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Gracias Agustina Lluma & Balletin Dance en Argentina

por celebrar mi década de Danza en Nueva York y por su apoyo permanente!!!!

“Diez años en Nueva York, marcan un intenso período de mi vida (de mis 30 a 40 años). Me mudé a Nueva York hace 11 años, me convertí en mamá, profesora en diferentes universidades y cumplí mi sueño de crear una compañía de baile en Estados Unidos (la primera que dirigí fue L’Atelier Ballet Contemporaneo en Argentina (1994-2000) y la segunda en Roma (2002-2005)”, recordó. “Vivir en Nueva York es gratificante, difícil e inspirador. Trabajar con bailarines de todo el mundo y con un público tan internacional, es el fuego que purifica mis ideas coreográficas”, finalizó la argentina que asegura encontrarse “feliz y orgullosa”.

http://balletindance.com/2017/01/10/una-decada/

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Reconocimiento

Feliz y Agradecida por el reconocimiento de la ‪#LaNuevaProvincia‬, acerca de mi trabajo en #NuevaYork, celebrando el 10 Aniversario de mi compania de Danza‬! http://m.lanueva.com/aplausos-impresa/886008/anabella-lenzu–diez-anos-de-exitos-en-eeuu.html

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Being a guest Choreographer for the Mata Hari Opera Production in NY, 2017

Mata Hari (World Premiere)

January 5th-7th, and 11th-14th, at 7 PM and January 8th at 2 PM

at HERE Arts Center, New York City

part of Prototype Festival

Composer: Matt Marks
Librettist/Director: Paul Peers

It has been a journey of exploration and self-analysis being the guest choreographer for Mata Hari Opera production, sharing my creative process, inspiration, and artistic quest.

With the magic of giving shape to an idea, an emotion, or an opinion comes great responsibility. Sharing my work with others provides the ultimate fulfillment, allowing me to broaden my search and crystallize my views on whatever moves me deeply.

Like an artisan, with each choreographic section I refine and explore ideas through movement and examine how to communicate.

This is not the first time that I have choreographed an opera. Previously, I created dances for “Il Pagliacci” by the opera director Guy Ariel Kruh (Paris/France) in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. Later that same year I choreographed “Cavalleria Rusticana”  by Bahia Blanca Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Eugenia Gallego in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

I also choreographed the “Notre dame de Paris” musical in Sardegna, Italy in 2003, as well as being guest choreographer for many theater productions, TV programs, and dance companies in Argentina, Italy and USA.

In this article I would like to talk about the relationship between Dance and Music. As a choreographer and maker of metaphoric images and sensations, I understand the power of dance as a language.

How does one balance the meaning of the lyrics in the song when there is powerful movement and visual effects at the same time? Words are specific, movement is subjective.

As an audience member, there is a choice to make with your attention. Imagine someone massaging you when to are eating a piece of steak while smelling roses at the same time.

I remember my choreography teacher Mary Anthony talking about using music without lyrics, because words are your direct intellectual competitor.

What about when the lyrics are in a foreign language for that audience? Alternately, what is the effect if the lyrics and audience speak the same language?

Like husband and wife, music and dance share the same bed but are two different people choosing to live together.

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So how do I negotiate the lyrics and the music in an opera with the movements that Mata Hari evokes in me?

John Martin, in his book Modern Dance, offers some help in his thoughts about some of the relationships between music and dance.

  • Music interpretation: This is a contradictory formula, how can a dancer interpret Bach or Beethoven? The composer expresses himself sufficiently in musical form, not needing a dancing or gestural commentary. The dancer’s intention is to translate his own emotion, his own personal reaction to a determinate music. Another choice is interpreting the content of the music.
  • Transposition: visualize merely its form, translating sound patterns into movement patterns. The most tragic experience was Rite of Spring by Nijinsky, applying eurhythmics from Jacques Dalcroze.  Nijinsky divided the dancers in groups representing the different instruments of the orchestra and attributed a corresponding movement to each note.
  • Contrapuntal background:  placing movement patterns against music patterns. This is a compromise between interpretative and transposition. The music is the background and the movements are a visual counterpoint.
  • Music should merely mark the tempo and phrasing of what a choreographer wants to do using ready-made music or a specially make composition.
  • Mary Wigman, a German dancer, choreographer and notable as the pioneer of expressionist dance, proposed that the solution to this problem was that the music must be created at the same time as the dance, in a mutual collaboration between choreographer and composer.  To respect the specificity of dance, the music must be born from live movements like the dance.

