Kirsten Wicklund (she/her) was born in British Columbia, Canada and trained at Pacific Dance Arts, Danzmode Productions, Goh Ballet Academy, Modus Operandi Contemporary Training Program, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, and received scholarships to train at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet & Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Kirsten has danced with The Washington Ballet Company, Ballet BC and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. From 2014-2021 Kirsten danced as a full-time artist at Ballet BC under the direction of Emily Molnar, C.M. and most recently under Medhi Walerski. During her time with the creation-based company she danced and created original works by Lesley Telford, Medhi Walerski, William Forsythe, Emmanuel Gat, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Adi Salant, Aszure Barton, Company 605, Johan Inger, Serge Bennathan, Jorma Elo, Jacopo Godani, Walter Mateini, Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal and others. Kirsten currently dances at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium as a Demi-Soloist since 2021 where she has been performing works by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pina Bausch, Sharon Eyal, Jan Martins, Crystal Pite and William Forsythe.
As an independent creator, Kirsten has choreographed works for The New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Ballet BC’s “Take Form”, The Dutch National Ballet Company, Ballet Kelowna, Joshua Beamish’s MOVETHECOMPANY, The UBC Choir, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, The Dance Deck Series, Arts Umbrella, Goh Ballet & Lamon Dance. She received the 2020 Choreographic award at YAGP and her work “Overcast” was selected as a finalist for the International Choreographic Competition Hannover in 2021.
As a 200 HR E-RYT certified yoga teacher, Kirsten studies and practices a variety of movement languages. Kirsten teaches workshops and adjudicates across North America and Europe and is passionate about the creation process. She hopes to continue exploring many different avenues within the performing arts.
Photo by Cindi Wicklund Fotographia