DIG - Vital Physical Research (Plot 2)

DIG - Vital Physical Research (Plot 2)

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This is Plot 2 of Core Dance's Summer Intensive - DIG.

This workshop is taught by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad of BodyCartography Project.

Embodied Performance Workshop

Olive will lead an embodied practice in movement expression and creation using the somatic approach of Body-Mind Centering®. BMC® utilizes experiential study through application of anatomical, physiological, and developmental principles in hands-on practice, movement, and sound explorations. We will visit the bones, organs, breathing and vocalization, diaphragms, and endocrine system and explore the impact of this somatic research on our moving, vocalizing and performativity. This workshop is open to experienced performers and performance makers of all disciplines.

About Olive Bieringa

Olive Bieringa is a choreographer, director, performer, somatic movement therapist, video artist, producer and curator from Aotearoa/New Zealand. She studied at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed her MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Registered ISMETA Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, Shiatsu practitioner and certified DanceAbility teacher, working with performers of all abilities.

She has collaborated with numerous artists and appeared in the work of choreographers Deborah Hay, Yoshiko Chuma, Sara Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Jennifer Monson, Eva Karczag and Stephanie Skura and worked extensively with Lisa Nelson, Benoît Lachambre, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
She is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship in 2015 and a McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 2010.
Olive teaches internationally in Body-Mind Centering® trainings and dance programs such as Moveus, Germany, Leben Nuvoa, Italy, Moving from Within, USA, Sonder, USA, KHIO, Praxis, Oslo, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna, Movement Research, NYC, SEEDS Festival, Earthdance, Massachusetts, Wayne State University, Detroit, Winona State University, Carleton College, Minnesota, and for dance companies Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass, New Zealand, Axis Dance Company, California and Young Dance, Minneapolis. She is the Program Director for Somatic Education Australasia’s Body-Mind Centering® program in Melbourne, Australia.
Curatorial projects include Vital Matter Dance Festival and Future Interstates performance series, Minneapolis, Public Art Saint Paul’s City Art Collaboratory, SEEDS Festival at Earthdance in Massachusetts, and the Kinesthetic Kino: International Dance Cinema.
As a speaker she has presented at the 4×4 Series, Walker Art Center, Dance USA, Public Art St Paul,CUNY Site-Specific Performance Symposium, NYC, American Dance Festival, and Commonwealth Film Festival, UK, University for Music and Dance Cologne, Germany, Chicago Department of Cultural Affair’s amongst others.
Her writings appear in numerous online publications and the following books: Meandering Methodologies, Deviant Disciplines — Four Years of City Art Collaboratory from Public Art Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternate Spaces from University of Florida Press.

About Otto Ramstad

Otto Ramstad is a dance and video artist and Certified Practitioner & Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. He began Studying BMC in 1981 at six years old with his first dance teacher Suzanne River. For twenty years he has been collaborating with Olive Bieringa as the BodyCartography Project creating performances, films, installations, and festivals. He is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship 2015, McKnight Foundation Fellowship 2010, an Archibald Bush Fellowship Artist 2006, twice a DanceWeb Scholarship recipient at Impulstanz. Together with Olive he was an artist in residence at Carleton College 2016-2017. He has been featured in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Lisa Schmitt, Scott Wells, and Kitt Johnson. His most current work Lineage looks at learning and how we learn, drawing lines between his learning of experimental dance and somatic practices, specifically Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores since 2000, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and Contact Improvisation since 1998, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s BMC and learning of his Norwegian cultural heritage which has been invisible to him. In his exploration of his Norwegian great grandfathers life and the places he moved through he is reflecting on what it was to live in a body in rural Norway 100 years ago. This research as led him to emigrate to Norway as a way to experience the cultural learning his great grandfather went through in 1911. Lineage will be presented as a studio practice, a series of discussions and a dance, video and storytelling performance for the culmination of his MA in Choreography at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, April, 2019.

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 133 Sycamore St
  • Decatur, GA 30030
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Jul 05, 2019 10:00 am to
  • Jul 08, 2019 05:00 pm
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