Tin Man: Joss Arnott Dance (2022 premiere)

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:

Head Above Water: Joss Arnott Dance (2020 premiere)

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:

Carolyn Bolton (2019)

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.

Dutch National Ballet Choreographic Academy Work Session (2019)

Anna was a panel member for a work session on Music and Dance at Dutch National Ballet in June 2019.

CUE (2018) : Malgorzata Dzierzon

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)

Rambert Music Fellowship 2016/17

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


With choreographer Peter Leung, 2016

Imaginary Situations (2017) : Julie Cunningham

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.

Solo Matter (2017) : Carolyn Bolton

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.

Cohan Collective (2016) / Citizens of Nowhere (2017) : Dane Hurst

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.

Liam Giacuzzo, Alice Laidler and Dane Hurst. Image by Pari Naderi

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)

Eleanor Stevenson, Zunnur Sazali and Liam Giacuzzo. Image by Claire Shovelton 2017
Print | Sitemap
Website © Anna Appleby 2023. Images © Merchant Sinfonia and Alex Gascoine by Ian Watson, choreographer Carolyn Bolton by Roberto Cinconze, Citizens of Nowhere (with choreographer Dane Hurst and dancers Liam Giacuzzo, Alice Laidler, Eleanor Stevenson and Zunnur Sazali) by Pari Naderi and Claire Shovelton, Anna Appleby by Mike Plunkett, Lore Lixenberg and Gweneth Ann Rand by Claire Shovelton and designer Sarah Booth, The Sunday Boys by Guðbjörg Ágústsdóttir, conductor Tom Goff by Anna Appleby, Citizens of Nowhere (with Ann Wilkes, Emma Wheeler and Helen Lacey) by Claire Shovelton.