NO MORE BEAUTIFUL DANCES

Anabella Lenzu

at The Brick

January 20-23 

*Split bill with CJ Holm

"No more beautiful dances” wrestles with the ideas of exploration, introspection, and reframing of a woman after becoming a mother, and being an immigrant. Lenzu’s dance theater piece uses spoken word, drawings, and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today.

Choreographer/Dancer: Anabella Lenzu

 

Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll

 

Director: Daniel Pettrow

 

Costumes: Jennifer Johanos

"No More Beautiful Dances," a dance/theater solo in which the spoken word, drawings, and video projections merge to offer a very personal view of femininity and what it means to be a woman today.  

 

In this interdisciplinary solo, Anabella's wrestles with issues of identity as experienced by a contemporary artist who is also a woman, mother, and immigrant.  "I had arrived at a moment where I am 44 years old," she states, "have two kids, notice my body aging, and reflecting on other changes psychologically and emotionally.  The work keeps me humble and honest about who I am and what I look like. I show the things most people want to hide as dancers. I show the body of a 42-year old woman. For me it's about embracing who I am at the moment." On another level, the artist feels that through dialogue with collaborators and mentors, her work starts out specific, but arrives at a universal message.

 

 The choreography is captured not only by the audience, but by two live-streaming cameras, one above and the other below the stage area, two laptops and two projectors.  Technology in this piece is a magnifying glass, showing something normally hidden from view. The cameras become a portal to another dimension for the audience and performer.

*Photo credit: Theo Cote

The Exponential Festival is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and producers Charles and Candace Wait.

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