___________________________________________________________________________________________________


ANU
WE ARE ALL ONE

ANU gathers a dozen established and emerging, contemporary and traditional, multicultural artists from the music, dance, spoken word and visual arts disciplines from one community. Artists come together for a series of rehearsals that lead to a performance of guided improvisation.
 
Each ANU event explores a theme - a symbol to unite the group’s intention to work together. Some past themes include War, Love, Hunger, Survive and The Mother. Each event is a live exercise in unity through spontaneous creation, artistic freedom, intense listening, exploration of a theme, group responsibility and trust. ANU asks: “Can you be yourself with others?”
 
All artists are on stage for the entire event but each artist performs only when their spotlight shines on them and must otherwise hold silence. Artists never know when the light will come or who else will have the light at that moment. The performance is created by the light.
 
ANU was founded by Iraqi-Canadian visual artist Jabbar Al Janabi in 2001 and was inspired by the story of the Sumerian Sky God Anu, whose responsibility is to illuminate the gods so they can create the universe. That idea evolved among the destructive flashes and residues of the Gulf War that Al Janabi experienced in his hometown of Baghdad in the 1990s. What if – in that moment of explosive light – the result could be pure creation, instead of pure destruction? It was those experiences that guided his vision for ANU in the Middle East and Canada; a vision shared with Tanya Evanson in 2008 that continues today.
 
ANU has been presented since 2001 throughout the world:

2017
ANU-Toronto Jabbar Al Janabi (director)
Toronto Canada
2017
ANU-London Repeat Beat Poet (director)
London England
2015
ANU-Banff Tanya Evanson (director)
Banff Canada
2014
ANU-Baghdad
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Baghdad Iraq
2012
ANU 10 THE MOTHER
Tanya Evanson (director) Vancouver Canada
2010
ANU 9 SURVIVE
Tanya Evanson (director) Vancouver Canada
2010
ANU 8 HUNGER
Tanya Evanson (director) Vancouver Canada
2010
ANU-Amman
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Amman Jordan
2009
ANU 7 WITH LOVE FROM IRAQ
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada
2008
ANU 6 LOVE
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada
2006
ANU 5 SEX ON EARTH
S.R. Duncan (director)
Vancouver Canada
2005
ANU 4 WAR?
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada
2003
ANU 3
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada
2002
ANU 2
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada
2001
ANU
Jabbar Al Janabi (director) Vancouver Canada

ANU WEBSITE




 Mother Tongue Media