Anya Saugstad

Dance Artist

'Anya and Artists' work and create on the unceeded territory of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh' (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Ssleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueum) First Nations Territory. They create live, digital, and site adaptive performance works that foster space for emerging femme artists to tell their stories through movement. Anya is interested in creating vigorous and physically exhausting choreographic stories that express rage, strength, and urgency. Anya and Artists just completed a tour of ‘Ocean Roaring’ to Galliano, Nanaimo, and Bowen Island. Anya has created work for ArtsUmbrella, LamonDance, and Simon Fraser University. Anya’s work has been presented through The Scotiabank Dance Center, The Rotary Center for the Arts, F-O-R-M film Festival, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Vines Art Festival as well as self presented works and performances. Anya received the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award in 2023/2024 for her work ‘Paper Mountains’.