Called “gifted” by The New Yorker and “an elegant, sensitive thinker” by The New York Times, Aynsley Vandenbroucke has been choreographing, curating, and making spaces for dance in New York since 2000. A Laban Movement Analyst, Aynsley is passionate about the role of movement and embodiment in every aspect of life. Aynsley sees dance (whether in choreographing or teaching) as a way to explore fundamental human questions and find new perspectives at the unlikely intersection of disparate fields and modes of thought. Some recent explorations have included making written dances, looking at the political implications of finding one’s own physical grounding, and using Thomas Aquinas’s “Unmoved Mover” proof from the Summa Theologica to complicate an exercise of transitioning from stillness to motion.
Aynsley’s choreography has been performed throughout the NYC (at Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, Baryshnikov Arts Center, CPR- Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, and Lincoln Center Institute’s Clark Studio Theater, among others) as well as in San Francisco, Colorado, and Brazil.
Aynsley co-founded Mount Tremper Arts, a center for contemporary performance and visual arts in the Catskill Mountains. There she played a large role in the design of the studio performance space, co-curated an internationally recognized festival, and created initiatives to support artists and welcome new audience members. The New York Times wrote, “Mount Tremper Arts has become a quietly thriving offshoot of the city's contemporary performance world: a magnet for adventurous urban artists and a devoted local audience."
Aynsley's work has been supported by grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Emergency Grant, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Gibney Dance Center, among others. Her writing on dance has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Movement Research Performance Journal, and The Performance Club. She was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for five years and helped coordinate the program there. She has also taught at Lehman College in the Bronx. She graduated in 1999 from North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied on scholarship and was nominated for the Princess Grace Award. Her previous studies include intensive ballet and contemporary dance training at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, The Ruth Page Foundation, and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.