Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer, director, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Her own work has been presented by a Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, AUNTS, Movement Research, The Kitchen, Highways in LA and Studio 303 in Montreal. After being a Fresh Tracks artist at DTW in 2010 she has since received a BAX Space Grant, a STUDIO SERIES residency at Dance Theater Workshop and a Hunter College Artist in Residence position last Winter. She has taught dance at Smith and Mt. Holyoke colleges in Massachusetts and is currently a guest teaching artist at Bard college. As a performer Anspaugh has enjoyed working with, and performing for, Juliette Mapp, Faye Driscoll, Jen Rosenblit, Emily Johnson and Lisa D’amour, Taylor Mac, Aretha Aoki, and RobbinsChilds among others. She holds a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs,OH and an MFA from Smith College.
During the Extended Life program, Anspaugh will address the complex power relations embedded in the director/performer paradigm with her work REVERSE TO REVERENCE. The work is a solo made by Vanessa’s performers: Mary Read, Lydia Okrent, and Lindsay Clark. The solo is to be performed for Anspaugh’s dancers while her dancers perform being an audience. Questions addressing directorship, authorship, collaboration, sacrifice, and evolution will emerge. By looking at ways to subvert the dynamics and/or reverse the structures around the act of choreographing, the work stands as a metaphor for multiple power dynamics in the world at large.
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