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Anabella Lenzu
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: My Artist Statement By Anabella Lenzu Art is a political act. Dance is discipline and revolt. My body is my country. I react to my environment and use the body as a receptacle and messenger of the multiple realities that we are immersed in. My work reflects my experience as a Latina/European artist living in New York and comes from a deep examination of my motivations as a woman, mother, and immigrant. Performance is a conduit for examining cultural identity through form and content, as well as relationships between people and society. Sharing my point of view of life with others is my duty and my pleasure. I investigate the interior logic of performance and the role of a dancer in our culture today, redefining the parameters of dance and theater. My works live inside and outside of the theatrical traditions and venues. My art is about celebration and criticism of socio-political and cultural barriers. It is a ceremony of awareness. I explore rituals to document intimacy and organize layers of character driven drama, and break apart quotidian social gestures. I am creating a living vocabulary of meaningful movement that springs directly from emotions with visceral strength. By using movement, spoken word, sounds, music, photographs, video projections, masks and props as tools, I create a dialogue to provoke a cathartic experience in the audience. The principle that drives my work is that Motion creates Emotion, and Emotion creates Motion. I love to work and collaborate in an atmosphere of creativity, respect, responsibility, honesty, independence and freedom.

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Anabella Lenzu – Biography

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a Dancer, choreographer and teacher with 27 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. She acts as Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama.
Lenzu completed her classical ballet dance training at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her modern dance foundation can be traced back to her studies of the Humphrey/Limòn and Graham techniques, as well as the repertory of Anna Sokolow. She studied choreography at the Juilliard School, with Mary Anthony, Jim May, Ralph Lemon, Susan Rethorst and many others. Her studies also include Tango as well as the folkdances and traditional dances of Argentina, Spain and Italy.
Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy).

In 1994 Lenzu founded and directed L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, her own dance school in Argentina (directed by her sister Pamela since 2001). Since arriving in New York in 2005, Lenzu has conducted classes at Dance New Amsterdam, New Dance Group, Mark Morris Dance Center, Wooster Group Summer Institute, Wagner College, Lehman College & Sarah Lawrence College, while also giving lectures, master-classes and residencies at universities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Currently she teaches at Peridance Capezio Center and is Artist-in-Residence at NYU Gallatin.
Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in March 2013, entitled “Unveiling Motion and Emotion”. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Photography by Todd Carroll will document Lenzu’s vast range of experiences dancing, teaching, and choreographing.

Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, which had its premier New York season produced and presented by Dance New Amsterdam in October 2006. Since then, the company’s work has been seen at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, DUMBO Festival, Galapagos Art Space, WAXworks, Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS), Chashama, The Embassy of Argentina, COOL New York Festival, La Mama, Hatch Series/The Works Studio, NYU Casa Zerilli Marimo, Merce Cunningham Studio, New Dance Group Art Center, University Settlement, Abrons Arts Center, Jewish Community Center, HERE Arts Center, and Charlotte Dance Festival/NC, among others. 
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 dance, transcending socio-political and cultural boundaries. 


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