Thinking about Anna

By Anita Clark / 28.11.17

It is with the deepest of sadness that we share the tragic news that our dear friend, the artist and choreographer, Anna Krzystek has died. Anna was in Brussels attending the IETM meeting when she was struck by a tram on Friday evening. It is unbearably sad and our thoughts are especially with her family and close friends at this time. 

 

Anna has been an intrinsic part of The Work Room community and will be so greatly missed as a friend, peer and colleague. She was a compelling artist and performer, with an unswerving clarity of practice and rigorous process. 

Anna’s involvement with The Work Room has been significant from the very beginning. She was one of the artists who advocated for space for the independent dance sector in Glasgow, was a founder member of the organisation and part of the initial artists’ panel. She has been a vital part of our community, championing our artist-led ethos and commitment to supporting artistic research. Over the years she researched and developed much of her own work in our studio; her artistry, insight into performance and generous wisdom will be dearly missed.

 

Just over a year ago, she took up the post of Interdisciplinary Performance Officer for Creative Scotland, bringing her deep and embedded understanding of artistic practice to their work and becoming a trusted source of valuable advice and support to many other artists.

 

Her most recent work, the video installation, Untitled #0.5 – Who, What and Where is Anna, premiered at Tramway as part of Dance International Glasgow in May this year and she was in discussion about future touring opportunities for the work. This is a significant work, embodying Anna's bold artistic vision as well as capturing her beautiful and mischievous spirit.

 

Today we have taken time to watch this short -trailer, filmed by Simon Fildes during Anna’s research and development residency for the #Untitled Series at The Work Room last year.  You may wish to as well.