For the Opera Mata Hari, music composed by Matt Marks and directed by Paul Peers, I decide to explore Contrapuntal background, as well as Music interpretation.

Transmitting my ideas as a guest choreographer working with a company for a short period of time is a delicate process. Precision, clarity of ideas, and effective synthesis help new dancers grasp my work and find the focus of their creative and interpretive search.

Working as a guest choreographer allows me to keep an open mind and heart because every company and group has its own particular architecture, ethos, and psychology. My job is to make the creative process accessible, exciting, and rewarding for both parties.

  • To Purchase tickets for Mata Hari  Opera Production CLICK HERE

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Immense Gratitude

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Dear Friend,

I’m writing to extend my immense gratitude for your support of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama over these last 10 years!

Today, we invite you to continue supporting us for 10 more years, helping to make outstanding performances and high caliber educational programs! 

You know that I don’t do anything half-way – so it shouldn’t surprise you that Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD) is going to explode onto the New York dance scene in the next couple years! In the last 10 years, ALDD presented 300 Performances, 12 Choreographic works in 80 venues in USA and Argentina and taught in more than 40 institutions, colleges, universities, professional dance schools and festivals. 

Since 2010, ALDD offered 22 DanceDrama workshops in New York. DanceDrama Labs Workshop Series are an exclusive, personalized, tailored program for future dancers, choreographers and teachers of all dance disciplines and techniques,  that want to develop their potential with an emphasis on both dance and theater performance skills. Sustain and support dancers in the delicate task of cultivating their awareness of themselves as individual artists. Our focus for this series of workshops: Technique and Repertory, Choreography and Improvisation, Voice, Acting and Methodology of Teaching Dance. Teachers:  Anabella Lenzu, Daniel Pettrow, Anna Hayman and Lauren Ohmer.

  What Happened in 2016? 

  • ALDD did an amazing Argentinean tour presenting Unveiling Motion and Emotion and premiering In Pursuit of Happiness with Lauren Ohmer in Buenos Aires and Bahia Blanca. Hosted the 6 DanceDrama Laboratory Workshop Series; Re-staged the full-length show Pachamama: Mother World with a new cast of 5 beautiful dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Sydney Ruf-Wong, Graham Cole, Hope Parker and Dina Denis.

 My personal achievements this year:

  •  Stated my MFA in Choreography and Visual Arts at Wilson College (PA), I was artist in residency at DUO Multicultural Art Center (DMAC).
  • I present my book “ Unveiling “ at Figment Festival in Governsnor Island and wrote articles and reviews for  Attitude: The Dancers Magazine.
  • I acted as Speaker at  the Panel “Teaching: Options and Choices” at the NYU Tisch MFA Dance Incubator (NY) and was a guest Teacher for Gallating (NYU).
  •   I was part of Selection Panel for Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Art Center (NY), guest judge for xyz nyc at The Tank and and Advisory Board Member of IDACO 2016 (Italian Dance Connections Festival-NY).

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The mission of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama is to introduce people to dance theater and develop a cultural, educational and artistic exchange between New York and communities in Argentina, Chile, and Italy. Teaching and performing worldwide emboldens, promotes and enriches people, communities and

As an independent choreographer with a dynamic company, it is a challenging and expensive venture to create work and perform in New York City, and even more difficult to do so abroad, with travel expenses.

In order to pursue a high quality experience for artists and audience alike, we have set a modest fundraising goal of $15,000. We invite you to participate in this goal and to share in the satisfaction of realizing a significant and meaningful process of exploration and discovery. Your tax deductible contributions will help cover the cost of artist and collaborator fees, rehearsals space, costumes, videos, marketing & publicity. 

If your company has a Matching Gift program, your donation can go twice as far! 

Thank you for your support. You are a vital part of our future. Without your support: artists, family, friends, audience… we would not exist. Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama is made possible ONLY with your help!

All donors will be acknowledged on our website and in our newsletters. 

Please make checks payable to The Field.In the Memo line, write Anabella Lenzu.Please mail all checks toAnabella Lenzu /DanceDrama, 233 Devoe St, 1B, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Field is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions to artists through The Field are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, New York, NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053, e-mail info@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.

