& Sunny Matharu
10 was a delightfully powerful exploration of the feminine that
achieved a spontaneous and synchronistic celebratory vibe. It was a
priviledge to soak it in as a member of the audience.
Candour, Vancouver artivist
was like jumping into a pool of moonlight and resurfacing shinier and
more colourful than before. It was a magical treat from start to finish
and I still pinch myself every time I think about it. The concept and
execution were pure brilliance. During the performance I felt a stream
of creation bubble up and turn into a river, and then a delta, and then
an ocean. And then I felt the whole lot of us, performers,
technicians and theatre mice, get carried away into the mytsic. True to
the theme of mother, ANU day was born.
Petersen (aka Salmon Avalanche)
Such a beautiful night it was! I truly enjoyed this moment of
with awesome artists!!! I look forward to do it again. Great
applause for ANU 10 and Tanya Evanson!
Show was Fantastic. Many times and right from the start I found myself
with electricity running through me. Such beauty makes it easy to leave
the hectic world behind and settle in. What a treat!! Thank You
your Sisters) for a wonderful evening that left me feeling full and
fine. I would have stayed to gush but truly words would not do justice
to what I would try to express and would just bring me back to the
spoken plane sooner. I enjoy revelling in silent good feeling
such a gift. I suppose if I could have given you all a big silent hug
that would convey it. In a sense though, I guess that is what happened
for all of us there. Connection in that moment.
I really enjoyed watching the two
taking shape... and the mix of cultural sounds listening to each other
and learning to find ways into and out of each others rhythms and beats.
Lynne Griffiths, Visual Artist
my humble opinion, ANU 10 The Mother, stayed true to the concept as
were the nine before it. It was lively and flowing in creativity and
vibrant energy. I loved the way the participants were feeding off and
feeding each other. It was a beautiful presentation. Thank you so much
for wonderful dedicated effort to producing these events for the last
ten years. We will miss you but look forward, with excitement to your
coming back in a couple of years!
Much love and blessings Sista!!!
Audience Member (Vocals ANU 8)
My dreams were rich with images sound
and feeling after last night's
Was such an unexpected gift and
pleasure to make music with all of you.
Viola & Laptop ANU 9
was such a great honour to make art with everyone. There were MANY
moments in the rehearsals and show where I found myself moved by the
music, words, dance and painting that you all made. THANKS!!!!
Upright Bass ANU 9
Only time could tell whats next,
awesome idea. Unique
celebration of talent and fusion. Keep the fire burning, they shall
seek the warmth.
was a brilliant performance... My compliments to [the Artistic
Director & Producer] and the entire crew of musicians, dancers,
Jack Hass, Artist
ANU 9 Audience Member
Wonderful show everyone- Thanks for
the creation, courage and daring that brought it all together!
It was a gift and an honour to
perform. Thanks to my fellow artist[e]s for their spirit and
generosity, and to
Tanya for spinning us all into the web of Anu. May we stay there as
long as it sustains us.
Visual Art ANU 8
It was a wonderfully rich experience.
I appreciate all of the integrity, talent, and warmth that went into
It was my pleasure to work with such
wonderful, wonderful artists in ANU 8, and I would like to say
thank you to all. ... Please allow me to say ... ANU 8 was the
best ANU ever.
Oud ANU 8 (Musician ANU 1-ANU 9)
Thank you all for such an inspired
evening. It was a pleasure to see and hear us all working together.
Dance ANU 8
I was touched by everyone’s
kindness and creativity.
Tabla ANU 8
I had an incredible time!! Very
Trumpet ANU 8
WOW! What a awesome project to be a
part of! Thanks to everyone who performed and created. There were many
during the rehearsals and performances when I felt such excitement and
inspiration from the music and the art and the dance. It's been a while
since I've felt that so strongly. It really was an honour to be part of
such great creation made with all you talented people! My creative
batteries have been recharged in a big way. Yippee!
Upright Bass ANU 8
The performance was phenomenal.
Chemistry amongst the artists was apparent and invigorating;
particularly with respect to the vocals and musicians! One
had a true
sense of being immersed in what was taking place on stage.
It was satiating and highly delectable!
Jasura Toronto, ON
ANU 8 Audience Member
Layers of paintings
Shape of sculptures
A dash of paint
A twist of plastic
of spoken word
the empty canvas
of the stage
Make love to the music
respond to the caress
of a voice
with a hint
ANU 5 Audience Member
thought there was real workability amongst the performers. Giving
everyone room to function is key, and I definitely felt that. Very
door-opening for me; I've long been interested in overlap amongst
different disciplines (such as feeling influenced by visual art as a
composer), but this was several steps beyond, and I appreciate it. I
think it's functioning well and don't see any requirement for
ANU 5 Audience Member
on the show. It was daring, symbolic and many beautiful moments. I also
loved how you had used plastic sheets in the play of light and
movements and as mediums of sculpture and canvases. Very symbolic and
powerful messages. Congratulations to all the other artists too.
Azarm, Visual Artist
ANU 5 Audience Member
When I was dancing I
kept surprising myself, playing with acting and reacting, following the
music, listening hard to it and letting it translate itself through my
movement. At times I would lose my flow, become slightly uncomfortable,
slightly self-conscious, I kept reminding myself not to judge, a
difficult thing when one is so accustomed to a highly structured
environment. It was wonderful to feel that my movement was affecting
all the others and at the same time they were affecting me. Whether
they were playing, painting, singing, dancing, speaking or just
observing, the energy and the tension and the freedom we felt
encouraged a pure expression, instinctive reactions.
