The Anunnaki Project Programs
The Cabiri performance troupe was formed as theatrical emissaries of The Anunnaki Project. The troupe appears at festivals and events throughout the region, including: Burien Arts-A-Glow, Arts In Nature Festival, Burien Strawberry Festival, DaVinci Days Festival, Circus of Dreams, Kirkland Uncorked, and the Moisture Festival. Major self-produced events include: “Gods of the Night,” “Carpathian Dawn," "Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God" and our annual "Ghost Game" Halloween dessert theater cabaret, now in its seventh year.
The Anunnaki Project sponsors multiple forms of education in performing arts, including workshops in mask-making, character development, physical theater, and aerial dance. We offer a regular series of four- to eight-week classes in Beginning Trapeze, Aerial Dance Improvisation, Aerial Sling, and Fire Dancing.
Apprentice Training Program
We offer an apprentice program for prospective troupe members, and provide formal training for up-and-coming aerialists and physical theater performers in the techniques we use to bring to life the unique characters in our productions.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2012, over 1,000 people attended “Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God” and “The Ghost Game: Beneath a Wing-Darkened Sky.” In spring 2009, we implemented a formal outreach program, visiting schools and neighborhood groups to connect with the community. Our workshops and classes are well attended by members of the community who want to take part in arts and cultural activities. In the last three years our attendance has grown from one class a week for 12 students to four classes a week with 12 to 16 students per class.
In 2012, the Anunnaki Project was admitted to 501 Commons Springboard Program for arts organizations, and is in the process of finalizing and implementing its 3-year strategic plan. In 2013, the Anunnaki Project presented its first repertory production, "Gods of the Night," and will also present the first installment of the much-anticipated T.E.A. Trilogy with "Tewaz" in August. Parts two and three of the trilogy will be presented in 2014 and 2015.
Of particular note, since we became incorporated in 2000, the organization has never operated under a financial deficit, nor do we have any outstanding funds owed to independent contractors or vendors. In our 13-year history, we have experienced steady linear growth of 10-15% each year, and 2010 marked our first year exceeding $100,000 in total income (not including in-kind donations).