Choreographer Playbook: LIZ TENUTO

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San Francisco choreographer, director, and teacher Liz Tenuto invited us to preview her newest work, This Year is Different: a Self-Help Musical. Her company is called Dance and a Half. The show premieres this weekend, November 13-15 at Grey Area (@Mission x 22nd).

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We watched song and character unfold in the intimate 80 Turk CounterPulse space. We took notes. We snapped film photos. We loved being there.

Here are some questions, disparate thoughts, and favorite moments.

Fear, daring, suspicion, scared, not being enough/being too much, anxious, “reptile in my brain”. How do these feelings manifest physically?

Do each of these women represent one person?

FINAL light focus

Female, industrial, wild, self-care, electricity, unknown. 

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How can we become friends with our nature? Evolutionary fit / Emotional death.

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How does the self both challenge and nurture itself? What do we tell ourselves to feel better? How do we take care of ourselves?

To in some way live more fully.
To accept and include your wild self.

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Pictured: Atosa Babaoff, Esme Kundanis-Grow, Courtney Russell and Rebecca Siegel. And Liz Tenuto.

All Photos By Melissa Lewis *

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