Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival
“THE GARDEN “ & “ENTROTERRA”
by ANABELLA LENZU/DANCEDRAMA
@ 2nd Annual Ciao Italy
Performing Arts Festival
September 20th & 21st 2008
(Saturday & Sunday)
@ Associazione San Cono
233 Ainslie Street, 2nd Floor
Saturday, September 20th at 8pm:
The Garden – dance performance by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama a visceral multi-media collaboration inspired by The Palazzo Real in Caserta, Italy. A series of interrelated solos, duets, and ensemble pieces, The Garden features original music by Geoff Gersh and photography by Todd Carroll. Lenzu’s movement vocabulary originates from folk traditions using rustic primal gestures with accents of sweeping lyrical action that transports the audience to a vibrant physical and emotional space. Lenzu's newest work The Garden unmasks and transforms the conventional image of a garden, commonly seen as a tranquil space in which to commune with Nature.
Sunday, September 21st at 7pm:
Entroterra by Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, is a full length dance performance that transports you to the heart of the magical south of Italy, where the rhythms, rituals and typical Italian dances (tammurriatas, pizzicas and tarantellas) are rephrased through modern dance to reveal the map of the soul of a woman in four distinct stages of her life. The sacred and the profane, the quotidian and the eternal.
Anabella Lenzu reconstructs physical drama using contemporary movement and character development. Lenzu’s movement vocabulary originates from folk traditions using rustic primal gestures with accents of sweeping lyrical action that transports the audience to a vibrant physical and emotional space.
Anabella Lenzu is the artistic director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama and has been performing, choreographing and teaching in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA for over 15 years.
Lenzu completed her classical Ballet dance training at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied choreography at the Julliard School, with Mary Anthony, Jim May, and others; studies of the Humphrey/Limòn and Graham techniques, as well as the repertory of Anna Sokolow. Her studies also include Tango and the Folkdances and traditional dances of Argentina, Spain and Italy. In 1994, she founded and directed L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, her own dance school in Argentina. Since arriving in New York in 2005, Lenzu conducts classes at Dance New Amsterdam, New Dance Group, Peridance Center, Sarah Lawrence College & Mark Morris Dance Center, while also giving lectures, master-classes and residencies at Universities throughout the US and abroad. Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines.
For more information about the company, visit: www.AnabellaLenzu.com
Ciao Italy Performing Arts Festival was conceived to create a bridge between the historic Italian community in Williamsburg and the more recent community of artists who are living and/or working in the neighborhood. We are presenting traditionally-based and Italian-inspired work by contemporary performers and scholars. This year's festival has been made possible in part through the generous support of Brooklyn Council of Arts, sponsored by Associazione San Cono and also endorsed by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.