Anna was commissioned by Joss Arnott dance company to compose their ballet Tin Man with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England. It was performed live with Psappha in Spring 2022. You can watch the official trailer below:
Anna has been commissioned by Joss Arnott dance company for their 10th Anniversary tour with funding from the PRS Foundation and Arts Council England. You can watch a trailer about their collaboration below:
Coming Soon from Joss Arnott Dance on Vimeo.
Anna was commissioned by Carolyn Bolton to create two electronic pieces for OperaEstate Festival in Bassano del Grappa, premiered on 21st and 22nd August 2019.
Anna was a panel member for a work session on Music and Dance at Dutch National Ballet in June 2019.
Anna collaborated with choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon to create a 15-minute piece for Motion and Meaning as part of St Hilda's College, Oxford's 125th Anniversary celebrations. This piece, CUE, was commissioned by Dansox to be performed by Ensemble Klang and dancers Piedad Albarracin Seiquer and Liam Riddick in July 2018.
Motion and Meaning Review (July 2018)
Anna was composer-in-residence, or Music Fellow, with Rambert Dance Company for a year in 2016/17. She blogged about her experiences and you can read these blogs below:
Blog 1: Perpetual Movement
Blog 2: What Makes Good Music for Dance?
Blog 3: Q&A
Blog 4: Five Pieces
Imaginary Situations is a 47-minute electronic track using samples of the South Bank which Anna created to accompany Julie Cunningham & Company's Rambert-commissioned performance your ten thousand eyes on the roof of the Southbank Centre in August 2017. It was performed 6 times.
As part of Anna's residency as Rambert Music Fellow in 2016/17, she worked with dancer/choreographer Carolyn Bolton to create a solo for Mbulelo Ndabeni. The result is an immersive electronic track that accompanies Ndabeni. It was performed at the National Theatre River Stage in August 2017.
Anna was a composer in residence at the Cohan Collective in 2016/17, working with four choreographers including Dane Hurst, for whom she went on to write an opera, Citizens of Nowhere.
This opera-ballet initially grew out of workshops that Dane Hurst and Anna Appleby had participated in at the Cohan Collective in 2016. Citizens of Nowhere is the end result of that collaboration. The opera-ballet had two preview performances at Rambert and at Ignition Dance Festival, before being premiered in full with conductor Simon Robertshaw at RADA Studios in August 2017 as part of Tête à Tête Opera Festival. The production was funded by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts, Sheila Forbes CBE and crowdfunding.
Tête à Tête Review (August 2017)
Ignition Dance Festival Review (June 2017)
CITIZENS OF NOWHERE from Tête à Tête on Vimeo.