It’s not often you can hear a horror fan say, “I’m going to check out this interpretive dance piece,” but I hope acts like Anna’s can help open people’s minds to different forms of expression. That’s one of the things I wanted to talk to her about. Anna Yanushkevich is not afraid of going to some very dark places in her work, and the result is that it can be even more effective than the scariest horror film. Her latest show was San Diego’s first Black Mass, which was held back in June. People feel genuine discomfort at this and a lot of her other work, which is why I find it so important. Sadly, she is moving away from San Diego to terrorize the arts community of Northern California, so I knew I had to get her on the podcast before she left. Dammit.
Anna and I ask discuss:
1. Leaving San Diego
2. Who is Anna and what does she do?
3. The genesis of Anna’s art
4. Merging horrific imagery with beauty
5. The importance of classic training
6. The process of choreography
7. Working with the neo-burlesque troupe Pink Boombox
8. Staging San Diego’s first (and last?) Black Mass