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Dear Friends, Dancers, and Students:
As a little gift for you, I want to share one of my chapters from my book “Unveiling Motion and Emotion” that I published in 2013, because it may help with these times of social distancing.

https://www.anabellalenzu.com/emotion-creates-motion

Let’s see the glass half full.

Enjoy and use this quiet time to deepen in your practice, art, and research.
Much love and Gratitude from Brooklyn! Anabella

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I WANT TO BE THE ETERNAL STUDENT
The period of my greatest creative and technical growth as a dancer came over the course of four years (1995-1999) in my home city of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, where I directed my own school, “L’Atelier” Centro Creativo de Danza.
Every morning I would teach with my assistant Soledad Gutierrez, and I gave myself a class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yes, I taught myself! It was a matter of self-discipline, self-knowledge, and self-respect.
Without self-discipline, conscience, and maturity, nothing in life bears fruit – and that is especially true in a dancer’s career.
Why was that period so significant for me? Because even when I felt tired or lazy, I knew that without work, growth was impossible, and a voice from my subconscious urged me to believe in myself.
Even when I wasn’t at 100 percent, I would get up, drink a cup of tea, and leave for my studio. My routine: one hour of stretching and physical preparation; one hour at the barre; one hour in the center; then I rehearsed. How hard it is to have the discipline and commitment to work with yourself day after day! But oh the beauty…
Why is it so hard for us to take the time to connect with ourselves through movement, even though we know it always makes us feel better? Laziness, distractions, fear of failure, and fear of our own limitations are just some of the monsters to be vanquished.
Now why, after so many years of taking a class from other teachers, was this period so valuable for me? Because I am both my best student and my best teacher. That time teaching myself is and was my best gift: the chance to dedicate time to listen to myself and, in a way, re-create myself.
Today, living in New York, a mother and wife, a professor at two universities, and the director of my own dance company, I feel distractions gnawing at me constantly, trying to keep me from listening to myself again.
The life of a dancer is a constant fight interspersed with bursts of development, full of work, filled with distractions and procrastination.
The conscience and self-discipline that I acquired in that time accompany me to this day, helping me face life each day because inside I know who I am.
One puts oneself to the test looking in the mirror every day, trying to decipher one’s reflection. Many times we don’t want to see the truth; we’d rather turn a blind eye or come up with a false self-image. I was bulimic but with my family’s – and especially my mother Graciela’s – patience and guidance, I overcame it. Many times I reached my physical and mental limits. I suffered panic attacks and felt I couldn’t control my life, and thank God I overcame those as well. I overcame them by listening to myself, confronting my- self in the mirror, closing my eyes and cultivating an internal self- image. This is my dance training, and I apply it to all areas of my life.
Our perception develops. As dancers (after years of training), we know how we appear externally, how the audience sees and perceives us. We have built our internal framework, the skeleton of our artistic selves, and just as we built the house, we must furnish the interiors.
When we close our eyes, monsters appear fear, insecurity, perfectionism, self-repression, censorship. When we close our eyes, we can’t lie to ourselves, we are forced to exist in the here and now, without taking flight or letting our imaginations transport us elsewhere. Through years of constant, persistent work, we form an umbilical cord – a connection – between the darkness and the light.
I invite you to submerge yourself and pursue self-knowledge be-cause without that, we are lost in life. When we remain strangers to ourselves, we are deprived of the pleasure of growing, transforming, and finally discovering an inner balance.
That period in Argentina was my creative and pedagogical laboratory, a place everyone should build for themselves so they can enter it daily and when needed.
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Dear Friends, Dancers, and Students:
As a little gift for you, I have compiled a list of amazing and free resources online where you can research and see dance, plays, musicals, concerts, museums and libraries from your home no matter where you are.
Enjoy and use this quiet time to deepen in your practices, arts, and research. 
Much love and Gratitude from Brooklyn,
Anabella
 
Also: 
  • Youtube is a great resource to expand knowledge about dance and artists. As a choreographer & dance history and dance criticism professor, I created a library on my page, which enables dancers to view and analyze historical and contemporary dance pieces. I created 100 playlists (with approximately 1,200 videos) organized by historical periods and choreographers. Please SUBSCRIBE to my youtube page.
  • Pinterest:  I created a board about METHODOLOGYof TEACHING DANCE.  Subscribe to see amazing images about anatomy, kinesiology, centers of energy to enhance your dance technique and get inspired by accurate imagery.
 
