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Article by Courtney Kenyon  (AL/DD Marketing Assistant)

Happy New Year!

As some of you may know, Anabella Lenzu/Dance Drama recently embarked on their Argentinian Tour! This tour took quite a bit of planning, especially since we were working internationally, but in the end this tour was not only rewarding artistically, but also personally for Anabella.

For starters, prior to this tour, Anabella had not been able to showcase her work in Argentina since 2005. To be able to share her work not only with friends and family, but also colleagues was extremely special. Many of Anabella’s past students and even their parents came to support AL/DD, and brought photos and shared fond memories of their days in the studio. As we spoke, Anabella told me that these encounters were some of Anabella’s favorite moments of the tour because they helped to remind her of who she was, and who she is. Living in New York, with everything going on, sometimes you forget the little things, and forget some special memories, but this tour helped all of Anabella’s worlds connect.  

The tour started in Buenos Aires, which was the more ‘professional’ leg of the tour. Anabella had dancers, directors, press and more attending her presentation of In Pursuit of Happiness and her book  Unveiling Motion and Emotion presentations at Centro Cultural Borges. Many dancers and directors mentioned that they were surprised to see something so avant garde as it is so different from usual Argentinian and European choreography. Anabella’s production is a melting pot, including media, dance and music, and Anabella even joins the piece at certain times. It is very evident that Anabella is inspired by many things and all her different surroundings whether it be in New York, Argentina, or Italy. Anabella’s work breaks boundaries all while having a strong message and keeping the language intact. 

Bahia Blanca was a much more family oriented experience. Most of Anabella’s relatives have never seen her perform before, so it was wonderful to have them experience and understand her life. Anabella held her book presentation at Centro Historico y Cultural UNS, at Universidad del Sur. It was a very different experience to share her repertory while presenting because so much of her work has to do with Argentinian culture, and politics. Many locals and guests were surprised dancer Lauren Ohmer was able to understand the Argentine culture through dance and movement. The simple response; dance is a universal language. The book presentation as a whole ‘felt more like an inside joke’ Anabella said, because she knew everyone in the room, she was able to talk with the audience instead of reading her prompts because she was discussing something both she and the audience shared, which was a very gratifying experience. In Pursuit of Happiness was performed at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Museos de Arte: MBA-MAC right in her hometown. Anabella is very open and was able to share a part of herself with many people she knew well, including some teachers from high school. Death is felt the same way universally, therefore the piece, in honor of her recently passed father was well received and appreciated by all.

Overall the tour was a great success. AL/DD received some wonderful coverage by local newspapers both in Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires, and the trip exceeded many Anabella’s expectations. It was so wonderful to have her whole family, and resident dancer Lauren and her husband together in Anabella’s own hometown. Anabella has always felt as though she lived in three different worlds between Argentina, the U.S, and Italy,  but having Lauren and husband Eric with her finally linked all her worlds into one, and for that, she is highly grateful.

CLICK this LINK to see photos from the Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama Argentinean Tour 2015! 

What the critics have said: 

Thanks for being by our side all these years!

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Feliz y Agradecida por tan hermosa entrevista por María Inés Di Cicco para ‪#‎LaNuevaProvincia‬, acerca de mi libro mi libro y mi nuevo espectáculo en ‪#‎BahiaBlanca‬!

http://www.lanueva.com/aplausos-impresa/845157/anabella-lenzu–con-el-empuje-de-una-inmigrante.html

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Article by Courtney Kenyon  (AL/DD Marketing/ Development Intern)

Anabella Lenzu’s grandfather decided to move to Argentina after World War II. He packed up and became a construction worker. His son, Ms. Lenzu’s father, knew construction wasn’t the life he wanted, so at age 18 he developed his own printing shop. This kind of hard work is what Anabella has used as inspiration for her newest piece. Her father and her Grandfather knew hard work, just like dance is hard work.  Anabella grew up around construction sites and her father’s print shop. She learned how to lay brick, build walls, and how to work with the printing press from watching her father and grandfather, all while dancing since the age of four. Young Anabella lived in a world of texture.

At the start of their process, Anabella and her dancer, Lauren Ohmer, began to research how to build a wall, how to lay bricks and how to mix cement. As they explored, the choreography became instructional, like the videos. As Lauren is very precise and technical with her movements, she was able to improvise like ink flowing through a printing machine. Lauren was able to become the ink, or become the texture of the sand and lime.

