Olive Bieringa is a maker, performer, somatic movement therapist and cultural producer originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, currently living in Oslo. She trained with Judson Church choreographers at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and has an MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University, New York. She is certified teacher and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. She has collaborated with numerous artists and has studied extensively and/or performed in the work of Eva Karczag, Lisa Nelson, Benoit Lachambre, Deborah Hay, Jennifer Monson and Steve Paxton, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
She has been collaborating with Otto Ramstad as the 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. They create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Their work is rooted in experimental, somatic, and socially engaged practices. 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.
Her dances, performances, installations and films have been presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, American Realness, COIL Festival, PS122, NYC, TBA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Dance Place, Washington DC, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis International Film Festival, Minnesota Public Television, Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Performance Arcade, Footnote Dance Company, Touch Compass Dance Company, New Zealand. In other locations including Black Box Teater, Oslo, Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Subsistances, Stomereien Festival, Zurich, Anti-Festival, Finland, Polish Public Television, amongst others.
Awards and fellowships:2015 Foundation for Contemporary Art, Marin Headlands/Alumni New Works, American Composers Forum, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Performance Network Creation Fund 2013 City Pages Dance Company of the Year 2010 MAP Fund, National Dance Project, McKnight Fellowship 2008 Sage Award for Outstanding Performance 2007 City Pages Artists of the Year, Jerome Foundation Fellowship 2006 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Passing It On Award, Sage People’s Choice Award 2005 Winner of Dance for Camera Festival at ADF 2003 NZ Fringe Festival Awards/Pelorous Trust Creativity Award & Outdoor Award
Olive has curated and produced many festivals including Vital Matters Dance Festival in 2016 and Future Interstates performance series at the Cowles Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, SEEDS Festival at Earthdance in Massachusetts 2008-2016, and Public Art St Paul’s City Art Collaboratory from 2010-2014.
Olive teaches internationally for Impulstanz, Vienna, Movement Research, Whitney Museum, NYC, Lyon Opera Ballet, PRAXIS, Scuda and Proda, KHIO, Oslo and for Body-Mind Centering® certification programs around the world. In 2019 she becomes the director of Somatic Movement Education Australasia which will run Body-Mind Centering® certifications in Melbourne, Australia.
Her work is featured in many publications including the first two books about site dance internationally: Site Dance, the Lure of Alternative Spaces published by University of Florida Press and Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance published by Routledge. Extensive bibliography available on request.