Renowned dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Anna Krys­tek

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

World-renowned dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Anna Krys­tek has died fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in Brus­sels.

Ms Krys­tek, Creative Scot­land’s in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mance of­fi­cer, had been in Bel­gium rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land’s artists at the IETM, an in­ter­na­tional net­work for con­tem­po­rary per­form­ing arts.

She was pre­sent­ing to in­ter­na­tional peers and bring­ing her in­tel­lect, ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion to dis­cus­sions about the trans­for­ma­tive power of the arts.

A fear­less ad­vo­cate of artists’ lead­er­ship roles through their work and their im­pact on so­ci­ety, Glas­gow-based Ms Krys­tek was a found­ing artist and board mem­ber of The Work Room, artist-led or­gan­i­sa­tion for dance in Glas­gow.

She ar­rived in Glas­gow in 1994 as part of Du­den­dance, a city-based dance com­pany led by Clea Wal­lis and Paul Rous.

She has since per­formed across the world as an in­de­pen­dent artist and chore­og­ra­pher, be­gin­ning with “Test” in 2005.

Just this year she per­formed “Un­ti­tled #0.5 – Who What and Where is Anna?” at Dance In­ter­na­tional Glas­gow.

Her other work in­cludes more than 17 years as a core mem­ber of the award-win­ning Fin­nish per­for­mance group Oblivia, which brought her tal­ent for com­edy to the fore.

an In an in­ter­view in 2001, Ms Krys­tek said: “I have a lot of re­spect for my au­di­ence. I think that peo­ple are very clever and can see and hear and en­gage with more than what is thought pos­si­ble.”

Laura Cameron-Lewis, head of dance at Creative Scot­land, was with Ms Krys­tek in Brus­sels be­fore her tragic death.

She de­scribed her as “a unique soul within a univer­sal con­tin­uum of hu­man­ity”.

She said: “Anna her­self was not dif­fi­cult to work with. It was her work that re­sisted ef­forts to brush over it or squeeze it into other frames.”

She said Ms Krys­tek’s great ca­pac­ity for warmth, her mis­chievous sense of hu­mour and in­fec­tious laugh would be missed.

Re­spected: Anna Krys­tek.

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