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Anabella Lenzu

Part-time Faculty
al6591@nyu.edu
429 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Tuesday 9:00-11:00

M.F.A., Choreography, Wilson College, 2018

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher with over thirty years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, and the United States. Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented almost four hundred performances, created fourteen choreographic works, and performed at a hundred venues, presenting thought-provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in New York. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Col˜n in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Lim˜n and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folk dances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Lenzu founded her own dance school L'Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and as an educator for more than thirty years, she has taught in a range of institutions, including universities, professional dance studios, companies, festivals, and symposiums in the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, London, and Italy. As a choreographer, Lenzu has been commissioned all over the world for opera, TV programs, theater productions, and by dance companies. She has produced and directed several award-winning short dance films and screened her work in over fifty national and international festivals, including London, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Her work has been seen at La Mama, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Draftworks at DanceSpace project/ St. Mark Church, 92nd Street Y, HERE Arts Center, Abrons Arts Center, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum, Gibney Dance, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion, Chez Bushwick, Roulette, Chashama, Dixon Place, Sheen Center, The Consulate of Argentina in NYC, NYU/Casa Zerilli Marimo, University Settlement, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Instituto Cervantes, 3LD Center for Art & Technology, Kumble Theater/Long Island University, among many others. She has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Edwards Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, and the Independent Community Foundation. Lenzu has written for various dance and art magazines. Her first book, Unveiling Motion and Emotion, was published in 2013, with writing in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Her second book, Teaching Dance through Meaningful Gestures, is expected in 2022. The book explores basic exercises, visualization exercises, active imagination, and artistic application and how technique is a philosophy as well as a theory, and how the body is an instrument for expression.    

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases

2023

Creative Residency at The Dragon’s Egg

Anabella Lenzu also participated in a Creative Residency at The Dragon’s Egg, Connecticut, United States, as well as being selected as Parent Artist-in-Residence Program at Movement Research, New York, United States. Lenzu  screened her eight films in 45 festivals both nationally (MA,RI, LA, NC, UT, NYC, CO, WA, Chicago, CA, CT, PA and NJ), and internationally, including Chile, Belgium, Sweden, Japan, Kenya, Venezuela, Spain, France, Romania, Bolivia, Spain, Serbia, Indonesia, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Teaching and Research Interests

choreography; dance and performance; dance theatre; dance drama; performance techniques; improvisation techniques; theater; visual arts; photography; multidisciplinary collaborations; interdisciplinary art; the politics of performance; art criticism; art history; technology collaborations; creative process; creativity  invention and imagination; theory and practice; latinoamerican literature; Spanish  cultural identity; ritual; modern  avant-garde and contemporary; pedagogy; methodology of teaching 

Recent News

PUBLICATIONS

Anabella Lenzu contributed articles to Dance Enthusiast, Danza Hoy, VICEVERSA, Danzaria, Fluir, and Balletin Dance in April 2020.  

AWARDS AND HONORS

Lenzu was awarded a 2022 Innovative Dance Educator by the New York State Dance Education Association, which acknowledges a stellar dance educator who develops innovative pedagogy in the dance field. 

In June 2020, Lenzu created the Online Choreographic Mentorship Program, an independent and Online Educational Program designed to address the need of artists to continue studying and reflecting on the dance making art during the pandemic.  

 

Anabella Lenzu