Anya Allegra Saugstad

 
CURRENT PROJECTS

Mentorship with made in bc

for an new site specific work Ocean Roaring 

MPC collab

Currently working with Mount Pleasant Collective as a dancer and choreographer for music videos. 

Falling Still

A dance work in progress. 

 

Showing at OpenStage at The Dance Centre May 2 and 3 2021. 

Guest Choreographer at SFU

Commissioned to create a new work 'Night Storms' for Simon Fraser University.  

 

January 2021.

 

Biography

Anya Saugstad is a dancer and choreographer based in Vancouver BC, living and

working on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh' (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəyə̓ m

(Musqueam) First Nations.

 

Anya trained at ArtsUmbrella, and holds a BFA with honours in Dance from Simon Fraser University. In addition, she has trained with San Fransisco Conservatory of Dance, and with The Performance Research Project under the mentorship of Lesley Telford. Anya has danced with Inverso Productions under the direction of Lesley Telford, and interned with Vanessa Goodman and her company Action at a Distance, and with Amber Funk Barton. Using dance, sound, light, and stage design, she is interested in expressing the untamed self and is pushing to create intimate worlds on stage and in public which reveal honesty and rage. She is interested in telling womens stories through vigorous and exhausting movement, and pushing the boundaries of performance. Anya has choreographed works for Simon Fraser University, Youth In Motion (Shadbolt Arts Centre), Bloom (Mascall Dance), Vines Art Festival, SplitScreen (Boombox), and F-O-R-M Film Festival. She also works closely as a choreographer and dancer for Mount Pleasant Collective, in creating music videos and films. 

Artist Statement 
Anyas work is often inspired by the world she dreams about; removed, intimate, often empty, chaotic, or exhausting. She creates to let herself and others arrive somewhere else. 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. 

Choreographic works 

 
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falling Still
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dear ocean roaring
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jungle
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almost ghost
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Away
 
 
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