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Anabella Lenzu
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Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 20 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. 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). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capazio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College. Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines.
photographer, dancer, performance artist, choreographer, director, writer, artist

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama

From the chaos of daily life, Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama distills the pure essence of real experience, real feelings and real people. DanceDrama is the magnifying glass that reveals and examines emotional histories.

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama is thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater company, breaking down the wall separating artist from audience. Based in New York, the mission of AL/DD is to establish and develop a cultural, educational and artistic exchange between the communities of the United States, Argentina & Italy. 

Lenzu crosses sociopolitical and cultural barriers, promoting dance and art education through teaching and performing. AL/DD explores themes of collective memory, individual identity, and social awareness by having dancers and audience fuse in a psychological and emotional experience. The repertory is an uncommon blend of modern dance, theater, ballet and ethnographic folk traditions. 

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, 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 in Baryshnikov Arts Center, Joyce Soho, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, DMAC 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/TheWorks Studio, NYU Casa Zerilli Marimo, Merce Cunningham Studio, New Dance Group Art Center, Roulette, University Settlement, Abrons Arts Center, Triskelion Arts Center, Jewish Community Center, HERE Arts Center y Charlotte Dance Festival/NC, among others.

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PROCESS // Movements Made Meaningful

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

While re-staging The Grass is Always Greener… during my fellowship at CAVE this year, I found myself fascinated again by use of quotidian gestures—the gestures that make up our daily lives and influence our interactions with the people around us.  Throughout The Grass… you will see gestures plucked from the ordinary events that help make life meaningful.  The dance is also filled with gestures that exist outside of particular events and have acquired meaningful…


PROCESS // Dance's Partner

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I believe that music acts as a partner to dance. In The Grass is Always Greener… one finds an overlapping of layers so that dance, music, and the poetry of the lyrics intertwine to create the multifaceted and profoundly human characters you see on stage.  However, even without understanding the lyrics the audience can still connect to the rhythm and melody of the music. The musical accompaniment for The Grass… helps to create the dynamic characters and vivid scenes that…


PROCESS // No Lights, No Music, No Stage

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

The Grass is Always Greener... is a vivid political piece dealing with immigration of past and present day. Throughout the full length show the audience is taken on a journey of interwoven tales through the eyes of immigrants coming to the US in search if freedom.  Through movement and text we catch a glimpse of the internal struggles they faced- the bitter sweet duality of saying farewell to the old world in hopes of something better across the ocean (or the border)-…

ESSAY // Am I going to get a job? - It’s highly unlikely.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Masters in Dance vs Professional Experience

By Anabella Lenzu

Titles are titles, papers are papers, but if you truly know your field, you know it.

It doesn’t matter what title you have.

Artists feel obligated to pay approximately $40,000 dollars to enroll in a master’s in dance degree program, because they need to find stability, a home, time to research,  and learn the tools to be…


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