It is with deep appreciation that I write to you.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of teaching dance & the 5th anniversary of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, a landmark that warrants celebration and reflection.
My longtime dream – to form a company that would open up a dialogue on creativity, memory, and social awareness through a unique dance language – has become a reality. In the past five years AL/DD has given 160 performances at 60 venues. Bridging artistic disciplines, I have engaged with visual art and photography and collaborated with actors, musicians, and designers.
As I reflect on the rich creative experiences of the past five years in New York, I am filled with gratitude for the loyal support and generosity you have demonstrated over the course of the company’s history. You have afforded me the opportunity to explore emotional histories, transcending socio-political and cultural barriers; this creative exploration of life’s questions is a source of continual excitement and satisfaction in my life. Your contributions have fostered the development of AL/DD, allowed me to generate deeply felt artistic work, and made it possible to share my ideas with patrons, family, friends, dance critics and ever-growing audiences. As I look back on and celebrate the first five years, I am full anticipation for the company’s next phase, and I look forward to your continued support.
In the last 5 years Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama has…
- Received generous grants from the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund to support our creative efforts since 2006.
- Premiered 6 full length-shows in 5 years: Amen (2006), Ilusiones de Percantas (2007), The Garden (2008), Entroterra (2008), The Corral (2009), and The Grass is Always Greener… (2010-11).
- Held 160 performances at 60 venues, including Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York City Center, 92nd St. Y, DUMBO Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, and been produced by Dance New Amsterdam, chashama, and New Dance Group.
- Became an active member of key dance and arts organizations, such as the American Dance Guild, New York Live Arts (NYLA – formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).
- Participated in Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conferences (2010 & 2011).
- Taught over 4,300 classes and workshops.
- Faculty at Lehman College, Wagner College, Sarah Lawrence College, Randolph College.
- Lecturer at Sarah Lawrence College, Fordham University, New York University, Casa Zerilli Marimo.
- Guest Artist/Choreographer at The Wooster Group, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance Capezio Center, New York University, Here Arts Center, Anna Sokolow, New Dance Group, Taiwan Center, Above & Beyond Dance, Mare Nostrum Company, and others.
- Teacher of technique classes in Classical Ballet, Barre a Terre, Modern Dance and Tango at Dance New Amsterdam, Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance Center & New Dance Group.
- Produced 3 hugely successful Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival (2007, 2008, & 2009) with 20 artists showing dance, theater, music, and photography in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council.
- Produced 6 “Prelude to Dance” showcases (2006 & 2007), presenting the work of more than 15 emerging choreographers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- Choreographed for a work for the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, one of the largest industrial disasters in the history of New York City (March 2011).
- Organized & led Embrace Argentina, an intensive Tango travel experience to Argentina (2008).
- Organized an Annual Summer Intensive for the study of AL/DD technique and repertory.
- Arranged voice lessons for company members with the Wooster Group company member Daniel Pettrow.
- Led field trips to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum for dancers and supporters in preparation for the premiere of “The Grass is Always Greener…”
- Hosted 10 Milongas,tango nights for friends & students to have fun, mingle, and practice tango
- Instituted an internship program for AL/DD to assist with administrative work, development and promotion. In the last 5 years, 10 interns have worked for AL/DD.
In celebration of my 20th Anniversary as a dance educator, we are planning some special projects for the upcoming 2012 season, including…
- Printing “Unveiling Motion & Emotion,” a bilingual book of essays and memoirs by Anabella Lenzu with photos by Todd Carroll. A formal presentation and exhibition of photography by Todd Carroll will be held in early 2012.
- Participating in The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) 2012 Conference at Alvin Ailey, January 6-11.
- Holding 3rd Annual AL/DD Summer Intensive, June, 2012 at Peridance Capezio Center.
- Presenting a new full-length show called “Sangre y Arena” (Blood & Sand). This intimate interdisciplinary dance-theater piece will combine dance and visual art as the dancers take turns as action painters. As they move, the dancers will also paint the canvas that is the backdrop for the piece. The work takes inspiration from my Hispanic heritage as I call upon the traditional “corrida de toro” (bullfight); though often considered brutal, the ritual act of Tauromaquia (sacrifice of the bull) is about elegance, artistry, and existential order. As the dancers reenact the roles in this ancient human-animal combat, the tension between primitive nature and advanced society, and the place of heritage and tradition in a today’s multicultural society. “Sangre y Arena” will premiere in November 2012.
Creating and performing new choreographic works is both challenging and expensive, but we believe it is a worthy pursuit. Your steadfast support demonstrates your belief in the importance of creativity and art, and ensures Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama’s continued existence.
By giving to AL/DD, you are playing a substantial role in bringing our upcoming show “Sangre & Arena” to the stage and you are making art accessible to ever-expanding audiences.
Your funding has a direct role in promoting appreciation for the roles of dance, music, and the visual arts in advancing social change.
Striving to meet to the high standards we have set for ourselves, we have set a modest fundraising goal of $15,000. Please join us and share in the satisfaction of underwriting a meaningful creative endeavor. Your tax deductible contributions will go towards fees for artists and collaborators, rehearsal space, costumes, videos, marketing & publicity.
The future of our company lies with you:
$2,500 will cover rehearsal expenses for an entire show
$1,000 pays for a light designer for one show
$500 pays for full week of studio rental
$250 pays for performance fee for collaborator
$100 pays for costume for one dancer
$50 “Unveiling Motion & Emotion” printing & design cost for one book.
$20 pays for one hour of rehearsal
Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. ** If you are unable to contribute financially, we also appreciate donated goods, services and volunteers. All donors are acknowledged on our website and in our newsletters.
I look forward to celebrating 20 wonderful years of teaching with you!
Thank you again for your continued support.
You are a vital part of our future.
with our non-profit sponsor, THE FIELD – CLICK HERE
**Anabella Lenzu /DanceDrama is a Sponsored Artist with The Field, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions to The Field that are earmarked for Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 Sixth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053, http://www.thefield.org. A copy of The Field’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
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