CDI (Cuny Dance Initiative) Arts & Social Justice Residency at Brooklyn College and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2021-22)
Disabled Artist Space Grant (2019-21)
Born deaf and raised hearing, Anna Gichan (she/her) is a dancer and emerging artist exploring the stark differences of sound realities between her hearing aids off and on. Her work started with lip drawings mimicking the experience of lip-reading, a video depicting sharply cut ocean sounds and now a performance incorporating principles of DeafSpace, which “address the five major touch points between deaf experiences and the built environment: space and proximity, sensory reach, mobility and proximity, light and color, and acoustics”. Focusing on an awareness of lights, color, reflections, and vibrations in spaces she will be giving people the chance to step into a world of reflections and vibrations felt from unseen moving bodies. Most recently Anna was awarded a Gallim Moving Women Residency to develop seeds for this new work after just returning from a site specific dance project in Greece based on the mythology of Circe where Anna performed inside the dramatic and epic Drogarati Cave under the direction of Jenn Rose, re-inspiring Anna to return to the power of sharing experiences. Anna grew up living by Helen Keller’s words “The most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart”. As a child she wore this quote everyday engraved on a small silver bracelet that her mother gave her. It served as a key to dream up a world where others regularly shared a similar sensory experience with her, deaf experiences. Her aim is to share her deaf experiences with others so that another deaf child like her may not feel as isolated as she did in hearing centered educational and art spaces. Her hope is that with the power of knowledge of deaf culture, deaf experiences, and disability culture a deaf child’s community can therefore be able to provide appropriate access needs to support the child’s social, mental, and emotional growth. Anna graduated from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts (BFA, Dance) and studied a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She loves climbing, handstands, motorcycle riding, and the sound of water in dark spaces.