Anna Barker is a choreographer and performer based in Durham, North Carolina. She attended Durham School of the Arts high school and spent many summers at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival. After spending 10 years dancing in Philadelphia and New York City, Anna relocated back to her hometown and founded her dance theater company, real.live.people, with collaborator Leah Wilks. The company premiered their debut, “it’s not me it’s you” in 2014 in Durham. After touring this work in the Northeast, and then across the state of North Carolina with the North Carolina Dance Festival, Anna premiered “Feature Presentation” at the Living Arts Collective in 2016. Two years later, Anna presented her larger group work about failure “Again, but this time with feeling”, in 2018. After receiving a fellowship from the NC Arts Council, Anna produced her first feature-length dance film “Level Up”, which premiered in Durham NC in September 2021 and is part of ADF’s “Movies by Movers” festival
Anna has presented work as part of the American Dance Festival, Duke Performances, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, APAP NYC, The North Carolina Dance Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, WAXworks at Triskelion Arts, among others. She was awarded the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship for 2018-2019, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council in 2019. Anna recently opened a Pilates private practice called “The Movement Studio” at Radical Healing in Durham.