The seed of Acting for Climate was planted in Norway in 2014, with a dream of using our profession as artists to inspire action for a sustainable future. Now, we are a company creating and touring our own performances, and a growing network of people, artists and activists that nurture collaboration for sustainability.
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.
The Acting for Climate tree is growing, both as a professional contemporary circus and performing arts company, with our branches in Europe and Montréal, and as a community platform for arts and sustainability.
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.
Who we are
The Core Crew
Abigael R. Winsvold (NO/DK)
Board member - (+47) 92296862
Abigael is one of the co-founders of Acting for Climate, and has her whole artistic life had an urge in finding ways to express issues related to climate change and sustainability through arts.
Abigael is specialised in the circus disciplines partner acrobatics and rope from AMoC (Academy for Modern Circus) in Copenhagen and CODARTS Circus department in Rotterdam. In her artistic work she focuses on interdisciplinary work by combining dance, theatre and circus, with focus on combining scientific research in the art-processes.
Emma S. Langmoen (NO/FI)
Board member - (+47) 92811085
A circus artist with a background in environmental politics and activism; Emma immediately found her artistic home in Acting for Climate. She has been part of running the company since 2018.
When she is not wearing the hats of artist/creator/board member/multitasker in A4C, she is the Artistic Director for Oslo Nysirkus and a freelance performer.
Emma is interested in physical and verbal poetry, the emotional perception of climate change on the individual and collective, and how sensory experiences can create closeness to
nature. And she deeply believes that everything is political.
Amund Lindvang Bentsen (DK)
Amund is a dancer, choreographer, and interpreter who's main focus is bringing together the often considered opposites of nature and culture. His foundation is in the hiphop dance community, and from there he grows his artistic expression together with existential and environmental questions. From the creation of his first dance theatre piece “Verden er vores krop”(2015) at the National museum in Denmark, to the video art exhibition “when the world becomes our body”(2020) . When he is not doing artistic projects, he is doing activism or in school. He has his own company called Stretching Roots.
Zelda Lyseng-Storvik (NO)
Zelda is a physical performance artist within dance, circus and theatre. At the moment you will find her doing Dance Acro and a bit of Dance Trapeze. Zelda's heart beat for art and activism.
"It makes my interests and skills even more powerful, knowing that my art can make a better impact on the world when mixed with activism. Looking forward to share, grow and act!"
Heidi Miikki (FI)
Heidi is a Helsinki-based dancer and circus artist who has a dancer’s education from Outokumpu, Finland and studied circus both at AFUK in Copenhagen and BA degree at Turku Arts Academy. She dances and jumps on the tightwire, on the ground, in a harness, and climbs the pole and trees. Heidi is fascinated by movement, improvisation, playfulness and nature (among many other things!) She is an environmentalist to whom empathy, caring and meeting are the core of being. Heidi has been working with several companies and made her own multidisciplinary work combining circus, dance, music and film.
Frøydis Dahlø aka Frodo (NO)
Musician, performer, organizer and norm-critical thinker.
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 part of the Montréal branch of the company.
Durita Sumberg Poulsen (FOE / DK)
(on maternity leave until Jan 2022)
Durita is Acting for Climate's producer, manager and much more. Her educational background is in dramaturgy, and outside A4C, she also works with film, media and theatre productions. She is from the beautiful Faroe Islands, and is now residential in Aarhus, Denmark. Durita takes on diverse tasks, and isn't afraid to jump into deep water to move the company in the right direction.
Domante Tirylyte (Lithuania) and Federica Parise (Italy)
Domante and Federica joined the Acting for Climate Scandinavia team in 2021 and they are proud to have found a company sharing the same values and goals. Both producers work extensively as cultural managers worldwide, dealing with administration, communications and advertising. In 2020, they created the international network ARTED NET, as a way of empowering artists interested in promoting their work locally and internationally, for young audiences as well as for general ones. ARTED NET and ACTING FOR CLIMATE joined forces to spread the word about the power of artistic expression for a more sustainable planet.
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.
Photo: Ghia Fieandt