Anya Allegra Saugstad
Anya Saugstad is a dancer and choreographer from Vancouver Canada. Anya trained at ArtsUmbrella, and at Simon Fraser University where she received a BFA in dance. Anya has danced professionally with Inverso Productions, and apprenticed with Action at a Distance, and with the response. Through her own choreographic work Anya aims to create intimate, and chaotic worlds using dance, sound, set, costume, and light. Anya is currently working towards a full length dance work, about the double life we often live between failure and success. She works closely with musical composer Stefan Nazerevich, and a collective of performers including Daria Mikhaylyuk, Eowynn Enquist, Katarina Nesic, Maddy Gilbert, and Shion Skye Carter. Her process physically and visually tries to answer questions about who we are as complicated beings, and aims to access and express our untamed selves. Anyas work has been shown through Vines Art Festival, Simon Fraser University, BLOOM, BoomBox, Dance Cafe, and F-O-R-M Film Festival, among others.
Through her work, Anya aims to make worlds similar to those which she dreams about; removed, intimate, often empty, chaotic, or exhausting. Anya uses movement to describe inner thought, and to give voice to what she finds otherwise unexplainable. She creates to let herself and others arrive somewhere else; an obsession with travelling. Her work often pieces together scenes and stories, colliding movement, light, sound, costume and furniture together in one space. She is interested in pushing pre conceived social notions of what "the woman" is and is not, through movement, costume, and story telling. Her process physically and visually tries to answer questions about who we are as complicated beings, and aims to access and express our untamed selves.
Photos by: Brenda Nicole Kent, Anya Saugstad, Yvonne Chew, Paula Viitanen, and Greg Ehlers, Mika Manning