TRIBUTES have been paid to a world-renowned artist and choreographer who died after being struck by a tram.

Tributes have flooded in for Anna Krzystek from colleagues and friends who described her as “loved by anyone who became her friend.”

She was representing Scotland at a meeting for the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts in Brussels when tragedy struck.

The 49-year-old, who moved to Glasgow in 1994, was crossing a road last Friday when she was hit by a tram in the Belgian Capital.

Laura Cameron-Lewis, Head of Dance at Creative Scotland, who was with Anna in Brussels before her tragic death, said her work won plaudits all over the world.

She said: “Anna’s artistic work cut a singular path which won plaudits all over the world for its uniqueness and uncompromising clarity.

“Anna herself was not difficult to work with, it was her work that resisted efforts to brush over it or squeeze it into other frames, it challenged you on its own terms and insistence of itself – this singularity which for me was synonymous with the singularity of her, of a unique soul within a universal continuum of humanity.”

Her achievements include performances all over the world including ‘Untitled #0.5 - Who What and Where is Anna?’ at this year’s Dance International in Glasgow.

She was also was part of Dudendance, whose work would bring her to Glasgow in 1994 where she would remain to build her home.

A spokeswoman for Creative Scotland said the artist was much loved by anyone who became her friend.

She said: “Anna was hugely respected in the dance and live art sector, by fellow artists and colleagues, but more than that, was loved by anyone who was fortunate enough to have become her friend.

“She will be missed for her great capacity for warmth, for her mischievous sense of humour, for her infectious laugh, and for her love of friends and family, whom she was deeply committed to.”

Anna was a founding member of The Work Room -- a group based in Glasgow working with artists in the field of dance.

Anita Clark, director of The Work Room, worked closely with Anna and paid tribute to her as an artist and a close friend.

She said: “Anna has been an intrinsic part of The Work Room community and will be so greatly missed as a friend, peer and colleague. She was a compelling artist and performer, with an unswerving clarity of practice and rigorous process.

“We will miss her artistry, insight into performance and generous wisdom. Her most recent work, the video installation, Untitled #0.5 – Who, What and Where is Anna, premiered at Tramway as part of Dance International Glasgow in May.”