Vanessa Anspaugh, is a choreographer/performance based artist. Born and raised in Los Angles, CA amongst an eclectic family of artists Anspaugh relocated to New York where she spent the better part of the last two decades. She is a recent Bessie nominee for Most Outstanding Production (The End of Men) as well as a NEFA NDP (National Dance Project) 2020 grant finalist for her lastest work in process, Aggression Confession . Her work has been commissioned and presented by, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, DTW, The Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, The Rubin Museum, The River to River Festival, The Hessel Museum among others. Her work has toured to Bard College, AUNTS, The Bates Dance Festival, The Cowels Center in Minneapolis, Colby College, Highways and Pieter in Los Angles, Studio 303 in Montreal and Space Gallery in Portland Maine. She has had a number of creative residencies supported by, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, CPR, Abrons Art Center, DTW, Kaatsbaan Center for the Arts, Bard College among others…In 2013 beloved dance champion Sam Miller invited her to join the first cohort of the LMCC Extended Life Artist Grantee & Residency program where she worked closely with mentor Jennifer Monson. As a performer Anspaugh has worked for Taylor Mac, Faye Driscoll, Aretha Aoki, Juliette Mapp, Robbinschilds, and more. She was a collaborating member and performer with MGM GRAND (Modern Garage Movement) with Jmy Leary and Biba Bell with whom she toured the western US Coast line. Her work has been written about in multiple periodicals such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Movement Research Journal, and academic journals such as the upcoming piece on The End of Men, by academic Mirium Felton-Dansky in the May 2020 issue of Theatre Survey. Over the last three years Anspaugh has been a visiting teaching artist at Bowdoin, Colby and Bates Colleges near Portland, Maine. There, she finds inspiration from the wild coastal landscape that feels familiar to her California home-land.
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