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Vanessa Anspaugh

mourning after mornings

Schaeffer Theatre

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This performance contains nudity and adult language.

Inspired by a collection of death and grieving rituals, three archetypal female outcasts (facing their own aging) tell an ancient story that is also the present. In recent years, Anspaugh has made four new works, all under the subject of deaths that come too soon, mourning after mornings is the one that wants to wake up. The multi-generational cast explores communal loss and mourning, reclaiming wildness, and attending to the devastating, absurd, and sacred ways we come to care for bodies and ritualize endings.

“Anspaugh draws the viewer in immediately and never lets go.” –– The New York Times

Vanessa Anspaugh, is a choreographer/performance based artist. She was born and raised in Los Angles, CA amongst an eclectic family of artists, affected by the vast urban landscape and Pacific Ocean. In 2001 she relocated to New York where she has been based for the better part of the last two decades, with time teaching and working in Maine, California and Massachusetts, her current home. Anspaugh is recent Bessie Award nominee for Most Outstanding Production for her piece, The End of Men and was a 2021 NEFA NDP Finalist, and a NEFA New Work New England recipient for her ongoing piece, Funerals for the Ocean. Anspaugh’s work has been both commissioned and presented by venues such as, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, and School for Contemporary Dance & Thought.

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mourning after mornings
Choreographer/Director: Vanessa Anspaugh
Collaborating performers: Anna Azrieli, Rebecca Serrell-Cyr, maura nguyễn donohue, Laura Osterhaus Rosenstone, Jo Warren, C Anthony-Green, Umechi Born & Pia
Scenographer & Lighting Designer: Kathy Couch
Sound Design by Vanessa Anspaugh in collaboration with Soraya Odishoo
Dramaturgical Support:  Mike Mikos.

mourning after mornings premiered at New York Live Arts in 2022. The work is supported in part by Dance NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts; and New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency program, supported in part by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Partners for New Performance.
Photo of mourning after mornings at New York Live Arts by Maria Baranova

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