March 25, 2011 is the Centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, and galvanized a movement for social justice. In concert with organizations and individuals across the country, Anabella Lenzu was commissioned to take part in the commemorative events by presenting a modern interpretation of a traditional Italian mourning dance.
An ancient cultural artifact, Ritual Funeral Lamentation, performed by professional mourners throughout the ages, is a primal, dramatic representation of grief.
Anabella Lenzu will lead a group of 25 dancers to perform in the procession/parade.The choreography is a testimony to what happened in the fire, which deeply affected worker’s rights & the social foundations of community life.
“I use white handkerchiefs that reference traditional folk dance in Argentina, as well as the ‘Lamentatrice/Piangenti’ which were the women who were professional mourners for the dead in Southern Italy. Organizing layers of character driven drama and breaking apart quotidian social gestures. My movement vocabulary is a window through which I see under the make-up and below the mask of one’s public identity.”
Please join us for this highly emotional and deeply meaningful event!