GO, Kristin Van Loon, Zurich, 2009
your partnership is vital to keep us moving  in 2016  


we premiered closer with over 241 free one-on-one performances in public spaces across the Twin Cities and the Red Eye Theater. We toured Super Nature to DancePlace, DC and Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh. We began our Embodied Performance training, leading 3 x 2 week modules in Minneapolis and Berlin. We curated and produced nine Future Interstates evenings with Hijack and the curated the contact improvisation class and jam series at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. We led workshops for Movement Research, NYC and Earthdance, MA.


brings the touring of closer to NZ, and Chicago, Vital Matters festival and the felt room, a new performance installation for twenty performers and a dark room, the curation of a renewed SEEDS festival at Earthdance, the continuation of the Embodied Performance training in Minneapolis and Berlin, intensive studies with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, and the ongoing contact improvisation class and jam series at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

Your support will help us create Vital Matters a new festival of contemporary dance and performance in Minneapolis featuring local artists. We will present new work by collaborators Justin Jones, Anna Marie Shogren, Dolo McComb, Otto Ramstad, Olive Bieringa, Pramila Vasudevan, Katie Burgess, Sam Johnson, Vie Boheme, Katelyn Skelley, HIJACK and other special guests including DJ WZZ WNSHP. With your help it will take place October 20-23, 2016 at the Southern Theater, Minneapolis.

What is Vital Matters?

Vital Matters will engage with the vital materiality of our bodies –– our guts, our minds, our matter, body to body, a festival of embodied performance for Minneapolis.

Vital Matters will highlight contemporary makers in our community recognizing new aesthetic, somatic and performative practices. Together we will offer multiple entry points into the experience of dance.

From October 20-23 Vital Matters will present 4 evenings of performance preceded by 4 workshops. 10+ new dance works (including a family matinee) + 4 workshops + 2 artists talks + 3 dance parties. All of this is no small undertaking, so…

It is vital that we have your support and the necessary funds to complete this project in a way that resources all the people involved: artists, lighting designer, sound technician, producer, documenters, administrator + publicist.

We want to engage you in the creation of this Vital Matters from the ground up. It’s a dance and performance festival for the Twin Cities! It’s a celebration of our bodies. Please join us! 

Contribute to our Kickstarter campaign here.

In gratitude for your support

Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad