Anna Sulan Masing
Anna Sulan Masing is a UK based director and producer, she founded the arts collective behind the bikeshed, and is an associate artist of Saltpeter. Anna enjoys exploring stories about lives and journeys and am interested in the relationships, between performers and audience and space.
Anna’s interests lie in performance art and in post-colonial feminism, with issues surrounding migration, identity and home and belonging.
Anna is in the last stretch of her practice based PhD. Her final PhD performance, From The Jungle, was a movement based piece, was an exploration and was developed through the language of the performance practices of Iban women, in particular the dancing and a style of performance poetry known as pantun. The Iban performance practice has migrated from the jungle, to urban areas, and globally, and the identity of that practice has developed as the locations have changed. Much like the women performing them. The Iban are an indigenous tribe of Borneo.
These journeys of identity through spaces and exploring the un-researched field of Iban women’s performance, has a particular interest to Anna, as she is half Iban and spent the first part of her childhood in Borneo. This is an investigation of personal importance, which has wider consequences in understanding the world we live in.
Anna questions how does identities change when space and location change? The identity of the performance and of the performer.