We are inspired by Piet Hein's definition of art as ”the solution to the problems that cannot be formulated clearly before being resolved”. As artists we have the opportunity and responsibility to inspire action, joy and change.
Our mission is to create a network of people, artists and activists to nurture collaboration for a sustainable future. We intend to strengthen and expand global networks of action through interaction with local artists and activist. Acting for Climate is not just a group of performers, it is a mindset and a movement.
Acting for Climate will always strive towards developing the art field, through cross-disciplinary work, and challenging the methods and expressions of contemporary performing arts.
Acting for Climate was initiated in 2015 by Abigael Winsvold (NO) and Victoria Gulliksen (NO). Other dedicated members of the core crew include Ida Langkilde (DK), Emma Langmoen (NO), William Yazaki Schou (DK), Nathan Biggs-Penton (USA), and Villads Bugge Bang (DK). Through our performances and workshops we work as an umbrella organization for everybody interested in arts and environmentalism.
Ida Langkilde (DK)
Villads Bugge Bang (DK)
Villads is a Copenhagen native who has been moving since a young age. He has spent the last seven years working his way through first AFUK then AMoC graduating this university degree in circus as a Performer. Microphone manipulation, beatbox, tap dance, funk, juggling, live looping, acrobatics, dancing, and phenomenal stage presence; this list is simply the easiest way to describe how versatile and creative Villads is!
Ida Langkilde is based in the countryside of Denmark.
Through her whole life she has been moving and challenging her point of view about the capacity of the human body and mind. She has spent thousand of hours upside down and with her twisting body and mindset you can always be sure to see things from many perspectives. She is educated circus artist at the bachelor program at AMoC in Copenhagen, and is a great mover, hand balancer, Chinese pole acrobat and overall multidisciplinary artist.
She believes in learning by doing and that the changes and motions do not happen just by thinking about them.
Victoria Sophie Gulliksen (NO)
Victoria Gulliksen is an Oslo-based actress and director.
She grew up in Sandefjord, Norway before training at the International Theatre School Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France (2014-2016). Victoria is one of the co-founders of Acting for Climate as well as “De Munnfulle” a youth initiative and “The Knight Company Mentolatum”. She has starred in Norwegian television as well as having performed with a numerous amount of companies in genres such as classical theatre, absurd, clowning, contemporary circus and performance art. She has recently also begun performing and rapping with her character VickyG.
Abigael Rydtun Winsvold (NO/DK)
Abigael is one of the founders of Acting for Climate, and a multitalented performer educated at AFUK, AMoC and Codarts, specialized as a hand to hand flyer but with a multitude of skills, both within contemporary circus and other artforms. Abigael dares to dream, and has the energy, initiative, braveness and skills to make her dreams come true. She is also our number one networking queen.
Emma Staffansdotter Langmoen (NO/FI)
With a background in politics and activism, Norwegian circus artist Emma Langmoen has found a purpose for her art through Acting for Climate. Emma has a three year degree as a professional circus artist from SaSak - Lahti Circus Education in Finland, and even more years of training of how to fall down from her static trapeze, lose her flyer in the double trapeze, fall down from a handstand, crash land a flip, or slip down into a split. She is the founder of her own company, Oslo Nysirkus, and is interested in the versatility of contemporary circus, combining circus, dance, text, live music and visual arts in her own productions.
Nathan Biggs-Penton (US)
Nathan grew up in the woods between mountains in a house built and designed by his parents. In 2013 Nathan dove head first into the world of physical expression; acrobatics, manipulation, dance, music, and clowning. Circus Smirkus, DoCH, and the Quebec Circus School form the foundation from which he grows. Art in society is an essential and in currant times, society needs the influence of art to move towards a sustainable tomorrow. Nathan is currently touring the world with Cirque Éloize and the show Saloon.
William Yazaki Schou (DK/JPN)
William Yazaki is currently a Copenhagen based artist, schooled in theater and acting through Ecole Jacques Lecoq (FR) and Estudis Berty Tovias (ES) in 2016. He has participated in various Catalan and Spanish companies around Catalonia and Spain, and among others played at the prestigious theater festivals Temporada Alta in Girona, and festival Grec in Barcelona. William is also a poet and a musician and has integrated his talent into several productions while the theater also inspires him in his own songwriting. Raised in both Tokyo and Copenhagen, he is a cosmopolitan polyglot artist, and that forms the base of any artistic work of his.
Photo: Ghia Fieandt
Our network of collaborators is growing, and we are not able to present everyone here. Please contact us if you are interested in more information on Acting for Climate and all people involved in the movement, or if you would like to get involved.
Acting for Climate works as an umbrella organisation with the goal of involving everybody interested in arts and environmentalism to create a global network working towards a common goal.