A peek behind the curtain of Sangre & Arena… Julia Lindpaintner, Dancer and company member, shares some insights about the creative process.
May 14, 2012 by Anabella Lenzu
“What drew me to Anabella’s work was the depth of research and thought that she applied to every moment of her choreography; whether the shapes and patterns were simple or intricate, aesthetic or dramatic, no step was unplanned. As we started to work on Sangre & Arena, it was immediately clear this was no exception. At first we delved into the tales of Mithraism–the ancient Roman religion that describes the miracles performed by Mithras (google it!)–until we had excavated enough inspiration to construct our own ritual. Although the motto “emotion creates motion”certainly resonated with me before working with Anabella, I had never actually been part of a process that tested it at every turn. But that is precisely what Anabella relied on in generating the movement for the piece. Each story, feeling, or image became the motivation for a movement. We spent weeks with Mithras and his mythical compatriates: the lionheaded keeper of the keys, the sacrificial bull, the sun god, the cosmos. For me, the hardest part is allowing the work to take on its own meaning; the piece is not an homage to Mithras. Once the connections between narrative and movement had formed in my head during the creative process, I find it very hard to strip the choreography of specific meaning and perceive the movement as meaningful in its own right. Even though (or perhaps because) I have been with the piece from conception, I am continually surprised by the way it develops as Anabella carefully shapes the work. The piece, like the process, is intimate, and each player carries a great deal of responsibility, but with that responsibility comes great joy. Where else do you get to splash around with buckets of water, squelch handfuls paint through fingers, yell at the top of your lungs, cover yourself in paint, and give yourself license to be totally weird? Although preparing for the show sometimes feels like preparing for war (and even though I come out with the battle wounds to prove it), Anabella’s process has taught me so much about what it looks like to really CARE DEEPLY about what you present. She embodies what I hope to be true, namely, that art has the power to evoke emotions and thoughts that may otherwise remain unspoken and unexplored.”
Julia Lindpaintner was raised in Basel, Switzerland and earned a degree in History of Science and Dramatic Arts from Harvard University. While there, she danced through the Harvard Dance Program, performing works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Jeff Shade, Scott Rink, and Jaime Blanc, and others. Julia moved to New York City on an Artist Development Fellowship to expand her dance horizons and pursue a career in modern dance. She is currently performing with the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, Jessica Taylor’s DAMAGEDANCE, and Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama.