She currently teaches at Lewes College working with Physical Theatre Techniques, GCSE, A/S and A
Level Dance. In addition, Anna is Tutor Consultant for Dance at the University of Sussex.
Director of the Youth Dance Company 'Firts Edition' formed for a Brighton Festival choregraphic commission in 1992. Members of the company are now in professional trinig at LCDT, Laban Centre, etc. . The company worked at the SNDO, Amsterdam in 1993 with Greg Nash to create a new piece for repertory and plan to apply for funding for a Laurie Booth commission. They have performed in a wide variety of venues in the South East including the Gadner Centre Brighton, Christ Hospital, horsham and the Royal Festival Hall - 'Ballrom Blitz'. They were invited to School (Faculty included Flemimg and Vivi Flindt) teaching rep. work and presenting an evening's performance. The latest performance work, "Snow on Water" has been entered for a national youth company competition.
Chair of th Laban Guild and co-director of this organisation's dance panel running an
internationally successful Community Dance Teachers Trainnig Scheme. Stage II of this scheme
will be piloted by the suffolk Dance Agency, April 1994.
Tutor-consultant for Dance on the MA degree 'Language, the Atrs and Education',
University of Sussex. Annual choregraphic masterclasses are a feature of this consultancy.
Member of SE Arts Working Party researching Youth Dance in the county.
Member of the Brighton Dance Agency working to the up a National Choregraphic Centre.
Their recent choregraphic project,'Sussex Steps' is designed to encourage work by local young
choregraphers to be premiered at the Gardner Center Theatre, Sping 1994.
European and Scandinavian Comissions
She has conducted and taught on workshops and summer schools in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Northern and Southern Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Anna directed a four-week choregraphic residency, summer 1993, at Danshuis, Copenhagen, for young choregraphers. This pilot project has now developed into an annual event with a commission for Autumn 1995 to work on a longer choregraphic project.
Oxford University SEG GCSE: commissions to choregraphi set Technical Solo: 1989-1992.
Brighton Festival : 'the Berlin Wall' 1990: 'Spin The Spring', 1991: 'Danses Sacrees et
Profanes' in collaboration with the Musicians of All saints Orchestra 1992: 'Smash Hit' 1993.
Berenice : A new opera in collaboration with composer, Ric Graebner and visual artist
Larry Wakefield at the Turner Sims Theatre, Southampton University 1993. Plans to take this work
to France and the Edinburgh Festival are under discussion.
"Critical Approaches to the Green Table" choregraphy Kurt Jooss, 1932. Unpublished MA Thesis in Library of University of Sussex, 1985.
"The Dynamic Image : Changing Perspectives in Dance Education" P. Abbs ed. in "Living Powers:
Towards a coherent Arts Education" Falmer Press 1986.
"Key Concepts in Aesthetics" ed. Trevor Pateman - Falmer Press 1989.
Editor: Southern Dance Teachers Association Dance Magazine 1983-1989.
Other Relevant Professional Post and Experience
Dr Peter Abbs
University of Sussex
Brighton, E Sussex
7 St Anne's Crescent Lewes
E Sussex BN7 1SB
Head of Education
Arts Council of Great Britain
14 Great Peter Street,
London SW1P 3NQ