As always, this year's
ANU IV was a cosmic experience where I really felt like we
externalized the internal jihad that is ongoing in all of us. We
became a mirror of the world in all its beauty and ego-ugliness. The
director tested us
further this time by adding new twists like having all stringed
instruments playing together for example, or flashing the light on us
so that just as we step to the mic the light disappears. Also, having
the lights on all artists at once was a new test in learning to be
silent when the soundscape is already full.
Word/Vocals/Dance ANU 2-ANU 4
My intention was to create a
reflection of the diptych:
seduction and evolution, with three obvious progressions from top to
bottom, cool to hot. Unable to perceive these distinctive sections, I
decided to move through the canvas organically, guided by the intensity
and nuance of sound.
excited and motivated to give it my best attention.
white canvas was a pleasure to dive into. Hot red was the colour to
frame it in. I worked kinetically from the bottom up, with cool blues
crossing into green, then yellow, orange and eventually red, then back
into dark blues and purples to begin the next layer the following night.
stretched my body to match the energy in the room. And I
of room. Adding white gave me space to pull back and move over the
canvas landscape again and again, dabbing swirls and dots of pinks and
silvery blues to highlight my marks as I moved up, then down and up
again and around, as the sound swelled.
and wondering what shapes would form, needing
craving structure, yet relishing a freedom form and feeling the sounds
with the words giving pictures. Circles and dots became my marks,
touching staccato-like to the rhythms surrounding me, entering my body.
harp stirred and hummed me into graceful
Leanne’s smooth warm words connected and tantalized me with her
vignettes of erotic experience. I laughed. Kagan amplified the
thoughtlessness of popular culture, lyrics building lies in my youth.
Stories of his damaged innocence angered me. With “sexing the
cherry” I dove into red, and I wanted to cover my entire canvas
with it. Carl’s conga licks rippled through me in an upwards
spiral. Amir’s sitar hummed gently behind me, supporting me.
Corrine’s sax and Laura’s voice melted me. Mercifully,
Salome approached and seduced my yellow soaked brush leaving the left
side of my canvas strangely warm… The symphony of sounds rose up
and up and I saw the circle full of dancers, and I danced and wept in
the final moments of our ecstatic evolution. Suddenly the lights went
down. But I could never be finished."
Art ANU 5
about ANU. What can I
say? First off, thank you
Jabbar, for giving me this rich learning
opportunity. It was a great proving ground for me as a director.
project had an
incredibly diverse and talented cast,
numerous mediums, disciplines, ages and nationalities. The public was
given a rare opportunity to see some of the Lower Mainland’s
highest calibre musicians and most progressive dancers, spoken word
performers and visual artists together in a one-of-a-kind cultural
event never to be repeated.
person without any musical training, I was challenged
understand how music works, and how different musical instruments, most
importantly percussion, become essential in the creation of music. I
found the musicians to be fantastic teachers and inspirational leaders.
was very fortunate that the project attracted
artists and performers. I relied implicitly on their experience and
intuitive skill in lieu of formal choreography, script or musical
score. I believe that, for a large part, this was as a result of being
able to pay the artists for their efforts, and being able to bring back
performers from previous years. In my opinion this helped to foster an
atmosphere of professionalism and mutual respect between the performers
learned a great deal about the importance of
lighting, which will no doubt help me in my own professional growth as
a live event director and producer. The Roundhouse has great facilities
and it’s staff were very patient and understanding with me in
I’m not sure
that we were completely successful
topic of sex. Post performance, it was suggested that
“desire” was actually a more appropriate title for the
piece. I found it very difficult to develop a way of focusing each
artist’s creative process, without transposing my own thoughts
and biases. This would likely be as a result of my own
inexperience as a director.
I think that the audience was less concerned
and theme, and more intrigued by performance and sensory stimulus.
rehearsal and the performance were completely
experiences. Each performer left with different attitudes and opinions
about their own parts and about the performances in general. While the
consensus would seem to indicate that most artists felt more connected
during dress rehearsal, the handful of people who came to see both
shows said that the main performance was tighter and ended on a more
positive, energetic note.
outcome for the audience was dynamic and
mesmerizing. Not a
moment went by without something happening, whether it was a crescendo
with all instruments playing at once, or a more subdued instance where
perhaps just one dancer and a maybe a visual artist played off of each
other’s actions and gestures.
placing the audience in the performance space
and certainly affects the way the performers approached their work.
was seeing several members of the
willingly drawn into the centre stage and dancing in the
“finale”. Considering the subject matter, I had wanted the
audience to leave feeling connected to the performance and the other
people around them (and I had prompted the dancers to try to make this
happen) but the uncertain nature of improv doesn’t always allow
for this interaction, and I’m sure that this wouldn’t have
been successful in the dress rehearsal the night before, or perhaps
again in the future if the conditions were to be duplicated."
Spoken Word ANU 4, Director
Now, through the years of respect and love that the
artists have for
each other, it is hard to create war for the ease and love shines
through it all. And that being said, the exercise of War does work.
the wind sounds worked together, the strings, the
speech and movement showed a weaving.
parts were brought in and the intensity of
over, even that revealed the inherent harmony of all.
was a sound that was almost crippling in its
fractioning, but the resonance took you further into the noise of
vibrations opened areas previously undiscovered and
And that is
because, usually people run away at that point.
not stay to allow the process to complete itself.
curled up upon the floor in impotency is what we
generally do. Such an authentic motion.
gift was the ability to
come out the other side.
survived!!!! We can survive our single visions and work
peace. The stillness after was exquisite.
superb artists should know that this process
is..... and love is revealed in our differences and
resilient and only love is left. You all showed that!
Thank you, and all of
you, for your willingness to unite in the unknown
and to be shown the way by being Present.
Always in the light
of Spirit with you.
Gray, Visual Artist
ANU 4 Audience Member