We are supremely excited to announce to you our two Anatomy Associate Artists!
Sandra Alland and Emily Phillips will work with us at Anatomy from July until December 2016 to make new live art. Through mentoring, development and funding, we’re supporting these two brilliant artists to make new performances, which will debut in our December shows. We’re very proud that Emily and Sandra chose to work with us and that we were able to support their art: it’s going to be an exciting few months.
Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist, performer and curator. She is currently curating and making new video content for Disability Arts Online’s Viewfinder, and co-editing an anthology and website of UK disabled and D/deaf poets (Nine Arches Press). She also performs poetry with They They Theys, directs short documentaries on queer & trans D/deaf and/or disabled artists in Scotland (‘I’m Not Your Inspiration’), and curates Scotland’s intersectional trans & queer arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Sandra has published three books of poetry, and won Canada’s bpNichol Award for Naturally Speaking (on disability poetics, gender and AI). She has three short stories forthcoming in anthologies from Manchester’s Comma Press, as well as an essay in Toronto’s Feral Feminisms about disabled and/or D/deaf access for film and her short film, ‘Able’.
As an ANATOMY Associate Artist, Sandra will be adapting her short story, ‘Equivalence’, commissioned and soon to be published by Comma Press (Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals). The story explores disability, non-binary gender, and Einstein’s Equivalence Principle and her adaptation into performance will integrate dance, film, and disabled and D/deaf access (including audio description, captions and BSL) into the story.
Emily is a classical singer and performer. She trained in voice and opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and in physical theatre and dance in Berlin, London and Edinburgh. Recent work includes All the Angels at Shakespeare’s Globe, a devised showcase at the National Theatre Young Studio and seasons with Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park. In 2016, Emily joined laboratory theatre company, Company of Wolves for their devised show The End of Things. Other recent physical theatre collaborations in London and Scotland include Théâtre du Soleil, Oceanallover, Erratica and Born Mad.
As an ANATOMY Associate Artist, Emily will be applying her formidable operatic talents to a new-found joy of bouffon—that outcast grotesque relation to the clown. She will be focused on finding new material in the juxtaposition of opera’s note perfection, and bouffon’s revelling in discarded impurities.