“Lineage draws lines between who I am related to, who I relate to, and how I relate and make relations between my artistic lineage with my ancestral heritage. I endeavor to use “artistic genealogy”, a creative interaction with my Norwegian ancestors and the ways that their lives have been recorded, in combination with influences from the work of Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson as a new way of creating dance.” Otto Ramstad
“Going back to the lineage and the land is in a sense a cautionary act –a revaluation of origins as consciousness and technology expand “beyond” threatening to decenter us.” Sean Smuda, artist
This work is a collection of dances, videos and stories that take be built for specific venues as a stage work, video installation, and/or traveling performance.
Upcoming performance: March 15-18, 2018 as Robert Rauschenberg’s Erasing the Rules exhibition at SFMOMA in San Francisco and at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis in July 2018.
The work has been developed as part of a Marin Headlands residency, Carlton College residency and on location in Norway and Vermont.
Work in progress showings:
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake in Minnesota Sunday February 5 & 19, 2017 at 3.30pm
Riff Talks, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Northampton
Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin
Praxis Festivalen, Dansenhuset, Oslo August 14th, 2016
Vital Matters Dance Festival, Southern Theater, Minneapolis,October 20-23rd, 2016,
TILT, Fargernes, Norway November 23rd, 2016
Dance for Syria benefit, Phoenix Theater, Minneapolis
This project is a Vital Matters festival commission and has been supported by Headlands Center for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.