DanceDrama got reviewed for “Amen” on April 25th at NYC10 Dance Performance Festival!
The second half of the showcase opened with the highly acclaimed Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presenting Amen. As the title implies and text explains, this duet explores themes of Catholicism and faith. Two women, one wearing what looks like an antiquated wedding dress and the other in a luminous and formal green dress, execute clean and classic lines and move with a disciplined precision. Throughout the work they use and move two chairs, allowing for highly dramatic and stationary gestural phrases. A second song changes the energy, both rhythmically and choreographically. Akin to a Spanish waltz, the performers are uplifted and more joyful in their movements. The clean and classic lines continue, however the performers move more freely as if they’ve caught the spirit. At the close of the work, the woman wearing the wedding dress comforts the other; and I’m left wondering if this is a mother-daughter relationship or simply two women of faith supporting each other through their respective spiritual journeys. Ultimately, however, I don’t need to know – I’m simply left with a contented and pleasant feeling.