Immigration. Roots. Discrimination. Memory.
Conceived and directed by Argentinean choreographer Anabella Lenzu with photographic projections created by Todd Carroll, In Pursuit of Happiness is a gripping, polemical piece of dance theater that hashes the personal, practical, and political struggles of immigrants to the United States.
The piece moves in between the turn of the twentieth century and modern day. In a non-linear approach, the work weaves in scenes from our current conflict on US immigration policy, bringing the contemporary debate into sharp relief against historical, forgotten experiences.
Deported before becoming a legal resident in 2005, Lenzu offers the audience insight into the minds of immigration’s advocates and adversaries through words and motion. Lenzu reconstructs physical drama using contemporary movement and character development; her movement vocabulary originates from rustic primal gestures with accents of sweeping lyrical action, which transports the audience to a vibrant physical and emotional space. While movement and poetry work on the audience’s subconscious in the piece, Lenzu exposes the spectrum and radicalism of the debate in text taken not only from immigrants but also from anti-immigration organizations.
Connecting the personal and political sides of immigration, Lenzu strives to redefine the relationship between audience and performer, encouraging emotional engagement with the work.
The creative team is composed of choreographer: Anabella Lenzu, assistant to the choreographer: Lauren Ohmer, photo projections: Todd Carroll, acting and vocal coach: Daniel Pettrow, costume designer: Jennifer Johanos, dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Paulina Espinosa, Alice Pucheu, Emily Vetsch, Melissa Garcia Velez
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