Olive Bieringa is a dance, performance and visual artist working at the intersection of social and creative practice, pedagogy, and healing.
Born in Aotearoa, she is a first generation New Zealander of European Jewish descent educated in the Netherlands, UK, Germany and the USA. She moved to Oslo in 2017 from USA where she was based for twenty years.
She studied at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed her Master in Fine Arts in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Registered ISMETA Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, Shiatsu practitioner and certified DanceAbility teacher, working with performers of all abilities. She is the Program Director for Somatic Education Australasia’s Body-Mind Centering® program in Melbourne, Australia. She will begin a Doctorate in the Arts at The Theater Academy Helsinki in fall 2021.
Her work has been presented by Oslo Kommune, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Performance Space 122, NYC, the Performance Arcade, Wellington, Lyon Opera Ballet amongst other contexts and lives in the collection of the Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand.
As a dancer, maker and educator her work has been profoundly influenced by teachers and collaborators including Otto Ramstad, Margit Galanter, Lisa Nelson, Jennifer Monson, Emmett Ramstad, Carle Lange, Zeena Parkins, Andrea Parkins, Deborah Hay, Karen Nelson, Benoit Lachambre, Steve Paxton, Eva Karczag, and founder of Body-Mind Centering® Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
She is a recipient of Oslo Kommune stipdendium in 2020, a Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship in 2015 and a McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 2010.
Olive teaches internationally in Body-Mind Centering® trainings and dance programs such as Moveus, Germany, Leben Nuvoa, Italy, Moving from Within, USA, Sonder, USA, Norwegian Theater Academy, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Praxis, Oslo, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna, Movement Research, NYC, SEEDS Festival, Earthdance, Massachusetts, Wayne State University, Detroit, Winona State University, Carleton College, Minnesota, and for dance companies Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass, New Zealand, Axis Dance Company, California and Young Dance, Minneapolis.
She is currently on the board of PRAXIS Oslo. Curatorial projects include PRAXIS Oslo, 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.
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.