 
Books for FREE to download from the NYPL in NYC:
 
UNESCO Library
 
Montreal Library
 
3000 Arts Book to Download in PDF
 


12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch:
https://hellogiggles.com/news/museums-with-virtual-tours/?utm_term=A36AA812-655E-11EA-97D8-7D87C28169F1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=hellogiggles_hellogiggles&fbclid=IwAR2V7xOqDKZmOkYQtPu-5TZ_aM1VLO1VHkahR7sOL3NcBZ0sxiQCfnUrYx0 

500 museums virtual tours: https://artsandculture.google.com 

Plays and Musicals Switch to Streaming: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/theater/theater-streaming.html?fbclid=IwAR15vAURx4AH6OEx7ZUqvqmPoceialDTwh9IrFefrlaTDOzyu2vBZHdrzos

Ópera de París
https://www.operadeparis.fr/
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/

Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD”: https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/

 
 

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

 
Dance Podcast in NYC:
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“My Body, My Country” 
Dance Theater Performance 
and participatory 
Visual Art Creative Workshop
 
Lead by Argentinean choreographer Anabella Lenzu 
  • Presented by BAAD as part BAAD!ASS Women Festival

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020

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at The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, Westchester Square)

FREE ADMISSION
&

at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012)

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How does our body become our homeland? 
How do our bodies become a receptacle and messenger of the multiple realities we are immersed in?

During the event, Anabella Lenzu performs excerpts of her dance-theater piece of “No more beautiful dances”, followed by a 10 minute Q & A. 

The performance challenges the viewer to think about how they view bodies.

The performance will be followed by a Body Mapping Workshop, where the participants use texts and drawings to share their own stories of their bodies. Body Mapping is 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. 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. Through the shared creative process, we will explore identity and social relationships.

This performance and workshop is open to audiences of all genders and ages interested in exploring movement and visual expression, and to experience a journey of self-discovering the body and accepting yourself anew. No previous experience is required. Comfortable clothes that allow movement are recommended.

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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. 
Thanks for your support of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama over these last 14 years!

DONATE  

Make “The night that you stopped acting” happen!

Without your support: artists, family, friends, audience… we would not exist!

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THE EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL

presents
ANABELLA LENZU’S ‘NO MORE BEAUTIFUL DANCES’
January 21, 22, 23, 2020 @ 7:30pm
at The Brick
579 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11211
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)

Tickets: $20; $15 students/seniors

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1021399

“No more beautiful dances” wrestles with the ideas of exploration, introspection, and reframing of a woman after becoming a mother, and being an immigrant. Lenzu’s dance theater piece uses spoken word, drawings, and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today.

Choreographer/Dancer: Anabella Lenzu

 Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll

 Director: Daniel Pettrow

 Costumes: Jennifer Johanos

https://www.theexponentialfestival.org/no-more-beautiful-dances

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Charla/ Conferencia “La danza como proceso de vida” 

por la coreógrafa Anabella Lenzu 

  • Jueves 19 de Diciembre del 2019 a las 20hs.
  •  L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza  (Juan Molina 662, Bahía Blanca)
  • Entrada Libre y Gratuita. Cupos Limitados!

Visitando su ciudad natal, Anabella Lenzu presentara una charla/ conferencia en conmemoración del 25 Aniversario de L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, institución que ella fundara en 1994 y que su hermana Pamela Lenzu dirije desde 2000.

