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xyz nyc returns February 20th!

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Sochi? More like So-xyz. That’s right: xyz nyc is BACK this month with four new choreographers and an esteemed guest judge. The theme? The Olympics.

February 20th marks the first of four competitions this spring, culminating in a championship round in May. This month’s daring choreographer contestants are Jesse Factor, Kristen Klein, Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, and Kit Stanley. Michael Burke joins us on the 20th as the guest judge, and we’re thrilled to announce that he will share an excerpt from his current work. Stay tuned for more info about all the choreographers!

xyz nyc: THE OLYMPICS will take place at The Tank, 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor. Tickets are $10; buy them online or at the door.

Introducing our June Guest Judge, Anabella Lenzu

 Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 20 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College. 

 Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines, and plans to debut her first book in March 2013, entitled “Unveiling Motion and Emotion”. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Photography by Todd Carroll will document Lenzu’s vast range of experiences dancing, teaching, and choreographing. 

Samantha Carmean’s piece at the March xyz nyc show, featuring Annie Wang.

Samantha Carmean’s piece at the March xyz nyc show, featuring Annie Wang.

Introducing Sandra Kramerova, December Choreographer

Meet the lovely Sandra Kramerova, one of the randomly chosen choreographers participating in the upcoming 3rd installation of xyz nyc.

 imageSandra Kramerova is an emerging choreographer seeking a humanistic and natural way of approaching contemporary dance. In her choreographic work she   plays with various qualities of movement, as the body moves through different substances guided by the    flow of organic movement one has within himself. Her dance spirals along with the curves of the body and of nature. There is always a continuation, exploring the flow of breath and energy of the body. Her dance is inspired by human behavior, physical actions, relationships, everlasting universal rhythm, embryological motility rocking the cranium and the pelvis, flow, textures, sensations, transitions, Gaga, Yoga, flying, swimming, Slovak culture, Pina, Israel, the city, heartfelt music, atmosphere, moment, surprise. Her work is based on experiences from Choreography studies at University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she collaborated with established Slovak dancers, choreographers and actors. Merging dance and drama concepts gave her a solid ground for further exploration. Dance and choreography experience from Israel (with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company) created a whole new way of understanding dance and its physicality, performance art and raw movement. Attracted to encounter dance vibrations of New York City, Sandra came to study at the Peridance Certificate Program and a year later became a member of Overground Physical Theater Company as a dancer and assistant choreographer. 

xyz nyc: ROUND 3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

9:30 p.m. 

151 W. 46th St. 8th Fl. NY, NY 10036

For advance sale tickets, click here.

Meet Lisa Niedermeyer, an illustrious xyz nyc:Round 3 judge


A life long adventure in dance has brought me work with some pretty fantastic artists and collaborators, including Jane Comfort, Doug Elkins and jill sigman/thinkdance. In 2010 I was tapped by Jacob’s Pillow to be co-curator for their online audience engagement platform Dance Interactive. I got to dive deep into the legendary archives of Jacob’s Pillow performance videos from 1936-present day. I’ve been lucky. When I fill out audience survey’s I’m the one that checks the box for “Attends live performance greater than 2-3 times per week”. I see a ton of work. I’m chasing the high of those truly moving performances so compelling you feel marked by them forever. Before the curtain goes up, or the lights go out, or however the event begins, I get that tingling feeling of hope. Hope that the artists will help me to fall in love all over again.

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xyz nyc: ROUND 3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

9:30 p.m. 

151 W. 46th St. 8th Fl. NY, NY 10036

For advance sale tickets, click here.