Olga Kaleta 

I am an interdisciplinary performance artist working across circus, physical theatre, comedy and live art. I create provocative and entertaining work that reckons with uncomfortable subjects relevant to the times we live in. I am driven to create performances that connect with diverse audiences, outside of the walls and expectations of traditional theatre spaces. My work is highly visual, with an approach often based on juxtaposition, teetering between comedy and tragedy. 

 

I’ve worked as a performer and director with companies such as NoFit State Circus, WildWorks Theatre, Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club, Kitsch and Sync and EGO Performance Company. I am a co-founder of The Bad Eggs Theatre Company and a former member of Splatch.Arts Collective. 

 

Current projects include; Period Drama (writer and performer), a surreal, episodic and site responsive performance exploring mental health, identity & recovery through autobiographical storytelling, circus & physical theatre (with integrated BSL by Sherrie Eugene Hart) and Pirates of The Canal Basin (circus director and performer), a truly unique and radically accessible, large scale site specific pirate spectacular, with support from NoFit State Circus .

 

I have a vast experience of teaching and facilitating creative processes for young young people and vulnerable adults. I have gained my knowledge through working and training with companies such as NoFit State  Circus, Hijinx, Extraordinary Bodies, EGO Performance Company and Louise Orwin. 

 

Inspired by training with Off The Record Mental Health Charity and Commonwealth Theatre, I am currently developing a Circus and Mental Health Resilience workshops for young people aiming to help young people foster their resilience, explore alternative forms of self expression, boost confidence and make meaningful connections. I am a trained mental health support worker with Elysium and have a level 3 Mental Health First Aid certificate. 

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