Anatomy #6 Call for Proposals


Saturday 28th September 2013
Summerhall, Edinburgh


“A great gift for a performer.”
– Lucille Teppa, Tessitura

From the sewers, the skies and the sea they come! Made of metal and flesh, bone, rock and wing, they crawl! Clanking contraptions puffing black smoke and swallowing worlds! Absorbing cathedrals and factories along a trail of rot! These are the desolation engines! These are the RUIN MACHINES. And this, the ruin they’ve wrought, is THE FALL

A contemporary take on the music hall variety show, ANATOMY is a platform for performance artists of all disciplines; beyond scratch, it creates a stage for risk-taking performance and breath-taking theatrics in Edinburgh’s exciting new multi-arts venue, Summerhall, within a historic anatomy lecture theatre.

ANATOMY seeks proposals from theatre practitioners, artists, dancers, music makers and destroyers, puppeteers of junk and flesh, sculptors, story tellers, film makers, clowns, poets, photographers, mimes, installations, painters, weirdos and burlesques; the abstract, the comical, the terrifying, the sublime, the unfathomable, the beautiful, the life-changing and the oddly mundane.

We are looking for brave pieces, 5-20 minutes in length, that transcend the boundaries of genre, either by smashing, blending or outright ignoring them

For our autumn event, we solicit visions of RUIN MACHINES: THE FALL. Hulking shapes in the mist; tremors underfoot; the cacophony of collapse — What are they? What is it? What will it mean? Will we survive? What will be left of us? Is this… the end?

This theme is loose and you are free to use it strictly, loosely, or not at all; adhering to the theme is not part of the selection criteria.

If ANATOMY is somewhere that you and your art belong, please download this form and return, completed, as a single file by 18th August 2013 to

Selected acts will have access to rehearsal space before the show, a small expenses budget of £30, and full technical support.

Please note that due to structural limitations, we are currently unable to accept applications from aerial acts. Although we hope this to change in the near future. By magic if necessary.

“Words cannot describe how happy, grateful, thankful and touched I am right now. I just back from performing at ANATOMY #4 and the reactions and feedback I got were unbelievable, interesting and more than I could have wished for.”
– Tom Harlow, Pour Homme

“I love the idea of ANATOMY. The venue, the acts, all of it.”
– Brian Sonia-Wallace, Partnerships Alone

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