ANA LESSING MENJIBAR
is a German-Spanish performer, dancer, visual artist and art-director (Berlin, 1982). She studied Visual Communication in Berlin and Sydney and graduated in 2008 with honours from the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). Currently, she is taking part in the performance art Master’s program, Solo/Dance/Authorship (SoDA) at the UdK’s Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT).

Ana Lessing Menjibar has studied Flamenco dance from an early age. Her work is an investigation and conceptual interpretation of contemporary flamenco, stretching the genre and movement vocabulary to locate transformative potential within the context of performance. The body is also addressed as a unique source of sound and rhythm, extending the ability of sound to act as a performer in space.

Lessing Menjibar’s interdisciplinary practice also explores notions of the performative through media such as photography, video, and installation. Using the body as a starting point for confrontations with social and emotional topics in relation to space, time or society.

Since 2004 she has also worked as art-director and publisher in the field of culture and arts.

 

Education

 2002-2008  Study at Berlin University of the Arts Berlin, Graduation with honours in Visual Communication (Diploma) Professors: Cyan, Stefan Sagmeister, Melk Imboden, Fons Hickmann
2005 Study at University of the Art Sydney ( NICA Scholarship)
01-07/1999 Truro College, England, ‘A Level Exam’ in communication and art, First Cambridge Certificate in English
1994 – 2002 Friedrich Engels High School, Berlin. Graduation: Abitur, bilingual German-Spanish

2002-ongoing Andrés Marín and Leonor Leal (main Mentors, Teachers & Collaborators)
Also Flamenco Master Classes with Dancers and Choreographers, Berlin and Sevilla
with Eva la Yerbabuena, Farruquito, Juana Amaya, Juan Carlos Lérida, Andrés Peña, Ursula Lopez, Rafael Campallo, Patricia Guerrero a.s.o.
1993-1997 Flamenco education with Celia Rojas “La India”, Berlin
1988-1993 Flamenco education with Manuel Moreno, Berlin

 

Performance (selection)

2019 Ufer Studios Berlin – “Perpetual Archive” – Solo Performance
2019 Ufer Studios Berlin – “(Int)eruption. The Idea of a Second Heart.” – Solo Performance
2019 Sophiensaele, Berlin – “dissociate” by Joseph Wegmann  – Groupe Performance Mineralwasser Kollektiv
2018 Ufer Studios Berlin – “/\/\/\/ |”- Groupe Performance, by Mineralwasser Kollektiv
2018 Tanznacht Berlin – “Remembering the Future – Tanzfabrik Berlin’s 40th Birthday!” – Groupe Performance by Mineralwasser Kollektiv
2018 Villa Romana, Florence – Group show “Would have been” “Somatolyse 2” – Solo Performance
2018 Flutgraben, Berlin – “birdlike_creature” – Performance with Mikala Hyldig Dal
2018 Lido, Berlin – Song Release & Performance – “Spanish Footwork” – Collaboration for the new album of Kid Simius “Planet Of The Simius” – “Berlin Flamenco Ensemble”
2018 ArteReunido Festival, Zürich ” – Solo Performance “Somatolyse 2”
2016 Ateneo de Málaga – “Ida y vuelta“ – Solo performance
2016-ongoing EP and live performance in production – “Berlin Flamenco Ensemble” in collaboration with Kid Simius

 

Flamenco Solo Performances & Choreography (selection)

2019 Babylon Berlin – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2011-2018 Komische Oper Berlin – “Carmen”, Director Sebastian Baumgarten, Guest-soloist (Solo Dance, Performing) and Flamenco Choreographer
2017 Performance and Choreography for “Semi” – Music video for Kid Simius feat. Kelvyn Colt
2017 Alter Schlachthof, Dresden – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2017 Contemporary Tango Festival Berlin – “Flamenco meets Tango” – Duo-Dance / Choreo. in collaboration with Sven Elze (Tango dancer) and musicians “Konjaleo”
2017 Laeizhalle Hamburg – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2017/16/15 Gewandhaus Leipzig – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2016/15 Urania Berlin – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2016 Ateneo de Málaga – “Ida y vuelta“, Solo Performance / Choreo.
2016 Rock im Park / Rock am Ring / Maifeld Derby – Tour with Kid Simius – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2015 Flamenco Festival, Berlin – “Homenaje a Oliver Farke“ – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2014 Flamenco Festival, Berlin – “Berliner Flamenco Nacht“ – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2014 Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2013/ Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin – “Flamenco Concert” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2012 Waschhaus Potsdam – “Los dos Tiempos” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2011 Flamenco Festival Würzburg – “Los dos Tiempos” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2010  Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin – “Flamenco Concert” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2009 Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin – “Flamenco-Benefiz-Konzert” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2009 Kulturhuset Banken, Lillehammer; Konserthus, Oslo; Blaue Grotte, Fredrikstad, Norway, – „Entre Nosotros“ – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2009 Flamenco Festival Würzburg – „Entre Nosotros“ – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2008 Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin – “Flamenco Concert” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2007 Flamenco Festival, Berlin – “Los dos Tiempos” – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2006 Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin – “Flamenco Concert” – Solo Dance /
2005 Flamenco Festival, Berlin – “Junge Talente“ – Solo Dance / Choreo.
2006 Tränenpalast Berlin – Companía “Azabache Flamenco” – Solo Dance / Choreo.

