and control. 

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Part-time Intern Position available for: 
Development and Marketing
Ana Puerta
AL/DD offers stimulating internship opportunities for someone seeking experience in arts administration, development and marketing. The intern will gain experience in operations, marketing, public relations, archiving and production within a small yet very active professional dance company. The intern will directly assist Anabella Lenzu, Artistic Director, with producing events, marketing campaigns, grant research, database management and other pertinent work. Applicants should be available to commit for a minimum of 3 months, hours negotiable (8 hours / week preferred).
Internships can range from 3-12 month commitments, initially unpaid, with the opportunity to grow into a paid position.
The internship will start on September 3, 2018.

Development and Marketing Intern
1. Qualifications: 
The Administration applicant must have excellent oral and written communications skills, be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines. The candidate for the internship position must work well independently, with exceptional attention to detail, outstanding communications and organizational skills, and a passion for the arts.

2. Compensation:  
This is an unpaid internship. AL/DD will provide a diligent and reliable intern with excellent recommendation letters and free performance tickets and the opportunity to attend Anabella Lenzu’s classes (for those with a dance background). This is a great opportunity to gain real life experience working closely with a small professional Arts Organization.

To be considered for the position, please write a cover letter
(no longer than 1 page) explaining:
a) Why you wish to intern at AL/DD
b) Your qualifications and interests
c) Your goals and expectations for the internship and dates and days of the week you are available
Applications due: August 20, 2018. 
For more Info CLICK HERE

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DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP:
Emotion creates Motion and Motion creates Emotion
Jul 23 – Jul 27, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
at Peridance Capezio Center (126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave, NYC)

FACULTY: ANABELLA LENZU

Expand your craft, technique and creativity in an exclusive, personalized, tailored program. This is an opportunity for dancers, actors and performers to develop their potential on both movement and theater performance skills and connect both to become more authentic, expressive performers.

This Workshop explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation and body coordination and control.

DANCE TECHNIQUE (Monday – Friday, 10:00- 11:30AM)
Students develop alignment technique and an understanding of the dynamic in dance. Increase flexibility and strength as well as to develop muscular awareness in order to prevent injuries. Using phrases of repertory, students solve technical problems, using fundamentals of ballet and modern dance techniques. Proper technique is the foundation for learning to dance and control the body, showing how to use one’s muscles, achieve balance, and become aware of posture and placement.

REPERTORY (Monday – Friday, 11:30AM-1:00PM)
Students experience and study Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama repertory. The emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures. The search is for authentic and honest movement. Derived from our most basic impulses, these dance works use this principle to examine relationships between the individual and society, exploring communication, identity, memory, and spirituality, the relationship between people and their environment, the struggle for women’s identity and their role in society, and the nobility of the body as a temple for our mind, soul, and heart. There will be a showing on the final day of the workshop (Friday, July 27) from 12:40-1:00PM to showcase repertory developed during the workshop.

CONCLUSION:
It is an honor for me to be able to sustain and support dancers in the delicate task of cultivating their awareness of themselves as individual artists. As we become aware of our passions and strengths, we are able to wake the creative impulse in others. I seek what is essential and want to connect or reconnect people with the joy of dance. Wherever I go, I teach with a human and comprehensive pedagogy in which creativity, ethics and aesthetics are intertwined. – Anabella

Workshop Fee(Tech +Rep): $200
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