Anabella, hablará de la importancia de la Danza, la composición coreográfíca y la pedagogía. Y contará sus experiencias trabajando y enseñando en Sudamérica, en Europa, y en EEUU por casi 30 años!

La presentación incluirá lecturas de distintos pasajes de sus libros, acompañados por videos y proyecciones fotográficas.

Al finalizar dicho evento, habra preguntas y respuestas entre la audiencia y los artistas.

  • Para obtener más información y reservar su lugar.
  • Contacto de prensa: info@AnabellaLenzu.com
  • Visite: www.AnabellaLenzu.com

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L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza– 25 años de trayectoria

Directora Artistica: Pamela Lenzu

Desde el 15 de marzo de 1994, L´ATELIER abrió las puertas a la posibilidad de estudiar Danza seriamente y a conciencia.

Surgió de la necesidad de crear en Bahía Blanca, Argentina, un espacio donde se conjuguen la Danza y la creatividad, donde se enseñe a integrar la cabeza y el corazón.

Nuestro propósito 
Danzar artísticamente y enseñar la danza como una disciplina y expresión de Arte, apuntando al desarrollo perceptivo, físico, estético y creador de la persona.

Los estilos de danza que allí se enseñan: Danza Clásica, Flamenco, Modern Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Theater Dance, Stretching y Zumba.

L’ATELIER OFRECE:

• Cuerpo especializado de profesores.
• Organización de talleres coreográficos donde podes crear y mostrar tus propias producciones.
• Cursos y Seminarios para docentes y/o profesionales a realizarse en Bahía Blanca, Argentina, o en su cuidad.
• Preparación de alumnos para concursos, certamenes o exámenes de ingreso a escuelas de danza.
• Tecnicas actualizadas desde USA y Europa.
•  Asesoramiento coreográfico para grupos o compañías de Danza & Ballet.
• Organización de shows para eventos y espectaculos teatrales.

• Alquiler de salas de ensayo.

PARA MAYOR INFORMACIóN:

Juan Molina 662
(8000) Bahia Blanca
Pcia. Buenos Aires
Argentina

Tel: 4526687

E-mail: latelier_ccd@hotmail.com

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Nacida en Bahía Blanca, Argentina, Anabella Lenzu es bailarina, coreógrafa y maestra con 30 años de experiencia trabajando en Argentina, Chile, Italia & Estados Unidos. Es la directora artística de la compañía de Danza Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama establecida en la cuidad de NY desde 2006. Inspirada en su rica experiencia y formación Lenzu crea danzas que generan conciencia histórica y despiertan los sentidos hacia el valor de la condición humana. Sus obras han sido comisionadas y producidas por el mundo en Opera, Teatro y Televisión. En 1994 Lenzu fundó L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza en Bahía Blanca, Argentina y desde entonces mantiene una extensa e intensa actividad como coreógrafa y maestra de danza. Actualmente vive en Nueva York hace mas de 20 años y es Profesora en NYU (New York University), así como también en Peridance Capezio Center. Anabella es escritora y colaboradora para diversas revistas de Danza y Arte. En 2013 publicó su primer libro Revelando Movimiento y Emoción, plasmando asi su trayectoria artística. Dicho libro es bilingüe (Español/Inglés) y resalta la importancia de metodología de la enseñanza de la danza como disciplina de arte.

4) December 5th
Hola Amigos,
TWO chances to see a work-in-progress of my NEW SOLO “The night that you stopped acting/ La noche que dejaste de actuar”:

 

The night that you stopped acting/ La noche que dejaste de actuar, is a one-woman show which both questions and affirms the reality of being a creator, an artist, and a spectator. It’s a reexamination of five key pieces of my repertory as well as an investigation of 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?” These are the questions from which the show was born.
My work reflects my experience as a Latina/European artist living in New York and comes from a deep examination of my motivations as a woman, mother and immigrant.

Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu

Direction: Daniel Pettrow

Technology advisor: Todd Carroll

Dramaturgy: Naoko Maeshiba

 

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