 

Direction / Exhibition /Screenings (selection)

2018 Screening – Uferstudios Berlin, Performance – Videoart “Listen to the image,look to the sound” Premiere of “Moosgrün, verschluck mich”
2017 Group show – Exhibition Refugee Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan Region – “Mother Love”
2016 Co-Director, Visual concept (Stage, Video) – Dance Production for Tanzhaus NRW –“Frágil” Artist in Residency with Leonor Leal (dance), Michio (music), Maura Morales (choreography)
2016 Screening “Buleria”– 29Th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille (Friche la Belle de Mai) & Buenos Aires – “Instants Vidéo Numériques et poétiques”
2016 Group show – Galerie Westphal, Berlin – “Mother Love”
2016 Solo Exhibition – Bienal Miradas de Mujeres 2016, Malaga, Spain – “(Re)Tratando” Represented by Yolanda Ochando Obra Gráfica
2016 Group show – Larry, Berlin – “The Larry Video Show”
2016 Group show – Schaufenster, Berlin – “TOPIC TROPIC”
2016 Solo exhibition – Ateneo de Málaga – “Ida y vuelta“
2015 Solo exhibition – Instituto Cervantes Berlin – “Por Siguiriyas“
2015 Group show – Artistweekend Berlin – “NGORONGORO”
2014 Co-Director / staging the dream levels for the movie “Aller 28 Tage” / Director: Ina Borrmann. Documentary co-produced with arte, rbb, MDR
2014 Co-Director with Emma Vau for “Use your time” – Music video for Kolumbus Kill
2013 Artistic Director, Exhibition and Workshops – Kommunale Galerie Berlin “Once upon a time…”
2012 Group show NGBK, Berlin / “Machen die immer (noch) das Gleiche? Die NGBK probt ihre Kommunikationsfähigkeit.”
2012 Artistic director of the project “Once upon a time …” – Skateistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
2012 Curation – DAZ, Berlin – “Skateistan – The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan”
2009 Exhibition and release event of the publication “Berlin Haushoch # 3 – Charlottenburg“ at the Königlichen Porzellan Manufaktur, Berlin
2008 Exhibition and release event of the publication “Berlin Haushoch # 2 – Der Wedding“ in the former Schering Galerie, Berlin
2006 Co-founder of the magazine Berlin Haushoch, Exhibition and release event of the publication “Berlin Haushoch # 1 – Marzahn“ in a Plattenbau in Marzahn, Berlin
2005 Group show at Gallery Newspace, Sydney – “Souvenirs“
2004 Group show at Lichtturm Berlin, curated by Stefan Sagmeister – “Design berührt Herz“
2002-2008  several group shows – University of the Arts Berlin

 

Art Direction 

Since 2004 she has also worked as art-director and publisher in the field of culture and arts working for example with Rizzoli Edition, Dummy Magazine, Sleek Magazine,  St. Agnes –  Johann König, NGBK or Nike. She was also the publisher of two artistic concept magazines called Berlin Haushoch and A Mag for All Seasons.

 

Lectures, Artist Talk & Workshops

2016 Art School San Telmo Málaga – Artist Talk
2014 University of Applied Sciences Potsdam –Artist Talk
2013 Kommunale Galerie, Berlin – Photography Workshop
2012 Skateistan Kabul, Afghanistan – Photography Workshop
2010 University of Applied Sciences Dortmund – Artist Talk
2010 BTK Berliner Academy of Design – Artist Talk
2010 University of the Arts Berlin – Artist Talk
2009 University of the Arts Glasgow – Artist Talk
2009 University East London – Artist Talk
2009 Chead-Conference Berlin – Artist Talk

 

Awards & Scholarships

2014 Stiftung Buchkunst / Shortlist – Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2013
2014 Nominated for the Designpreis Deutschland (German Design price)
2013 IFA – Art Funding
2013 nomination Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents / unesco-creative-cities-network
2013 Art Directors Club
2011 Nominated for the Designpreis Deutschland (German Design price)
2010 Sappi Ideas That Matter
2010 Nominated for the Designpreis Deutschland (German Design price)
2009 LICC
2009 iF Gold Award
2009 RedDot Award
2008 iF Award
2008 RedDot Award
2006 Art Directors Club Germany Junior Award
2006 Canon Pro-fashional Award
2006 RedDot Award
2005 NICA

 

Artist Books / Own Publication

2014 A Mag for All Seasons – Winter Magazine #1
2009 Berlin Haushoch #3 – Charlottenburg
2008 Berlin Haushoch #2 – Der Wedding
2006 Berlin Haushoch #1 – Marzahn

 

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