BodyCartography Project are Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. Their mission is to engage with the vital materiality of the body. They create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Their work is rooted in contemporary dance, somatic technique, education, socially engaged practice, and public art. They are deeply invested in the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.
Over their seventeen year collaboration they have created projects across the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, Russia and South America. Their works range from intimate interventions in public space, large community site works, intimate installations for the museum to complex works for the stage.
They have collaborated with many dancers, composers, visual artists, scientists, and filmmakers including Anna Marie Shogren, Justin Jones, Dolo McComb, Emmet Ramstad, Zeena Parkins, Doug Aitken, and Fritz Haeg.
As certified teachers of Body-Mind Centering® somatic practice informs the ground of their dance-making and teaching practice. Somatic practice is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness.
Olive Bieringa grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, 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 certified teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and DanceAbility, 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. She has studied extensively with Lisa Nelson, Eva Karczag, Benoit LaChambre, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Myra Avedon and Jens Johannsen.
Olive teaches internationally in contexts such as Impulstanz Festival, Vienna, Movement Research, NYC, and dance companies, such as Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance and Touch Compass, New Zealand, Axis Dance Company, California and Young Dance, Minneapolis.
Past curatorial projects include Public Art Saint Paul’s City Art Collaboratory, SEEDS Festival/Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science, an interdisciplinary arts and ecology festival, at Earthdance in Massachusetts, and the Kinesthetic Kino: International Dance Cinema. As a speaker she has presented at numerous universities and for mnartists.org, Dance USA, Public Art St Paul, Site-Specific Performance Symposium, CUNY, NYC, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC and Commonwealth Film Festival, UK amongst others.
Otto Ramstad holds a BA in Dance, Improvisation, and the Moving Image, from Goddard College and is a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering(r). He has been featured in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Lisa Schmitt, Scott Wells, and Kitt Johnson. Ramstad’s solo work has been performed in Denmark, Finland, England, Paris, New Zealand, Italy, NYC, around the USA. 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, and was nominated for a Rolex Protégé Award in 2007.