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Theo Coté

How does a body become a homeland? What does it mean to be female? How do bodies become receptacles and messengers?

Anabella Lenzu will answer these questions while sharing excerpts of her performance art piece “No More Beautiful Dances” at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

The work begins in darkness with Lenzu — an Argentina native who has worked in Europe, South America, and the United States over a 25-year-plus career as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher — sitting on a wooden square at center stage. She spanks, rubs, pats, and kneads different body parts while singing, laughing, and cursing. With help from live-streaming cameras, projectors, laptops, and a magnifying glass, she explores two ideas — the body as a container and the body as a tool.

With twists and turns, she verbally wrestles with being an immigrant and a modern day mother. From a bulimic youngster with a shapely rear-end that was featured in a magazine, she informs that she’s become a 40-something mom with a flabby belly and droopy boobs. Meanwhile, a screen flashes her body parts and facial expressions as she writhes through such life experiences as giving birth and getting periods.

In short, her body becomes her homeland with her movements being her mother tongue.

After the show, Lenzu, author of a 2013 book entitled “Unveiling Motion and Emotion,” will lead a question-and-answer session and then a Body Mapping Workshop.

Body Mapping is a therapeutic tool combining physical action with artistic expression. Participants interweave drawing and painting with movement, meditation, visualization, and story-telling. They map out corporal places of pain, hope, and potential on a journey of self discovery. The emotional goal is for participants to accept their body’s shapes. The physical goal is that they understand how their parts work. Then they can decrease strain and improve performance by using their parts in the proper ways.

The afternoon is open to all genders and ages, and neither experience nor artistic talent is required for the workshop.

 

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