ANATOMY #13: Call for Proposals

A person with long light-coloured hair and dressed in black stands in the centre of a grass labyrinth marked out by stones. In the background, a bare tree. The image reads "Anatomy 13: visions of life in the infinite maze"


Multi-Arts Cabaret, September 23rd, 8pm, Summerhall

Call for Proposals: Deadline July 31st

On a trail of breadcrumbs and red thread, you move swiftly through the labyrinth. Shadows at the edge of your sight congeal into beasts and doorways. The cracks and moss in the maze’s brickwork seem to hint at a map, but it never fully makes sense. Through twists and turns and dead-ends and courtyards and gardens of statues, you chart this ever-shifting reality. Flames flicker in the sky like sprites. They speak to you: don’t worry … every way is the right way…keep going … the maze is endless but it is your maze …

ANATOMY is a quarterly live art cabaret based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall and occasionally venturing elsewhere. We seek proposals from fearless artists to tell cockamamie half-baked dogtales. Or not. We seek pirates, film-warpers, grotesques, thumpers of technology, immersive weepers, levitating playwrights, jugglers of industrial salvage, puppet dancers and throat gymnasts.

ANATOMY is especially welcoming of artists who face marginalisation, including D/deaf and/or disabled people, LGBT+ people, women, people of colour, working class people, and people from any related background or identity. We have a full accessibility policy to support this work, and all our events are BSL-interpreted. If you feel you are often excluded from performance opportunities, we would like to include you and hear how we can do that better. We have a budget to help meet individual access needs.

We are looking for fearless proposals for things that can be presented in a room with an audience, 5-30 minutes in length, regardless of trend, style, medium or diagnosis. For our September event, we want to talk about the mind and the places where your mind gets lost. Explore the DSM5, lay out the cartography of synaptic static, unravel the threads that wind through the brain, find yourself in the centre of the maze. As people with often strange and often broken and sometimes wonderful minds ourselves, we want to see art about yours. (But if you have a better idea then ignore ours: strict thematic adherence is not essential.)

Sara Zaltash performing in Tuul: Sweetmud, which was in the 2013 Peep/Anatomy programme. Sara is in a graffiti-covered back yard. She is dressed in sackcloth and is holding a bottle of wine, which she has poured on herself. She looks celebratory. Photo by Aleks Slota.

Selected acts will receive:
– A £100 fee for the performance, plus travel expenses
– Accommodation if needed with Anatomy family and friends
– Rehearsal space in Summerhall as required
– Full technical support for the show
– Photo documentation of the performance

We are currently unable to host aerial performances. One day we will be able to fly.

For more on what we’ve done, see our past events.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and a voluntary diversity monitoring form (click to download) and return, completed, to by midnight of July 31st (that is, the moment of perfect stillness between July 31st and August 1st which is neither one day nor the other). See our blog for advice on how to write a good applications. We welcome proposals in alternative formats, including video, if this is better for you; please contact us for details.

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