Performance Drawing

Jul 25 - Aug 22
Monday 6:00-8:00 PM (EST) 5 sessions
Monday 6:00-8:00 PM (EST) 5 sessions
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Anabella Lenzu,

Artistic director, choreographer, performer, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama

In a time where feeling disconnected from our bodies is the new normal, this course helps students explore their own body and presence by conjuring body images and physical gestures. We will explore issues of identity, social relationships and agency, through study and the shared creative process. Students will become familiar with key ideas in performance, as well as important artists like Trisha Brown, Anna Halprin, Carolee Schneemann, the Gutai Group, Ana Mendieta and Tony Orrico. Inspired by these figures, we will engage in a set of vigorous and liberating creative exercises using the Body Mapping technique, where texts, drawings and movement will be employed to share the stories of our bodies and experience. Participants will create 2D (drawing, photography, video, collage and mixed media), and later 3D compositions (site-specific, installations, dance, theater and performance art), to expand their artistic vocabulary. This course is ideal for visual artists looking to expand their work in performance, as well as anyone looking to get back in touch with their body and art. No background in performance required.
NOTE: All students with an active registration in this course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of regularly scheduled sessions during the listed course hours, as well as asynchronous material that may include prerecorded lectures and media, and interactive discussions.
Course Number
1 CEUs
Credit: SVACE Events Series
Performance and Body Mapping Workshop
Body Mapping is an intergenerational dialogue tool helping people of different generations to talk to each other. The experience builds trust and deepens people’s understanding of how their lives are all connected with each other. In this Body Mapping Workshop led by artistic director, choreographer, and performer Anabella Lenzu, participants will use texts and drawings to share their own stories of their bodies. The workshop begins with an excerpt from Lenzu's No More Beautiful Dances - a dance-theater piece using spoken word and drawings to tell a personal vision of femininity and what it means to be a woman today. The performance also challenges the viewer to think about how they view bodies. Through discussion and participation, we will develop fresh insights, find new directions and explore identity and social relationships. Suggested tools needed to follow along with this workshop recording: Paper to draw on (the bigger the better), crayons, and drawing implements. Comfortable clothes that allow movement are recommended. Image Credit: Todd Carroll Learn more about Anabella Lenzu's recent work The Night You Stopped Acting, featured in a New York Times review of La MaMa Festival.