Anna Vigeland develops and collaborates on interdisciplinary performance projects, working by turns as a performance writer and devisor, director, choreographer, translator, performer, arts facilitator and researcher. Trained as a circus performer, she collaborates across genres.
Recent projects include:
Oo-director, co-initiator with Maja Maletkovic of Spek(c)tacle avec un K, collaborative circus-theatre project /Dom Kulture Čačak (Serbia) & PJE (Montreal)
She's developed and co-developed performance projects including: If dusk tangled with dawn, a collaboration with artists in Greece (Kinitiras, Athens); Inside/Outside: Window (with Serena Gatti), a site-specific project in the Norwegian Arctic Circle (Arctic Cultural Centre, Hammerfest); a short performance developed in a stairwell for Alta Stagione, a micro festival of public performances in private homes (Naples, Italy); three iterations as circus choreographer with sailing political theatre Caravan Stage (Louisiana and Florida); E Se.. (with Serena Gatti) and Incroci for InTeatro Festival (Polverigi, Italy); Corridor-Hallway of Trapezes (Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival); Putishta, a promenade performance created and presented across Bulgaria; most recently, Kafka Lies (in development) with iterations in Serbia and Canada. Research projects include Access Points with International Theatre Institute-Germany/Theater der Welt Festival (Hamburg), and a developing oral history project with former circus performers.
As a performer: credits include Bestiarium (Montreal): The 7 Fingers (touring), Lookingglass Theater (Chicago), Cavalia (touring), Universal Studios Japan (Osaka), Adam and Eve (Antalya, Turkey), Circus Reaction (Tel Aviv), Pendulum (Portland, OR), En Plein Corps (Quebec/France), short events with Franco Dragone Productions/RTP TV2 (Azores Islands), Cirque du Soleil, and Cirque Eloize, as well as multidisciplinary projects with Alto Fragile (Naples, Italy), Livia Marques (Italy), Irina Kundrashova (Italy).
Interested in continual research, Anna has been an artist-in-residence at Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania); TeatrInGestAzione (Naples, Italy); InTeatro (Polverigi, Italy); Dansearena nord (Hammerfest, Norway); Antitesi Circo Teatro (Pontedera, Italy); Yugoslav Drama Theatre (Belgrade, Serbia) and Kinitiras (Athens, Greece). Her projects have been supported by Theatre Communications Group/Global Connections On the Road, International Theatre Institute-Germany ("Artist participation grant" program), Fractured Atlas (Creative Development grant program), ALOFT ("High Res" grant program), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Fascinated by language, Anna has translated show scripts and other texts for circuses, artists, and arts groups and has collaborated on the writing of numerous productions. Committed to catering to the arts, she works as an arts facilitator and coordinator. She’s a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal and the University of Massachusetts, was the first non-European to attend the Centre des arts du cirque de Chambéry in France, on full scholarship, and is a part time master’s student at Concordia University pursuing an interdisciplinary research program. Anna was raised in Massachusetts and lives in Montreal.