New York Live Arts presents Vanessa Anspaugh and Jen Rosenblit: Feb 15-18

Vanessa Anspaugh’s Armed Guard Garden
Jen Rosenblit’s In Mouth
February 15-18 at 7:30pm

New York, NY, January 18, 2012 – New York Live Arts presents two World Premieres in a shared evening featuring Vanessa Anspaugh’s Armed Guard Garden and Jen Rosenblit’s In Mouth, on February 15-18 at 7:30pm.

Vanessa Anspaugh questions how we maintain or reinforce difference between ”the garden and the world,” between your land and my land, between human and animal or Self and Other? Armed Guard Garden looks to the queer body as a site of resistance and to current “occupations” as a way of imagining and critiquing notions of paradise and “resting place.” The work features performers Aretha Aoki, Niall Noel Jones, Molly Leiber, Lydia Okrent, and Mary Read; Dramaturge Susan Mar Landau; Costume Design by Emily Roysdon; Lighting Design by Vincent Vigilante; Sound Design by Ryan MacDonald; Conceptual Collaborator Cassie Maude Peterson.

Jen Rosenblit harnesses multiplicity and absurdity as a constant point of departure and performative culture. Working with friend, performer, and long-term collaborator Addys Gonzalez, Rosenblit looks closely at the nature of theirduet body, listening to a structure that can support failure, honor patronage and deem even the unworthy as righteous. In Mouth finds these two bodies fallen, devastated and roaming and may or may not be about gay marriage.

Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Pre-show talk on February 15 at 6:30pm. Post-show talk on February 17. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of performance, and $15 on February 16. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.

Armed Guard Garden and In Mouth are commissioned by New York Live Arts’ DTW Commissioning Fund and are made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, with additional support from contributors to the DTW Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. Armed Guard Garden is also supported, in part, by The Jorgensen Family Foundation.

About Vanessa Anspaugh
Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer, director and performer originally from Los Angeles CA. Her own work has been performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, AUNTS, Judson, Highways in LA and Studio 303 in Montreal. After being a Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks artist in 2009, she has received a BAX Space Grant and a Studio Series residency at Dance Theater Workshop where she investigated a work made for the studio, Casey, Cassidy, Cassandra…whatever. She is currently a space grant artist at Hunter College where she has been working on Armed Guard Garden. As a performer, Anspaugh has enjoyed working with and performing for Juliette Mapp, Faye Driscoll, Jillian Peña, Jen Rosenblit, Taylor Mac, Maura Donohue, among others. She holds a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH and an MFA from Smith College.

About Jen Rosenblit
Jen Rosenblit formed the BottomHeavies in 2005 to encompass ideas, research, dance-making and to locate a space in this world. In 2011 this name felt like a memory of wanting and so it was let go. Since2002 Rosenblit has worked alongside a constant negotiation of friendship, expectation and collaboration with Addys Gonzalez while studying at Hampshire College. Her work has taken her to Denmark, Moscow and Italy. She has taught at Bowdoin College, Hollins and through CLASSCLASSCLASS in New York City. Her recent works include Everlast and So Badly (Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Performance & Residency Program 2009), When Them (Platform 2010 Back to New York City), and Salivate if you could (Dance Theater Workshop’s Studio Series 2010-11).

About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to the fabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.

Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of the legacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T. Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO.

Funding Support
Lead support for New York Live Arts is provided, in part, by Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Rockefeller Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, SeaChange Capital Partners, Robert Sterling ClarkFoundation, The Shubert Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and The Scherman Foundation.

The merger between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance TheaterWorkshop to form New York Live Arts was supported, in part, by Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, SeaChange Capital Partners, The New York Community Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.