Lenzu is an Argentinian of Italian extraction who has had companies in Argentina
and Italy. She also has lived and worked in the United States. The
performance on this evening, at the elegant home of the Argentinian Consulate,
celebrated the ten-year anniversary of Ms. Lenzu’s United States company.
Although Ms. Lenzu has performed at many venues around New York City, in the
evening’s opening remarks she said that she wanted to hold her celebration at
the consulate because she feels she is at home there. And it is a lovely home.
consulate building has inlaid floors, carved moldings, and an ornate glass
skylight at the center of the top floor, lighting the curved stairwell, a
reminder of the elegance of centuries past. The space used for the performance
was a sort of conference room with a platform at one end, which has been
created by removing a wall between two of the elegant consulate rooms. The
surroundings underscored the special atmosphere of the evening, which was a
series of excerpts from works of the company’s ten years.
of Ms. Lenzu’s major concerns is the expression of emotion, a welcome change
from much current choreography. Perhaps because the performance space was
limited, the pieces did not move much through space, but they all had emotional
intensity and it was clear that the performers wanted something. The opening
excerpt, dating from 2001, set the tone for much of the movement and the
emotional tone for the remainder of the hour and a half evening. Dominant
themes were anger, frustration, trying to be heard, longing, and loss. Fists
beat the air, whether railing at God or at a human who has disappeared or is
simply not listening. Feet kicked and arms reached for something ineffable.
In a rowdy and very funny piece of fans cheering a soccer team, scratching of
crotches and other vulgar gestures gave the piece a different, perhaps more
vital intensity. The specificity of the gestures, and the clarity of what gave
rise to the emotions made this piece a standout.
general, specificity of what the movements were trying to say could have been
greater. The emotions presented were not false, and each of the five dancers,
including Ms. Lenzu, worked hard to find their particular truth in the
movement, but were not always able to do so. Though each performer found one
or several moments in which to shine, the gestures did not help them because
they were not specific to the different situations. Thus, the movement was
suggestive rather than revelatory.
said, one must recognize that a review of dance/theater in which the performers
are limited in their use of space is unfair. To write a review of excerpts is
also unfair. An entire piece might well have felt and presented itself totally
differently. As it was, the excerpts suggested a path for the audience without
delving into the center of what was at stake.
the whole, the dancers were enjoyable to watch, and to follow. There was a
little something in the evening for everyone.
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