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Untitled: A Dance and Poetry Event by Aynsley Vandenbroucke and Claudia LaRocco


Richard F. Celeste Theatre
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.




A dance without movement. A journal without spoken words. Poems by a critic.

Well so what does it mean for two choreographers and a writer to share an evening anyway? Is this a productive use of everyone’s time? What’s the point of productivity anyway? Maybe it’s better as a joke: two choreographers and a writer walked into a gallery…. What we know is that we’re interested in and turned on by a lot of the same ideas swirling around dance and poetry and movement and language and movement as language and vice versa…and so that’s where we’re starting, as three artists with distinct trajectories and ways of working, who are curious about where those distinctions might merge and make something entirely new. Or, not new—this isn’t the 1950s, after all. But, you know. Strange. Surprising. Maybe even worth getting excited about. Yes? Stay tuned. We’re game if you are.

Aynsley Vandenbroucke is a choreographer, curator, and teacher. Called "gifted" by The New Yorker and "an elegant, sensitive thinker" by The New York Times, her work has been performed throughout New York City (The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, CPR- Center for Performance Research, among others) as well as in San Francisco and Brazil. Aynsley co-founded Mount Tremper Arts, a multidisciplinary arts center in the Catskill Mountains, and currently teaches at Princeton University.  Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Movement Research Performance Journal, and the Performance Club.  Upcoming events include a live choreography adventure organized by Sally Silvers and a residency at The Pilot Balloon in Lawrence, Kansas.


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Aynsley Vandenbroucke in Untitled Written Dance at Danspace Project. Photo by Mathew Pokoik.


Claudia La Rocco is a poet and critic. Her recent and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include projects with the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, the interdisciplinary performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the visual artist Brett Goodroad. La Rocco founded, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art form. She is a member of the Off the Park poetry press and contributes frequently to the New York Times and She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, and has taught at such institutions as Princeton University, ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival and Movement Research. Her selected writings are scheduled to be published by Badlands Unlimited in fall 2014.


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Photo by José Carlos Teixeira. The text, by La Rocco, was written (after reading five pages of Edward Said) as a site-specific piece for the wall of Teixeira’s studio as part of his Translation(s), a project developed at Headlands Center for the Arts


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Photo by José Carlos Teixeira.


Lauren Grace Bakst makes dances and organizes conversations. She believes in feminism, failure, ghosts, and the dancing body. Her work has been performed throughout New York in spaces such as Abrons Arts Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and The Drawing Center. Lauren's writing can be found in BOMB where she is also the Online Performance Editor. She curates Knowing Dance More, a series of performance-lectures and discussions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to making her own work, Lauren has recently performed with Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Mariana Valencia, and is currently working with Michelle Boulé.


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Untitled: A Dance and Poetry Event by Aynsley Vandenbroucke and Claudia LaRocco
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: Department of Theatre & Dance
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