Brandy creates contemporary performances through the body. Her work has been produced in Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums and isolated landscapes. She holds a BA Honours in Theatre with a specialization in Direction and Asian Theatre from York University's Theatre Program.
Brandy has lived between Canada and India for the past 17 years training, collaborating and creating 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, the bridge discipline of Axis Syllabus, post contemporary dance/circus practices and psychic/shamanistic explorations to create works that are interested in site specific and non-traditional audience/performer relationships based in ritual and participatory structures.
She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects (www.anandam.ca) and is its Artistic Director. She is a founder and Co-Director of Collective Space (an alternative performance and rehearsal venue in Toronto’s west end) and is a Founder and Co-Artistic Director of CCAFT (Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto). Brandy is a triple Shastri Indo Canadian Fellow, a Chalmers Professional Development Awardee, has been twice shortlisted for the KM Hunter Award in Dance 2009 and 2011, is a 2013 Multi-Disciplinary Dance Artist Nominee for the Soulpepper Dance Awards and has had her work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Hal Jackman Foundation, CreatiVenture Collective, Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation the Toronto Arts Council and Nuit Blanche.
photo: Greg Wong