I hope you take a moment to review our 10th Anniversary Timeline! 

 

 

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DanceDrama Labs Workshop Series Presents:

Deepening Your Performance:

A Workshop for Actors, Dancers, Singers and Performers

December 9-11, 2016

(Fri from 6:30-9:30pm and Sat and Sun from 1-4pm)

at Culture Hub (47 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012)

FACULTY:  ANABELLA LENZU  and ANNA HAYMAN.

Class size is  limited to 12 students  for the workshop.

“Deepening Your Performance” is dedicated to using the connection between the body, voice, and self to deepen performance practice. It is open to actors who desire to explore movement and physicality; dancers who want to investigate voice, text, and movement; and performers of all backgrounds who want to deepen their performance practice. 

Participants will experience and study Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama repertory. This workshop explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation and body coordination and control. The emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures.
The workshop will incorporate vocal production to understand how the voice and body are integrated into a healthy, expressive whole. Exercises in text, partnering, and theatre games will free uninhibited theatrical expression. Whether a seasoned or early-career performer, this workshop will leave actors and dancers with new confidence and inspiration in their performance practice. The cost of the workshop is $150 per person.

TO APPLY: Send resume to  info@AnabellaLenzu.com
WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE SAID:
“I got so much inspiration from this DanceDrama Lab workshop… it gave me a great chance to think about how movement and voice are so connected with the body resonator. I will keep going with this!!! “- Haruka Hirasawa, Dancer
“Huge thank you Anabella Lenzu and Anna Hayman for such an enlightening, empowering and full-of-new-discoveries weekend in the DanceDrama Lab! All your teachings opened new worlds of how our voices, movement and emotions are deeply connected and are needed to become/be wholesome artists. You are incredibly powerful artists and it was an honor to learn from you!” Melissa Escano, Dancer
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Hi Friends and Supporters,
Thanks for celebrating this 10th Anniversary year of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama and for being by my side!
Humble, Happy and over the moon to receive these amazing reviews of my work/performance last week at the Argentinean Consulate in NYC. Enjoy them!
1) Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine . Article by Madeleine L. Dale
“Anabella Lenzu presented excerpts from her work of the ten years of her New York-based company, there was a love-fest among critics. We couldn’t help ourselves. We burst with the joy of having seen and experienced stirring, intelligent artistry. “
“..Her choreography’s dynamism is fueled by a revolving door of intensity, self-awareness, melodrama, and/or ritual. This holds true whether the movement is more theatric-based, modern, folk-inspired, or a fusion of many forms.”
“Lenzu has been described as an “Argentine firecracker” which nicely sums up her large, passionate nature as well as her intense commitment to the creative process. She has developed a beautifully integrated approach to dance and theater which will continue to serve her and her fine company going forward.”
SAVE THE DATE: 
Sunday, Nov 13 from 3-5pm, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Come and support us!
Stepping Out,  Photographic Exhibition by Todd Carroll.
A new collection of photographs made while wandering about, seeking out quiet, when light trickles down, over and around leaves and trees, restlessly looking for still images.
During the opening there will be photographs for sale to benefit AnabellaLenzu/DanceDrama
FREE. Limited Admission.
RSVP required: info@anabellaLenzu.com

ALDD 10th Anniversary Timeline

10 Years, 300 Performances, 12 Choreographic works in 80 Venues.

Inline image 22016 DanceDrama 10th anniversary! Argentinean tour presenting Unveiling Motion and Emotion and premiering In Pursuit of Happiness with Lauren Ohmer in Buenos Aires and Bahia Blanca. Hosted the 3rd Annual DanceDrama Laboratory Workshop Series; Re-staging the full-length show Pachamama: Mother World; artist in residency at DUO Multicultural Art Center (DMAC); Anabella guest judges for xyz nyc at The Tank; book presentation at Figment Festival.