While improvising in the studio, between March of 2014 and March of 2015, Anabella and Lauren began to create phrases, and experiment with changing directions and trying movements backwards or upside down. This is not a piece full of miming, but it’s about the abstraction about this idea and the feeling of building a wall and the feeling of printing with real ink. This is not a piece where you will see Lauren acting out the process of any of these jobs.

Anabella tells me she “never worked this instructionally in [her] life”, however, she realized how parallel this style of choreography is to her teaching job. “Building choreography and building technical dancers is like building a wall” with all its layers. It is all a metaphor. Through this process Anabella discovered she is a very technical choreographer. She worked with every angle of this piece and would improvise different feelings and emotions for hours with Lauren, and only a minute of this work would make it to the final product. Movement is the center of this piece. When all the layers come together and everything is changing around Lauren while she’s dancing, the movement stays intact.

During their many months at Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC), Lauren and Anabella had been experimenting with paper and masks but it simply wasn’t working. Once Daniel Pettrow, the director, stepped in, he had Lauren kick and rip and tear the papers to shreds to the music, and Anabella found her inspiration. She broke into tears as Daniel was able to put into movement, what she wasn’t brave enough to feel herself. Anabella is never one to get angry, so this raw emotion was quite new to her, but helped her to shape her entire piece. The next day after one hour of work she was able to set the entire piece with Lauren. Those four minutes with Daniel’s guidance sparked something in her that was exactly what she needed.

This piece is not about imitation or how Ms. Lenzu felt when she lost her father, though she can remember his movements quite clearly. This is a piece filled with personal secrets, feelings and movements that can be understood universally.

Make sure you come see In Pursuit of Happiness Friday October 23-Sunday October 25 (8pm shows) at the Alchemical Theater in NYC. 

Limited seating! You can purchase your 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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Happy Summer Amigos!

Unveiling Motion and Emotion gets another Amazing review at The Life and Lies blog: http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2015/06/unveiling-motion-and-emotion.html

As the review says: “I adore this book and will continue to read it for inspiration and encouragement!”

Consider giving the book as a present! Share it with friends! To purchase click HERE

A big hug, Anabella

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Over 50 percent of New York City’s immigrants are women.

Despite the vulnerabilities and barriers they face, young women immigrants are making important contributions to New York City’s society and economy every day.

Thanks so much New Women New Yorkers – NWNY​, Arielle Kandel​ and Jahaida Hernandez Jesurum for the interview on your blog! An amazing Organization that we need to support!

http://www.nywomenimmigrants.org/meet-anabella-lenzu-dancer-teacher-writer-mother-immigrant/

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Dear Friends,

As 2014 comes to a close I am reaching out to you for your help in producing a new show and writing a second book. For over 24 years, I have been teaching around the world. I deeply appreciate the support you have shown me over the past 8 years of my artistic development in New York City. 2014 has proven to be another remarkable year, and 2015 looks to be even more exciting with your continued support. I can’t wait to share it with you!

In 2013, I published my first book with your continued support. After the success of my first book Unveiling Motion and Emotion, I am looking forward to creating another resource for the dance community. Unveiling has already gathered a strong following

“It is a book that I will return to again and again for inspiration about dance, art, and for general guidance about how to create a genuine, fulfilled, and fully realized life.” Veronica Hackethal

“Anabella Lenzu is a life changing teacher– now we know why” DanceReader

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It is imperative that I build quickly on my success and deliver this resource to my readers. Universities such as RAD (School of The Royal Ballet in London), K-State University, Syracuse University, and others have already picked up this resource for their school libraries and it continues to fill a niche for bilingual artists. I self published Unveiling with your support and distributed it through Amazon. I am already in conversation with a number of publishing companies as I move forward with my second book, Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thought and Outward Expression, but this process is expensive and time consuming. While my team is hard at work, I turn again to you, my invaluable friends and supporters, to help us bring our dream to fruition.

 I am writing Meaningful Gestures as a companion to my first book, Unveiling Motion and Emotion. My first book was a memoir that shared my experiences as a dance artist; Meaningful Gestures will be a deeper exploration of training, and artistic realization. My philosophy is that the journey is the destination – one must bring as much focus and energy to training as to performing. My second book explores:

Basic exercises, visualization exercises, active imagination and artistic application, technique as a philosophy and technique as a theory, body as an instrument: alignment isolations, gravity, verticality

Teaching in three languages has had a profound effect; I have found clear explanations, metaphors, and stories that communicate my approach to training.  This text will be accompanied by Todd Carroll’s photographs and drawings to illustrate the excises.  I look forward to your continued support as I move forward in this process and to sharing this resource with you in the new-year.

