Anastasia is a performer, dancer, and body-worker committed to using art as tool for personal and collective healing. Her investigation centers on how practices of attention and states-based work can reveal an alternative relationship to subjectivity, where truth comes not from an external inscription, but from a prolonged and delicately wrought experiment in unpeeling the layers of our internal affective experience. In our political climate in which so much violence finds its motive in identity politics, these alternative practices of relating to the tissues of identity feel imperative.
Since moving to Berkeley in 2013, Anastasia created a solo show WILD based on the 300 year history of the witch burnings in Europe, and co-directed RED DELICIOUS, an immersive dance-scape set in nature celebrating the Feral Feminine. She performed as Solange in Theater Mundi's physical theater rendition of Genet's The Maids. She co-ran the Subterranean Arthouse, where she produced monthly performance salons and showcases to develop the work of emerging artists. She is currently also in rehearsal for The Last Blue Couch in the Sky, to be performed at the YBCA in June.
Anastasia’s eclectic performance training includes musical theater, absurdism, and the movement forms of Butoh dance, Axis Syllabus, Capoeira, and contemporary dance. She investigates how each of these forms allows us to re-write the stories that shape reality through risk, shadow, sweat, and play.