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IN PURSUIT

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.

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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.

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Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, New York based Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents :

In Pursuit of Happiness  by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama

PREVIEW PERFORMANCE:

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

PUBLIC PREMIERE:

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

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Book Review

Unveiling Motion and Emotion, by Anabella Lenzu

At first glance, the reader might think Unveiling Motion and Emotion will be a typical autobiography, but instead author Anabella Lenzu’s twenty years of experience acts as a moving backdrop to her main purpose: the constant struggle “interspersed with bursts of development” in teaching dance and choreography.  Lovely images, expressive language, and a topsy-turvy layout divided into Spanish and English, carry us on a journey first to Argentina, then onward through three continents in search of the creative process.

Lenzu, now living in New York City and artistic director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, stresses the importance of lifetime knowledge – to study a foreign language, cultures, arts and science, pedagogy, holistic health, creative writing − all to become a more accomplished, benevolent artist. Dance to her encompasses more than the ego, and she urges us to share our gifts wherever the need is greatest.

Her choreography may engage props, elaborate costumes and masks; she may strip the stage bare or carry the movement into the street. Themes, both dramatic and light, may reflect folk tales and traditions, headlines, including the illegal immigrant’s struggle, or one’s seemingly mundane yet extraordinary life.

In one amusing antidote about portraying a cockroach (for another choreographer), everything about her was in reverse, even her head was her buttocks (What?! Read pp.38-39). As she performed before potential donors at a grand hotel, she observed food as it trickled down designer shoes and onto the floor. This peculiar dance revealed to her truly the life of an insect.

Lenzu discusses the hardest class she ever taught and praises her mentors, young and old. She agrees that improvisation is a good compositional element, but emphasizes the importance of repertory.

…poetically, she visualizes the dancer’s body as “the container of our soul.”

I highly recommend this book as a source within the dance curriculum.

From the desk of

Colleen Dean, MA

Editor, Dance Arts Now!

Virginia Representative, CREDO

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IN PURSUIT by DANIEL PETTROW

How do we fill the space of a loved one who is no longer there?

What is left behind?  

Is there residue of that person seeping into our lives?  

Or do they bubble up at unexpected moments like flashes in the dark?  

What does it mean to be a “ghost”?

These are the thoughts that dance in my head as Im working on the new creation IN PURSUIT by Anabella Lenzu.  

I began collaborating with Anabella on this new dance piece shortly after her father passed away.  The loss of her father was still fresh, raw, and jarring.  We didnt know where we were heading when we began rehearsals, but we had a starting point:  stories about her father and stories told by her father.  In early rehearsals I started each day by interviewing Anabella.  They were simple and direct questions about what her father was like (working at a printing press and coming home with his hands covered in black ink), what he was fascinated with in life (hypnotism and auras), and funny, quirky anecdotes (ways he would trick Anabella into taking medicine when she was a little girl).  

These interviews created source material that we began to work with.  Eventually we recorded them and played them in the room like a radio.  We wanted a detached or removed quality to these stories.  We wanted the quality of something that you only get a glimpse of every once in a while.  Something that can shut off at any moment.  

Visually for the piece Anabella collected images that focused on objects and locations that revealed dramatic change over time, deterioration, disappearance, and entropy.  These shattered collages were overlaid in the space with a projector to create a dynamic environment. The projections revealed the literal space we were working in while at the same time covering it with an image that dynamically changed how we felt in the space as viewers.  

One element that was discovered in rehearsals was the relationship between Anabella and the dancer, Lauren Ohmer.  Anabella would carry the projector and follow Lauren throughout the space.  As we rehearsed I thought it was fascinating to have Anabella in the space exposed like that.  Literally she was the choreographer observing her dancer close up.  The more we developed the piece, the more it gave the impression of a ghost following a body around a space.  It also created the feeling of someone trying to examine a foggy memory to gain clarity.

As we continue to rehearse it has become clear to me that this piece is about the impossible attempt to capture an essenceof a father who has passed away.  Even though the attempt is impossible, it is that struggle which becomes fascinating.  Anabellas struggle to conjure the image of her father and his dramatic influence on her life as a choreographer and person has become the drama.

What are we left with?  A ghost?  A haunting?  Or perhaps the residue of this journey seeps into the cracks of our fingers like ink, leaving a subtle imprint echoing what was there before.  Now it is gone, but somehow, beneath the skin, it is a part of us forever.  

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DANIEL PETTROW

Daniel Pettrow has been an associate actor with The Wooster Group since 2006.  He has performed in HAMLET, VIEUX CARRE, and WHO’S YOUR DADA?.  He is also an instructor at The Wooster Group’s “Summer Institute.”  Daniel is a frequent collaborator with Bluemouth inc, and has presented DANCE MARATHON at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Daniel works closely with French Director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in Jean Genet’s SPLENDID’S, Bernard Marie Koltes’ BLACK BATTLES WITH DOGS, ROBERTO ZUCCO, and Mark Antony in JULIUS CAESAR.  Daniel directed Marie Darrieussecq’s THE SEA MUSEUM for FIAF’S “Crossing the Line” festival.  The production took place in Brooklyn’s abandoned Atlantic Avenue Tunnel – the oldest subway tunnel in the world.  He directs sketch comedy group “Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting” at The P.I.T.  Film/TV includes:  “In Stereo”, “Red Band Society”, “Good Eats”, “The Cult of Sincerity”, “The Last Adam”, “FightF*ckPray”, “Psychopathia Sexualis”, “Kathy T”, “My Uncle Sidney.” Visit his website.