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I am also continuing to work on my newest piece In Pursuit of Happiness… which will be premiering in 2015 at DUO Multicultural Arts Center. I look forward to seeing you there! This show is an ongoing daily memory trip to remember and honor my dad Antonio. He was my guide, my scaffolding and a lot of fun. I miss him terribly!

“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. Memory works not like an anchor, but like a catapult. Not a memory that you just arrive at, but one that’s a launch pad.” – E. Galeano

 I have been hard at work in the studio with my dancer, Lauren Ohmer, acting and voice coach, Daniel Pettrow, and music landscape designer, Todd Carroll. While we are already deep in our process, we need your continued support to see this work fully realized.

As you know, producing a new show and creating a new book comes along with many costs; I’ve listed below how your donation will directly help us with these projects.

AnabellaLenzu_ToddCarroll_2014-1 Practice makes Perfect I:

$2,500 will cover rehearsal expenses for an entire show

Be our Graphic Designer:

$1,000 pays for the graphic designer for a book

Be our Photography Assistant:

$500 covers photography costs for the new book

Shipping out:

$250 covers shipping, postcards, and postage costs

Be our Wardrobe Assistant:

$100 pays for the fabric of one Costume

Be our Publishing Assistant:

$50 “Unveiling Motion & Emotion” printing & design cost for one book.

Practice makes Perfect II:

$20 pays for one hour of rehearsal

Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. ** If you are unable to contribute financially, we also appreciate donated goods, services and volunteers. All donors are acknowledged on our website and in our newsletters.

Please help us as we move forward with our plans for 2015!

Any donation helps us reach our goals. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our upcoming events.

 As a choreographer, I celebrate, meditate, respond, protest, scream, cry, and laugh about life through dance. When I write, I have a civil, moral responsibility. I need to express ideas clearly and transparently, whereas when I choreograph, I can go into my darkest corners to explore why I dance. Putting these words on paper forces me to be honest with myself.

A Hug, Anabella

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What the critics have said about Unveiling Motion and Emotion

  • ” Lenzu has chosen—or been chosen by—dance as her investigative framework because, as her opening essay is titled, “dance underlies all that I am.” This boldly provocative collection of writing should be in every dancer’s personal library.” – 4Dancers.org, USA
  • “Most inspiring is a list of lessons she’s learned from Dance (“To witness small miracles,” To embrace change,” “To celebrate life”) – Dance Magazine, USA
  • “Her writing is visceral and filled with insights that distill from deep intense reflection and research housed in her ‘thinking body'” – Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine, USA
  • “All in all, Anabella Lenzu’s “Unveiling Motion and Emotion” is a refreshingly vulnerable literary statement, and a great addition to your summer dance reading list.” – Heather Desaulniers, USA
  • “Whether writing, leading a class or staging new choreography, Lenzu’s mission remains the same: to foster a more mindful, more kinetic, more connected dance community — and to keep moving with meaning for years to come.” – Dance Informa, USA/Australia
  • “Ms. Lenzu has a deep and broad background in dance, and a joy in a life of dance, that comes across clearly. ” Exploredance
  • La Nueva Provincia -in Spanish (Argentina)

Televised Interviews:  

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El Teatro Municipal de Bahía Blanca, es el lugar donde aprendí a ser profesional. La primera vez que pise sus tablas, fue los 5 años y cada vez que vuelvo a mi querida cuidad muestro mis trabajos coreográficos en su sala. (Ya hace 15 años que deje mi terruño y eche raíces en Nueva York). 

En 1994 funde L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, crecí y me forme allí. Estoy muy orgullosa que mi hermana Pamela asumió la dirección de dicha institución, cuando emigre a los Estados Unidos en 1999.

L’Atelier  cumple 20 años de trabajo ininterrumpido enriqueciendo el nivel artístico y cultural de Bahía Blanca.

20 años incuestionables de esfuerzo, seriedad, conciencia y alto nivel educativo. Nunca pedimos apoyo económico a la Secretaria de Cultura de Bahía Blanca. Nuestra labor es ofrecer un espacio, para que tanto niños como adultos, puedan danzar artísticamente y aprender esta disciplina y expresión de Arte, apuntando al desarrollo perceptivo, físico, estético y creador de la persona.

Con motivo de celebrar nuestro vigésimo aniversario solicitamos el Teatro Municipal, para ofrecer un recorriendo coreográfico de nuestra historia y mostrar nuestro repertorio para las futuras generaciones. También invitamos artistas bahienses que enriquecieron nuestra trayectoria para que participarán del mismo.

Este año, por primera vez, se impuso un concurso/selección de proyectos para obtener una fecha en el Teatro Municipal. Accedimos y aplicamos con nuestro proyecto 7.300 días de Danza NO fuimos seleccionados.

