Anya Anastasia

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SINGER • SONGWRITER • ENTERTAINER Anya Anastasia is an accomplished songstress who crafts performances with theatricality, flair, musicality, comedy, and above all- originality. She is an Australian Adelaide-based writer, but as a performer she travels across the globe. In 2012 with support from ARTS SA, she toured with her solo cabaret show, “The Upside Down Girl” to the Prague Fringe Festival, and performed in Berlin, London, Melbourne and at the Adelaide Fringe. This year in March, she ran an arts and cabaret festival in the hills, called The Hills Secret Garden. Anya has released two albums, and written/performed in a number of shows, which have showcased at festivals in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Her show “Violet Rapscallion: A Stray Cabaret” received 5 stars in the Advertiser during the 2010 Adelaide Fringe. Her performance troupe Bird Wizdom sold out shows in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Fringe festival (2010 & 2011), the Feast festival, and toured to the Dunedin Fringe Festival (NZ). More recently as a solo performer Anya’s show was a great success at the Prague Fringe, a festival curated by director and theatre enthusiast Steve Gove. Anya Anastasia’s unique blend of cabaret weaves together mischievous social satire, imaginative tales, heart-felt and thought-provoking songs, and a big splash of comedy. Her quirky lyrics, irreverence and wit are always a feature of the shows, which are stitched delicately together, and laced with an “other-worldly” theatrical atmosphere. Her voice could be placed somewhere in between Kate Bush and Regina Spektor, influenced by the music of Weimar Berlin Cabaret, and the likes of the Dresden Dolls and Tom Waits. Combined with the lyrical playfulness of Dr Seuss, and a visual aspect that could place her comfortably in a Tim Burton film, Anya is a mixture of many things and yet definitely something entirely of her own. *****
“Forget commercial comedy and half-baked theatrics. This is Fringe at its wild and spunky best.“
“Adelaide’s ambitious Bird Wizdom is easily the oddest and most beguiling act to emerge in a long time… this is an extraordinary debut from a remarkable talent.”
- THE SUNDAY MAIL “Devilishly intriguing vocalist Anya McNicol-Windram weaves blackly-humoured tragic-comic tales over crazy keyboards as if she were the carnival raised offspring of Tom Waits and Cabaret’s Sally Bowles.”