Brandy Leary

Brandy Leary creates contemporary performances through the body with an artistic practice informed by dance, martial arts, ritual, circus, and theatre. Her works have been produced and performed in Canada, Europe, India, the Arctic, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums, art galleries and isolated landscapes. She is active in the community as a performer, choreographer, collaborator, curator and Artistic Director of Anandam Dancetheatre. The work she develops holds considerations about the transmission of embodied knowledge; of performance architectures, cultural viewpoints, and customs of audience/performer relationships. Her work has been called “phenomenological investigations” (Canadian Theatre Review) and “embodied hallucinatory, dreamlike states (NOW Magazine, Fran Schechter),   She has lived between Canada and India for the past 18 years; training, collaborating and creating (both explicitly and implicitly) in the traditional Indian performing languages of Seraikella and Mayurbhanj Chhau (dance), Kalarippayattu (martial art) andRope Mallakhamb (aerial rope). In Canada she works with western approaches to aerial rope, post contemporary dance/circus practices and embodied improvisation to create performances.