#1: BODYCARTOGRAPHY PROJECT
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.
#2: ALIX EYNAUDI
Alix Eynaudi lives and works in Vienna. She was trained as a ballet dancer in the Opéra of Paris and has worked in various ballet companies before entering PARTS when the school first opened. In 1996, Alix joined Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas where she worked for 7 years.
Since 2005 Alix has been creating her own pieces: Crystalll, in collaboration with Alice Chauchat (2005), Supernaturel (2007), Long Long Short Long Short (2009), in collaboration with Agata Maszkiewicz. In 2011, she lead, together with Kris Verdonck, a research on the benefits of sleep and rest, which turned into Exit (2011), a solo in which she puts the audience to sleep. In 2012, she created Monique, a dance duet with Mark Lorimer, which found its inspiration in bondage. In 2015 she premiered a group piece, Edelweiss, a danced rebus that oscilliates between abstract and figurative art. She is currently developing 2 projects for 2017, one will be a collaboration with Alice Chauchat, Anne Juren, and Mårten Spanberg, Nature’s Nature, and the other a group piece, Chesterfield (leather & poetry).
Besides creating her own work, Alix makes a point of continuing to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and a performer. She took part in pieces by a.e.: Superamas, Kris Verdonck, Anne Juren, Boris Charmatz, Noé Soulier, Jennifer Lacey.
Alix’s artistic practice also involves teaching workshops a.o.in PARTS, Brussels, ImPulsTanz, Vienna, Reykjavik, Panetta Movement Centre, New York, Skolen for Moderne Dans / The Danish National School of Contemporary Dance and SEAD, Salzburg.
#3: SIRI JØNTVEDT
Siri Jøntvedt is a dancer and chorographer based in Oslo, Norway. She is educated at Ballettakademien, Gothenburg, The Norwegian Opera Ballet School and KHIO (Statens balletthøgskole) and in New York at Merce Cunningham studio, New York Dance Intensive and Movement Research. She has studied improvisation, release based and somatic techniques influenced by teachers such as Nina Martin, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano and more. In her own work, she has been teaching and working with improvisation as a method and performance practice since 1990.
As a freelance dancer she has worked and toured frequently with both Norwegian and foreign choreographers, such as Frances Becker, Nina Martin, Amanda Steggell, Henriette Pedersen, Lise Ferner, Un-Magritt Nordset, Sissel Bjørkli, Erna Omarsdottir and more. She toured Norway several times with Riksteateret.
Together with dance artist Snelle Hall she established the group Siri&Snelle Produksjoner. The two of them has made work together since 1991, often in collaboration with other artists and musicians. They have made several full time pieces and has shown their work in Norway, Europe and in the US. Lately they made commissioned work “Heddaing” for WOW Festival in San Diego (2013), “Notes on Cracking” for Carte Blanche (2015). Their latest full evening production “Jeg er Kosmos” was shown in Dansens Hus (2016).
Siri also collaborates with musician Ivar Grydeland. Together they were part in the Norwegian Artistic Research Program with the project INTERIMP, a collaboration between dancers and musicians (2012-2015).
In 2015 she got a five year work grant from Art Council Norway.