Anna Barker

Anna Barker

Modern Dance | Durham

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“My goal as an artist is to invite audiences to view everyday life through the lens of modern dance.” Durham-based Anna Barker choreographs works that explore the human condition through relatable and shared experiences. She uses movement and body language to express perceptions of success and failure, and to decipher human interactions and relationships. By actively engaging the viewer through familiar and everyday experiences, she ensures that her modern dance performances create an intimate connection between her and the audience.  

Barker says that her works “…draw from our shared experience to create an exchange about our inherent social and interpersonal existence”. This shared experience is the impetus behind Anna’s creative process. She also collaborates with other artists, integrating text, theater, and music into her works. Her genuine interest in actively promoting modern dance as an accessible means for expression and connection illustrates her interest in “bridging the gap between dance as a formal medium and the lived experience of routine physicality.”

She is a 2018-2019 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient. The Artistic Director and choreographer/performer for in Durham, she has choreographed and performed works at the American Dance Festival, Living Arts Collective, and Motorco Music Hall, among other venues. In 2017, she was awarded the Durham Arts Council Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Grant. Barker received her B.F.A. in Modern Dance and a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University (2009, 2010).