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I WANT TO ERASE BOUNDARIES: Anabella Lenzu

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Jessica sat down with Argentinian dance and dance-theater artist Anabella Lenzu to discuss her impressive body of work and philosophies on life and art. Not only a dancer and choreographer, but also an author and dedicated teacher, Anabella had in-depth perspectives to share on a wide range of topics, including the inseparability of life and creative work; the impacts of technology and social media; how the US and South America differ in their approaches to dance and dance pedagogy; and the process of helping her students find focus and make life choices in an ever-present sea of distractions. Anabella emphasized the importance of maintaining curiosity as an artist and dissolving the often restrictive boundaries between disciplines, communities, individuals and more. Her own enthusiasm for her work was a pleasure to experience! Keep your eyes peeled for Annabella’s second book, “Teaching Dance through Meaningful Gestures,” in 2020.

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, London and the USA. Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 380 performances, created 14 choreographic works and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC.

Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion. The book contains writings 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 2020. The book explores how technique is a philosophy and a theory, and how the body is an instrument for expression. 

Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center and NYU Gallatin, and is Artist-in-Residence at CUNY Dance Initiative, 2019-2020.

EVERYONE HAS A BODY: Troy Ogilvie

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Early in 2019, Clara sat down with Troy Ogilvie – Choreographer, performer and improv teacher – for a wide-ranging conversation that revealed Troy’s deep-seated “JOD (joy of dance)” and many insights into the process of creating movement from a place of purpose. Troy introduced us to the terms kinesphere and proprioception and described her own fascination with the tension between structure and spirit that we find at the heart of dance. She also told us about performing as Lady Macbeth in the world-famous interactive show Sleep No More! Troy teaches improv at Peridance every Wednesday at 10am. You can follow her @troyanosaurus and learn more at http://troyogilvie.squarespace.com/!

Troy Ogilvie teaches Improv, choreographs, and performs dance and dance/theater. From 2013-2015, Troy performed as Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More.” She has danced for and collaborated with choreographers including Roy Assaf, Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Zoe Scofield, Margie Gillis and many, many more. Troy has also curated, produced, and performed in two solo shows –  ‘RESET’ in 2011 and ‘PRISM’ in 2017. In 2011 she was named one of “Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch.” Troy has taught and continues to teach and choreograph in countless venues and dance studios in NYC and New Jersey. She holds a BFA from Juilliard.