Brandy Leary


Brandy Leary creates contemporary performances through the body. Active as a performer, creator, collaborator and curator in the fields of dance and circus, she is the artistic director of Anandam Dancetheatre. Her performance works have been produced and performed in Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and the United States in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums, art galleries and isolated landscapes.

She has lived between Canada and India for the past eighteen years training, collaborating and creating (both explicitly and implicitly) in the traditional Indian performing languages of Seraikella and Mayurbhanj Chhau (dance), Kalarippayattu (martial art) and Rope Mallakhamb (aerial rope). In Canada she works with western approaches to aerial rope, post contemporary dance/circus practices and psychic/shamanistic explorations to create performances.

Brandy is a founder and Co-Director of Collective Space (an alternative performance and rehearsal venue in Toronto’s west end), founder and Co-Artistic Director of CCAFT (Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto), developer of Anandam’s Audience In Residence Program and curator/co-producer of the Body Brake series at Theatre Passe Muraille and co curator of  the new Contemporaneity series with Soraya Peerbaye. 

Brandy Leary's Work

We Speak

By Brandy Leary

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a prolific interdisciplinary dance artist whose work is vast – integrating different approaches and mediums, layering accumulations of liveness, objects and digital/sonic practices to create multi-dimensional offerings. Now based in northern Ontario, Linklater hails from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska.


Melting, Mourning and a Series of Impossible Tasks

By Brandy Leary

In June of 2017 Brandy Leary was part of The Arctic Circle’s Summer Solstice Expedition. She reflects on this residency program, which brings together international artists, scientists, architects and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating locations aboard an ice-class tall ship (Antigua). The residency takes place in the international territory of Svalbard, a mountainous Arctic archipelago just ten degrees from the North Pole.