Dicho proceso fue discriminatorio, ya que solamente aplicaron algunas escuelas de danza privadas, (no todas las manifestaciones artísticas deben aplicar, por ejemplo los grupos de teatro, circo y música, así como también otros grupos y escuelas de danza no tienen que aplicar!) Como es esto? La ley no es pareja para todos. Hay acomodos y amiguísimos.

El jurado fue integrado por el director del Ballet del Sur Ricardo Alfonso, un técnico del teatro José Luis Gady, y 4 personas más de la ciudad de Buenos Aires: Carlos Fos, Lorena Di Prinzio, Natalia Barrios y Gastón Avedaño. La mayoría de los jurados era de Buenos Aires, porque? Acaso no tenemos gente calificada en Bahía Blanca que conoce nuestro pequeño ambiente artístico? Porque se gasta dinero convocando a artistas que no conocen lo que sucede en Bahía?

Nosotros pagamos nuestros impuestos para que Bahía Blanca florezca, y porqué no tenemos acceso a un edificio público como el teatro? Si el Teatro Municipal no es accesible, no hay otro espacio adecuado y con las condiciones técnicas necesarias para realizar un festejo de tal envergadura, (aproximadamente 100 personas en el escenario, bailarinas en tutu y con zapatillas de punta y / o bailarinas de flamenco con zapatos). Para la danza, se necesita un piso adecuado y para la parte técnica del diseño de luces y proyecciones fotográficas  y/ o de video, se necesitan las instalaciones adecuadas.

En una reunión en la Secretaria de Cultura este mes, se sugirió a mi hermana Pamela presentar nuestro espectáculo en el coloso de Villa Mitre!!!! La danza pertenece al teatro, no a un salón de deportes!

Si nos niegan el Teatro Municipal donde nos presentarnos? Cabe aclarar que cuando nuestro querido Manu Ginobili vino a visitarnos a la cuidad, a él, sî le ofrecieron el teatro por 2 días para dar una conferencia. Porque no le ofrecen el Centro Cultural Villa Mitre? Ginobili es un deportista.

Mi Bahía Blanca, porque no nos apoyan como embajadores de tu cultura? Acaso L’Atelier como institución no cuenta? En estos 20 años, nunca el municipio nos apoyo económicamente. No solicitamos eso, queremos un espacio adecuado y honorable para presentar nuestra danza. Creo que me lo merezco como embajadora de la danza bahiense en Nueva York. Solo pido un lugar.

Esto me hace pensar que hay dos clases de arte, el oficial y el otro. Porqué los directivos del Teatro Municipal elijen a dedo? Basta de amiguísimos. Son empleados públicos y DEBEN rendir cuenta de su proceder.

Soy educadora, artista, critica de danza y profesora en universidades en Nueva York. Soy bahiense y por ello, es mi obligación dar a saber a la comunidad de los manejos injustos y de la mala administración de NUESTRO teatro.

Los alumnos de L’Atelier, como residentes de Bahía Blanca, tienen derecho como lo hice yo, de aprender a ser profesionales de la danza. Tienen derecho a crecer como bailarines y artistas en el primer coliseo.

La ley es para todos y para todas, no queremos un arte elitista y excluyente. Queremos que la familia participe, aprenda y experimente el arte de la danza en el Teatro Municipal.

El arte necesita más público y un público que valore la importancia del arte y de la cultura. Este proceder contradice la misión del Teatro Municipal.

Convoco a Ud. a exigir UN TEATRO PARA TODOS.

Como digo en mi libro Revelando Movimiento y Emoción, publicado en Nueva York en Marzo del 2013: “La enseñanza es consciente. La educación no es un “qué me importa”.

“El arte es, o debería ser para mejorar la condición humana.”

Yo crecí en el teatro y por eso voy al teatro. Amo al teatro y a la danza.

Mi responsabilidad civil, es ayudar al crecimiento educativo y cultural de Bahía Blanca.

Hechos:

– Nos negaron el Teatro Municipal para celebrar nuestro 20 aniversario.

-Nos tratan como ignorantes.

-Discriminan a las escuelas de danza privadas.

-No ofrecen soluciones.

– Los puestos políticos van y vienen, los artistas quedan.

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Acerca de Anabella Lenzu: http://www.AnabellaLenzu.com

Acerca L’Atelier: http://www.anabellalenzu.com/latelier-espanol/

Para seguir el Blog de Pamela Lenzu y L’ Atelier: http://pamelalenzu.wordpress.com

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