Gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Anna Seymour for accepting our invitation to lead the company in a summer season of research and development at Dance City.

Anna‘s artistic motivations chime in harmony with Surface Area’s considerations—our conversations with Anna are enlightening and deeply motivating. We wait in anticipation for Anna’s arrival and to encourage Anna’s conversations with the North East’s community of artists, participants, and peers.

Anna recently joined Candoco Dance Company in London from Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived for 14 years. Graduating with a BA in Dance from Deakin University, Anna has worked as a freelance dance artist, actress, teacher, consultant, and producer. She is a proud Deaf woman and communicates in Auslan, BSL, and English. She has a passion for her community, culture, and language.

As a dancer, Anna has worked with a range of companies and choreographers in Australia and the UK whilst also choreographing her work (Distraction Society, SPIN, Mini SPIN, and Skin). Anna also co-founded The Delta Project, a dance collective of Deaf and hearing performers based in Melbourne. Anna has also worked as an actress for TV (ABC’s Get Krack!n), film (Volatilis), and theatre (Deafferent Theatre) and has assisted with script developments. She has spent time in residence in New York (OMI), Berlin (Arts Access Australia), Hobart (SITUATE), and Melbourne (Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc) to develop her choreographic research interests.

Anna is currently in the studio with the other Candoco dancers creating new work with New York-based choreographer Jeanine Durning while considering re-mounting Trisha Brown’s “Set and Reset” and Yasmeen Godder’s “Face In” to be performed and toured later in the year.