On the Couch with Anna Seymour

Anna Seymour Arts Review On the CouchWho is Anna Seymour?
I am a contemporary dancer. I also am a casual high school English teacher. I am based in Melbourne where I have been living for the last 10 years. I was born in Lismore, Northern NSW.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be a surfer – which has a lot in common with dancing more then you think. The rhythm, flow, demand of presence and the disorientation.

Who inspires you and why?
The women AND the men in my family. I have been really lucky to be raised in a family who value education, communication and love. We grew up next to the ocean and were were always at the beach and going camping. Nature inspires me for its beauty. My partner’s intelligence and curiosity and he always makes me laugh.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I was born profoundly Deaf and I would dedicate more time to my Deaf community, especially Deaf children and Deaf women. I would join the fight to make Auslan (Australian Sign Language) compulsory in schools. I also believe in doing small favours for other people that would go a long way in easing the daily load for them such as cooking them dinner when they are tired and busy.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Finland and Croatia are my favourite places in Europe. Finland is a magical place – imagine going for a walk in the forest at 3am and it’s still bright daylight, or sitting naked in a sauna lit by a wood fire in the middle of the forest and skinny dipping in the lakes! Croatia has an incredible coastline and the islands are just gorgeous. I travelled alone in Turkey for two weeks last August and fell in love with the place, the people and food. But nothing can beat Byron Bay, NSW. It’s where I grew up, my family is there and the beaches are the best!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Naked for Satan because of the superb city views. I’d take them for a drive to the Hot Springs at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula.

What are you currently reading?
Knausgaard’s My Struggle series.

What are you currently listening to?
The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel. On mute. Forever 😉 Being profoundly Deaf, I can’t hear anything at all. However, my partner has music on all the time at our place, I think he loves that he can play anything he likes and gets to sing badly.

Happiness is?
All sweaty in a dance class. Being at the beach.

What does the future hold for you?
I am just about to perform Under My Skin for The Delta Project (a dance company I helped to co-found which employs Deaf and hearing dancers and actors) in Next Wave Festival. I am starting a new project with KAGE called Out of Earshot in May. I’ve got a few other projects coming up later in the year including dancing in a dance film and a play for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Just more dancing, collaborating and creating!

Under My Skin plays at the 2016 Next Wave Festival at Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall: 5 – 8 May. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au or 2016.nextwave.org.au for details.

Image: Anna Seymour