As a true collaborative, the work we create takes ideas and makes something larger than what was possible with individuals. The sum is greater than the parts.
LISA ANITA WEGNER is the creative producer of Mighty Brave Productions, an award-winning multi-media production company. In 2008 she began exploring art video and performance art as therapy. Almost immediately, her work gravitated toward an investigation of Persona and the possibilities of discovering truth through artifice.
Her work has been shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Art Fair, Buddies in Bad Times, and NXNE Festival. Her ventures into large-scale performance installations include the 12-foot "Queen Of The Parade” which was commissioned by Partners in Art for Nuit Blanche 2013.
A theatrical circus artist, ASHLEY HURLOCK has taken the sea to the skies with her mermaid aerial work. Her mermaid body of work explores legend, uncomfortable emotions such as loneliness and isolation, and uses them to build heart wrenching climaxes through unity and acceptance. Hurlock has performed in Cascades by Anandam Dancetheatre, an aerial rope work which was a 2014 Nuit Blanche highlight; was a featured performer at Aer Time; and performed at the Day of Delight, a Clay and Paper Theatre event. (Photo by Dan Huziak.)
BRITTANY HOWLETT is a competitive gymnast-turned circus artist. Since 2010, she has trained in a variety of aerial and ground disciplines across Canada, the U.S., France and Scotland, focusing primarily on static trapeze, duo trapeze and acrobatics. She was a member of the Cirque-ability Adult Performance Team for two years and is currently training under Angola Murdoch in the Cirque-ability Achieve Mentorship program. Performance highlights include Glaciology by Anandam Dancetheatre (Toronto Nuit Blanche 2015); Aer Time (duo trapeze act); Featured Artist at Nuit Rose 2016 (duo trapeze act 'Angles and Curves' with Tanya Herbert). (Photo by Cirque-Ability.)
Akhilanda Collective was founded by Toronto-based artists Tamara Arenovich, Ray Cammaert, Ashley Hurlock, Mary-Margaret Scrimger and Lisa Anita Wegner.