ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Anna Barker
June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Anna Barker.
Anna Barker is a choreographer based in Durham, NC. She is the Artistic Director of Real.Live.People.Durham. The company had their local debut in November 2014, presenting “It’s not me it’s you” at Motorco Music Hall. Anna is a Durham native, and relocated back to her hometown two years ago, after 10 years of dancing in New York City & Philadelphia. Anna has shown work as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters- APAP (New York City), WAXworks at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), at Dance New Amsterdam (Manhattan), the New York Film School, and locally at Elsewhere Collaborative (Greensboro), the ArtsCenter (Carrboro), The Carrack (Durham), the American Dance Festival’s Local Look & Listen (Durham) and Carolina Friends School (Chapel Hill). Anna is currently a performing member of dance companies VECTOR and R.A.D. When she isn’t dancing, Anna is a Pilates Instructor at Studio East 54 in Chapel Hill, NC.
In the “Here and Now” concert, Real.Live.People.Durham presents excerpts from the full-length work, it’s not me it’s you. In this quirky and theatrical dance work, Anna Barker and collaborator Leah Wilks explore how expectations in relationships, often precipitated by misunderstandings and stigmas, result in compartmentalization, recalibration, and the need to reevaluate and relinquish our presumptions. Through the combination of movement, music, text, humor and theater, Barker draws from our shared experience to create an exchange about our uncertainty in social and interpersonal relationships. “it’s not me it’s you” dives into the discomfort and awkwardness that often accompanies falling in love, lust, or like, and the repercussions that follow.
I am very excited and honored to represent the rapidly growing and evolving dance community in North Carolina. When I returned to my native Durham two years ago, after 10 years of dancing and living in Philadelphia and New York City, I was surprised and profoundly impressed at the level of dance-making that was happening in the local community. I am thrilled to see such talent in my hometown, and to see such opportunity for independent dance artists to create, collaborate, successfully self-produce, and to generally thrive in an up-and-coming dance scene.
Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more information.