Born in Germany, Anja originally started her training in musical theatre in Vienna where she graduated in 2006. During her time there, she performed at various theatres and toured with a children’s theatre company throughout Austria and Eastern Europe.Having never quite settled down in these genres though, she soon discovered her fascination for physical theatre and contemporary dance, which she both studied intensively in Vienna and subsequently in Oxford, where she is based since 2009. Anja has trained amongst others with Danny Scott, David Glass, Amit Lahav and Hofesh Shechter.
She further developed skills in capoeira and aerial dance (multiple apparatus), which are now an integral part to her practice. As a performer, she worked with several companies both in the UK and internationally, and additionally works as a solo dance artist and freelance movement director. Anja was a mentored artist with the David Glass Ensemble and a trainer as part of the Ensemble’s learning strand, as well as associate artist to Gecko Theatre’s outreach programme with ‘The Wedding’. Anja further holds a Foundation +1 level qualification in teaching Aerial Dance.
In 2013, Anja has founded physical theatre company Justice in Motion, to combine her passion in social justice with her skills in the arts, to make a difference in our culture and society. She is the artistic director and creative lead on all of Justice in Motion’s shows.