BY TODD CARROLL
Naturally, because I’m a photographer, I compare creating the soundscape for Anabella Lenzu’s work to creating a background for a portrait. Think of any portrait in your favorite gallery, and it’s the person who stands out, as it should be. The background gives context, provides atmosphere and augments the feeling being transferred.
Everyone can immediately recall Mona Lisa’s smile, but for those who dig deeper, the background contains information that adds to the overall impression. My sound work on In Pursuit of Happiness is slightly less sophisticated than Da Vinci’s (hold for laugh), but does provide a kind of scenery and environment in which the viewers can immerse themselves and have a rich experience.
I started collaborating with Anabella in 2008, when I did the multimedia projections for the shows The Garden (2008), The Corral ( 2009) and The Grass is Always Greener… (2010), then again in 2013 when I created the soundscape for the show Pachamama: Mother World. Every project is different, of course, however In Pursuit presents new challenges The idea is to weave a lifetime of memories together using sound. Old pop songs, interviews, and field recordings all find their way into the soundtrack, linked together by love, fear and hope.
Todd Carroll, a professional photographer and educator with over 20 years experience, presently maintains a photo-studio in Brooklyn, New York, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his personally driven projects. He obtained a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography Degree from SVA in NYC in 2009 and currently teaches classes there. For more information or if you are interested in purchasing work, please contact: info@ToddCarrollPhotography.com or visit his website.
Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, New York based Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents :
In Pursuit of Happiness by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama
Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM at Argentinean Consulate (12 W 56th St, New York)
20 minute performance followed by Q&A and refreshments.
Limited seating (RSVP required) info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Friday, October 23 at 8pm, Saturday, October 24 at 8p & Sunday, October 25 at 8pm
at The Alchemical Theater Lab, NYC (104 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10011).
Limited seating. Tickets online https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/951784
Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll