Anastazia Louise, Founder and Artistic Director
Anastazia Louise, founder and artistic director of Bad Unkl Sista, offers a personally developed style that combines over twenty years of performance experience distilled from a vast array of teachers and collaborators. Her Butoh-based physical theater approach focuses on creative, proactive human development within our present-day social context. There is a continual focus on the pathways of transcribing and uniting outer and inner landscapes into a physical expression in order to reach all witnesses at a personal level.
Having grown up teaching alongside her mother in the dance studio adjoining their home, Anastazia never experienced a separation between dance and daily life. She joined Ritual Space Performance Art Collective in 1991, went on to work with Aura Fischbeck Dance in 1994, and then became a core member of the Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company from 2000-2009—where she first began designing and hand-sewing company costumes. This is where Anastazia’s unique fusion of performance with costuming began.
Anastazia was introduced to Butoh through Diego Piñón (Butoh Ritual Mexicano) in 2002, and his teachings have since been an ongoing influence and inspiration for all her performance work. Other primary influences include Hiroko and Koichi Tamano, Sankai Juku, Katsura Kan and Vangeline. She has participated in collaborative work with an array of internationally recognized artists including Flam Chen, Mizu Desierto, Human Nature Dance Company, Totter Todd, Soriah, Arizona Classical Theater, Nathan Montgomery (Syzygy Butoh), Richochet, The LA Stilt Circus, and VerbaBola. She has also been a resident performer at Supperclub San Francisco since 2006.
Anastazia founded Bad Unkl Sista in 2002, and has since produced hundreds of large-scale performances for local and regional promoters and festivals including Tsunami on the Square, Sea of Dreams, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Steven Raspa Productions, The Crucible, Symbiosis, Spiderball, Raygun Rocketship, The Exploratorium, Lovefest, Yuri’s Night at NASA, Lovesick, Maker Faire, Pandora’s Trunk and Artpod. Her recent work includes concepting, choreography, costuming and performance for the opera-scale production “First Breath – Last Breath”, produced by Bad Unkl Sista—a piece which has since spawned two audio recordings and a documentary short film.