New Dance Group
THE GARDEN (World Premiere)
by ANABELLA LENZU/DANCEDRAMA
NEW DANCE GROUP
305 West 38th Street
@ 8th Avenue
JUNE 6-7, 2008
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama will premiere The Garden, a visceral multi-media collaboration inspired by The Palazzo Real in Caserta, Italy, at New Dance Group. A series of interrelated solos, duets, and ensemble pieces, The Garden features original music by Geoff Gersh and photography by Todd Carroll.
Performances are June 6-7 (Friday and Saturday) at 8:00 pm at New Dance Group, located at 305 West 38th St at 8th Avenue; tickets are $12 and can be purchased at New Dance Group.
Reservations recommended, please email: info@AnabellaLenzu.com
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.
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. The overlapping collage of images and movement simultaneously entertain extreme contrasts of sentiment, synchronicity, and order, unveiling Mother Nature's capacity to destroy, form, and grow beyond our wildest imaginations. The beauty of decay and death, the freedom in disorder all manifest through the filter of contemporary dance. The Garden is performed by Katie Clancy, Debra Zalkind, Ana Wu, and Lauren Olhmer.
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.
Todd Carroll, a professional photographer with over 10 years experience, presently maintains a photo studio in New York, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his own projects.
For more information about the company, visit: www.AnabellaLenzu.com
Photo © & courtesy of Todd Carroll