Anairda (Adriana M.Córdova) was born in Ecuador, in a family who loves music and engages with politics. She has written poetry and short tales since she was 13 years old and created folk songs since 16. After three years in the university, she left her studies of Social Communication, to dedicate herself to the arts.
Her experience with Theatre began when she was 9, taking lessons with the Theatre group El Juglar, from Guayaquil. She then progressed to fundamental training for acting in Theatre and TV at the House of Culture Guayasand later with the renowned Ecuadorian actor and director Luis Aguirre Ford. She appeared in the short film “Honorarios” based on a tale from Ecuadorian writer Joseé De la Cuadra. The short won the first prize as amateur film at the ASOCINE's festival 1995. She continued to train with different tutors and groups like Ensamblaje from Colombia and Chekendengue from Uruguay. Anairda discovered Theatre Anthropology in 1995 and chose this as the guiding core of her work on stage. The same year she joined the Chekendengue collective in their tour around the country performing and running workshops.
She progressed to presenting her own music and poetry in local alternative venues, which led to a contact with the sub-culture art group “Zuakata!” She then collaborated with the Spanish guitarist Jesús DeKalle, from the Catalan band "Los DeKalle", singing and song-writing in the metal rock band "Embrión". Later she made Tropical/Latin Rock with the group "Espíritus de Mar".
She was a force in the foundation years of the Guayaquil charity Trato Etico a los Animales (Ethical treatment to the Animals), helping to rescue and feed street animals, whose only destiny at that time was to be burned alive by the Council.
In 1996 she settled in the small coastal town of Montañita, an international surf point. In 1997 she presented her first solo theatre performance "Monster" at El Pelícano's cultural festival and between the years 1997 and 1999 she created a handmade fanzine "Ensalada Mixta" (Mixed Salad) with the Argentinian painter and drummer Santiago Sutton.
During these years she started with some friends the local group “Patas” (Paws) to heal and help street animals. Years later, she collaborated with PAE (Animal Protection Ecuador) in Guayaquil and became part of the movement "Guayaquil Antitaurino" (Guayaquil Anti-bullfighting) in opposition to the opening of a new bullfighting venue in this city.
In 2001, two years after giving birth to her first child, her creative activity recommenced with a commissioned performance of music theatre-dance named “Los 4 elementos" (The 4 elements) created and performed by her and a collective of local artists.
In 2003 her second son was born and she took a longer pause from performances, dedicating her work mainly to painting - from commissioned pieces to her own paintings, community murals and banners for campaigns. She worked for a while with the Ecuadorian company "Uh-Manos", creating Puppet Theatre and music for children with environmental themes.
In 2005 Anairda moved to live in England. There she rapidly became involved with the grassroots movement against Climate Change, participating in groups like Art Not Oil and The Climate Camp. She trained as facilitor with Seeds For Change, worked for several years with the Plymouth Environment Centre and between 2009 and 2015 helped in the formation and steering of the Transition Plymouth initiative. She returned to her artistic path in December 2011, with a theatre début at the "In the Flesh" festival in Plymouth.
During her time in the UK, Anairda has organized community and art events, participated in environmental protests, given talks and workshops on Climate Justice, Consensus, Eco-feminism and Art & Social Change. She sits at the steering groups of the Plymouth Culture & Arts Network and the Plymouth Women's Network. She is the founder and ongoing coordinator of Feminist Fusion, while developing her music and supporting projects related to socially engaged arts.
Anairda is a vegan and follows the indigenous spiritual traditions of America (continent). At present, she lives in the United Kingdom with her two children.
At the secondary school she was awarded the Guayas' Philanthropic Society medal for her selfless work for the student community.
On March 2013, she won the first prize in the National Poetry Competition "Mujer Latinoamericana" (Latin American Woman) by the "Women and Family Commission" of the Ecuadorian Movement in the UK.
This is the video of young artist Betshy Sanchez-Marrugo, as part of her studies of Creative Media, about challenging social injustice. She invited me to feature my work and my philosophy in this project. It was filmed during December 2017, in Plymouth.
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