Over the past twenty years BodyCartography’s offerings have functioned to deepen the conversation in post-modern, experimental and somatic practice to give value to other ways of experiencing and making dance. Together through workshops, choreographies and performances we have been invested in cultivating an inner life for dancers, makers and audiences.
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad have been collaborating as BodyCartography Project since 1998. The mission of BodyCartography Project is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. We create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Our work is rooted in experimental, somatic, and socially engaged practices.
Coinciding with our twenty year anniversary our work Follow was acquired by Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand , the first intangible dance acquisition for their permanent collection. felt room, Lineage and action movie were presented at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and in part at the Performance Arcade in Wellington.
We make performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals and other curatorial projects. Our works range from intimate interventions in public space, large community site works, installations for the museum to complex works for the stage.
Movement research, somatic and improvisational practice inform the ground of our dance-making and teaching practice. Somatic practice, specifically Body-Mind Centering®, is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. We are certified teachers of Body-Mind Centering® working internationally.
We collaborate with dancers, composers, visual artists, scientists, and filmmakers including Anna Marie Shogren, Justin Jones, Emmett Ramstad, Zeena Parkins, Bryce Beverlin II, Fritz Haeg, Margit Galanter, Shanai Mattieson, Carl Christian Lange, Hijack amongst others.
Our work is featured in many publications including the first two books about site dance internationally: Site Dance, the Lure of Alternative Spaces and Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance published by Routledge.
Our work has been commissioned, presented and supported by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis International Film Festival, Minnesota Public Television, Minneapolis; American Realness, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research, Dance on Camera Festival, NYC; TBA/Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts; Anti-Festival, Finland; Stromereien Festival, Zurich; Lyon Opera Ballet, Lyon; South East Dance, Cheshire Dance, UK; NZ International Film Festival, New Zealand; Cinedans, Amsterdam; Polish Public Television, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Tallahassee; Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin; K3, Hamburg; Les Subsistances, Lyon; amongst others.