“Throughout history, dancers have been asked to embody ideas and emotions. Even in this post Judson era, the materials of body, the embodiment of our own tissue, are often not considered as a source for thinking, movement generation and performative practice. This is where my dance making practice begins.”
Olive Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement therapist and cultural producer who 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®, certified DanceAbility teacher, working with performers of all abilities, and a Shiatsu practitioner.
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, Benoît Lachambre, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Myra Avedon and Jens Johannsen.
She is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship in 2015 and a McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 2010.
Olive teaches internationally in contexts such as KHIO, Praxis Festival, Oslo, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna, Movement Research, NYC, SEEDS Festival, Earthdance, Massachusetts and dance companies, such as Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass, New Zealand, Axis Dance Company, California and Young Dance, Minneapolis.
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.
Together with Otto Ramstad she was an artist in residence at Carleton College 2016-2017 where she developed three new works, felt room, FOLD and Conjuring Space, Conjuring Love.