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2015: Premiered In Pursuit of Happiness, performed by Lauren Ohmer and Anabella Lenzu, directed by Daniel Pettrow and music design by Todd Carroll; residency at DUO Multicultural Art Center (DMAC); Unveiling Motion and Emotion was awarded Honorable Mention Best Art Book/ Spanish or Bilingual from the International Latino Book Awards in San Francisco from the American Library Association Conference; book readings at Bernie Wohl Center and Cornelia Street Caffe;International Artist Seminar at Peridance in NYC; Unveiling Motion and Emotion sold 90+ copies, Anabella was a faculty member at Wagner College and Peridance Center and taught 350+ classes. AL/DD hosted the 2nd Year of DanceDrama Lab Workshop Series.
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2014: Re-staged the full-length show The Grass is Always Greener; Residency at the Cave. Four book presentations at Casita Maria, City Reliquary Museum, Nuyorican Poet Cafe and Bronx Museum. 5th Annual AL/DD Summer Intensive Workshop; 1st DanceDrama Laboratory Workshop Series, a year long Dance Theater Laboratory: focusing in Technique & Repertory, Choreography/Composition and Methodology of Teaching Dance. 20th Anniversary of L’ATELIER Centro Creativo de Danza (dance school Anabella founded in 1994 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina); Fellowship at The Cave

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2013: premiered Pachamama: Mother World as an artist in residency at DUO Multicultural Art Center (DMAC) and Envoy Enterprises: first collaboration with Jennifer Johanos as costume designer and Todd Carroll as a music landscape designer. Anabella published her first book Unveiling Motion and Emotion and offered 8 book presentations in Universities, Museums, Bookstores …even in the Argentinean Consulate; Photographic exhibition Unveiling Motion and Emotion by Todd Carroll at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam);Unveiling Motion and Emotion for sale on Amazon! 20 Shows in 15 Venues; 200 Books sold, Interviews in TV and magazines, including NBC, Telemundo, Dance Information, Dance Magazine among others; Active member of The Dance Critics Association; 4th Annual AL/DD Summer Intensive for the study of technique and repertory.
My daughter Fiamma Lenzu-Carroll was born!
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2012: premiered Sangre and Arena with dancers Lauren Ohmer and Julia Lindpaintner, artist in residency at DUO Multicultural Art Center (DMAC) second collaboration with composer Geoff Gersh & second collaboration with Daniel Pettrow; Participating in The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP); 3rd Annual AL/DD Summer Intensive at Peridance Center.
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2011: Re-staging of The Grass is always Greener… at Baryshnikov Arts Center in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of ALDD. Anabella celebrates 20 years of teaching dance! 2nd AnabellaLenzu/DanceDrama Summer Intensive Workshop at Peridance;  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; 5th Annual Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival; Anabella creates a YouTube channel with excerpts and examples of dance from pre-history to contemporary dance.
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2010: premiered, The Grass is Always Greener… and first collaboration with actor and director Daniel Pettrow; Anabella’s Blog opens; 1st AnabellaLenzu/DanceDramaSummer Intensive Workshop at CRS Education/Outreach: Extensive teaching workshops in New York, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina: building from my relationships with schools, festivals, and communities. Participated in Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conferences. Organized and produced 4th Annual Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival.
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2009: Premiere of The Corral at Merce Cunningham Studios; 3rd Annual Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: conceived as a bridge between the historic Italian community in Williamsburg and the more recent community
of artists who are living and/or working in the neighborhood. We present traditional and Italian-inspired work by contemporary performers and scholars.
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2008: Artist in residency at Dance New Group. Premiere of The Garden: first collaboration with composer Geoff Gersh & second collaboration with photographer Todd Carroll; Brooklyn Arts Council Grants to produce 2nd annual Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival; first annual Embrace Argentina, an intensive Tango travel experience to Argentina for students and professional dancers; Became an official member of the International Dance Council (CID) through Unesco: Selected as a finalist in the New York Urban Artist Initiative; 25 performances, in 8 venues.
My son Lucio Lenzu-Carroll was born!
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2007: Artist in residency at Chashama; NYC premiere of Ilusiones de Percantas ( Women’s Dreams); Independent Community Foundation produces inaugural “Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival” ; Guest choreographer for Anna Sokolow DanceTheater Company and New Dance Group Company. Produced three “Prelude to Dance” showcases presenting the work of more than 10 emerging choreographers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 50 performances in NY, VA, NC & GA!
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2006: Inception of the company, artist in residence at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam).  First evening-length work: Amen; First collaboration with photographer Todd Carroll. Produced three “Prelude to Dance” showcases presenting the work of more than 10 emerging choreographers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 25 performances in 10 venues.

To all the supporters, family and friends for supporting us economically and emotionally. You make this company possible.

Thanks for trusting and for being my partner! Anabella