ANATOMY is cauldron of performance art presented with music hall-style shenanigans that bubbles over across Edinburgh. Our first event ran in 2012, and we have been concocting stews of splashed paint, clowning, artcore film, dance, cockamamie theatre, contorted music, and genre-bending showboats ever since.
In our second year of funding from Creative Scotland, we are expanding our core to reach for new audiences and new ways of working.
Our fulcrum events — quarterly cabarets presented in the historic anatomy lecture theatre in Summerhall — shall continue to present a brave programme of new work hosted by rapscallion rascals, Ali Maloney and Harry Josephine Giles. Pitched somewhere ‘beyond scratch’, these events smash across styles, mediums, and trends and promise to show you at least one thing that will shake your world and one thing that you hate (of course, the real magic is to make sure these are not the same pieces for each audience member).
Returning for our 2017/18 programme, and supported by Imaginate, are our ANATOMINI events — presenting performance art in a safe, comfortable event for the under 5s. Proceeding from the understanding that young humans have a tremendous appetite and fascination with the weird and abstract, the ANATOMINI matinees provide an opportunity for wee ‘uns to experience performance not normally presented to them in a soothing environment (with plenty of colour and bean bags).
As well as these events, we will be doing a retrospective event in the spring at a larger venue and for a bigger audience. Drawing upon some of the highlights and head scratchers of the last five years, this will be an exciting retrospective to relive or catch-up on some of the black chaos and rainbow sparkles that have fallen on our stage. Look out for further details to be released soon.
Finally, we will be embarking upon a producing partnership with Garvald Performance Workshop. Garvald Edinburgh is a Scottish Charity offering creative opportunities and support for people with learning disabilities. We will be helping them produce a performance piece to be shown at one of our forthcoming events. Stay tuned for further details.
As with our previous year, all of our events will have full BSL interpretation, and this year we also have increasecd funds to support broader accessibility.
Don’t touch that dial!