Pettrow has been collaborating with DanceDrama since 2010 as a director, voice and acting consultant/teacher.

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Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, New York based Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents :

In Pursuit of Happiness  by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama

PREVIEW PERFORMANCE:

Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM at Argentinean Consulate (12 W 56th St, New York)

20 minute performance followed by Q&A and refreshments.

PUBLIC PREMIERE:

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

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It’s so great to keep receiving responses and reactions for my book Unveiling Motion and Emotion!
 

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Without books I couldn’t have imagined my life now, in New York.
I never would have left my cocoon in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. I never would have spread my wings. I never would have given myself the chance.
That is why I write – to give others the courage to believe in themselves, the courage to grow.

Thanks to Dance Mogul for your support and for your interview!

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This past week I had the opportunity to sit down with dance teacher, choreographer, and author Anabella Lenzu to discuss the development of her second book, Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thoughts and Outward Expressions. Anabella has been teaching younger generations of dance artists for over 25 years, and as she develops her creative process for writing her new book, she is bringing new depth to educating dancers.

Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thoughts and Outward Expressions is a companion to Anabella’s first book, Unveiling Motion and Emotion. While Unveiling was about Anabella’s inspirations, her highs and lows, stories of dance adventures, teaching methology, and insights, Meaningful Gestures will serve as a more direct educational guide for dancers as they discover their artistic path.

Anabella’s creative process for developing material for Meaningful Gestures displays her deep-rooted passion for educating people about dance technique and craft. Anabella has been engaging in thoughtful conversation with her students, discussing specific aspects of dance technique. This process of discussion allows for inquiry from the students. The students ask questions, Anabella answers them and together they use critical thinking to develop strong ideas. This process has been fruitful for centuries (just take a look at the ancient Greek philosophers) and is a beautiful way to impart knowledge today. As Anabella gleans from these conversations, she is able to write articles about the topics from a more personal and profound standpoint.

Anabella has written 32 articles since she began her process in October of 2014 and continues to write a new one every week and a half or so. These articles, which will later be divided into chapters, cover a myriad of topics and will aid young artists in finding their voice artistically and aid them in accessing their unique physicality. Anabella is working on visual aspects of the book this summer and is looking for models with different physiques, ethnicities, and dance backgrounds. Her husband, Todd Carroll, is supporting this portion of Meaningful Gestures, by photographing the models as they display various forms of dance technique. It is important to have dancers of different body types to display effective alignment regardless of shape, size and weight. Therefore, dancers of all backgrounds can relate to the material in the book. Further supporting the photography, Anabella is in search of an illustrator who will draw vivid diagrams of the muscles and bones, to provide imagery that is helpful for dancers to understand the inner support they are receiving from their bodies.

As Anabella continues to teach multiple dance classes a week, raise and entertain her two young children, as well as prepare her dance company for a premier of a new work this fall, the projected completion of Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thoughts and Outward Expressions is but two years away.

As a dancer myself and after reading Unveiling Motion and Emotion, I am looking forward to the completion of Meaningful Gestures. It will serve as a beneficial guide and reference, a continual resource, to deepen and understand the dancing body.

Article by Caitlin Thurgood (AL/DD Marketing/ Development Intern)

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Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, New York based Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents three dance-theater performances from October 23-25, 2015 at The Alchemical Theater Lab in NYC.

In Pursuit of Happiness

by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama

PREVIEW PERFORMANCE:

Argentinean Consulate (12 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019)

Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM

Exclusive performance for invited guests and media professionals

20 minute performance followed by Q&A and refreshments

Limited seating (RSVP required) info@AnabellaLenzu.com

PUBLIC PREMIERE:

The Alchemical Theater Lab, NYC (104 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10011)

Friday, October 23 at 8pm

Saturday, October 24 at 8p

Sunday, October 25 at 8pm

General Admission: $20 / Tickets at the door

Limited seating. RSVP recommended: info@AnabellaLenzu.com

Choreography: Anabella Lenzu

Direction: Daniel Pettrow

Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu

Music Landscape: Todd Carroll

Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

What does it mean to disappear? In Pursuit is a dance-theater piece that explores the themes of death, memory, disappearance, and hope through a collage of juxtapositions.

“I want the happiness that comes from both remembering and from fighting against remembering. A happiness that includes the sadness, pain and injury of experience but also goes forward. Not memory that works like an anchor, but like a catapult. Not a memory that you just arrive at, but one that’s a launch pad.”

“There’s an American indigenous tradition found in the islands of the Pacific, in Canada and also places like Chiapas, in Mexico. It goes like this: when a master potter gives up his trade because his hands are no longer steady and his eyesight is failing, there’s a ceremony at which he presents his best pot, his masterpiece, to a young potter just starting out. The apprentice takes the flawless pot and smashes it into a thousand pieces on the ground. He then picks them up and mixes them into his own stock of clay. That’s the kind of memory I believe in.” Eduardo Galeano

In Pursuit of Happiness is an ongoing daily memory trip to remember and honor Mrs. Lenzu’s father, Antonio, who served as her guide and scaffolding. From a vibrating silence emerges unexpected meaning, so profoundly personal that is anonymous and universally accessible.

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