photo Kristin Van Loon performs GO at Stromereien Festival, Zurich


September 12-22, 2019

Schous Plass, Oslo

BodyCartography Project will build a series of intimate performances, surprising interventions, and invigorating movement experiences throughout Schous plass. TOGETHERING will create a space for movement, social gathering, conversation and reflection around embodied practice, relational intelligence, intimacy and public space.

TOGETHERING will unfold as series of relational site-dances in public space. These dances will bring audiences into the heart of dance, exposing other ways of experiencing Schous Plass, our bodies and behavior. The dances, one-on-one performances, solo and group dances and participatory scores, will unfold throughout Schous Plass, moving into the library, leaking into the surrounding neighborhood. TOGETHERING will create a space for movement, social gathering, conversation and reflection around embodied practice, relational intelligence, intimacy and public space. Audiences will be exposed to the work as passersby on a daily basis, attend a scheduled performance, drop in for one-on-one performance, participate in movement workshops and watch intimate screenings of dances created in Schous plass that will projected on to surfaces around the plass.

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. Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad have been collaborating for more then twenty years creating performances, video works, installations, and festival for theaters, galleries, museums around the world. 

“Philosopher Alva Noë wrote that experience is not something we have—it is something we do. For the BodyCartography Project this is not an abstract philosophical concept but an operational principle.” Boris Oicherman, Weisman Art Museum website

Olive Bieringa performs action movie, Weisman Art Museum, 2018

“Very few performances make the present so vivid and felt as Olive Bieringa’s action movie. A simple proposal of being guided with your eyes closed became a profound experience of my body and senses, located and dislocated in a sensuous, outdoor municipal adventure.”   Judith Howard, Culturebot. 

Otto Ramstad performs action movie, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

“I initially thought I would be editing together a series of dance sequences—a walking montage with the visual experience at the foreground, and the eyes-closed bits the less important, waiting time. What I learned was that eyes-closed moments were the primary material, allowing the audience member to quickly engage in a non-visual feeling state, attention spreading down and sideways, with smell, temperature, and sound becoming the primary compositional material, which I took great pleasure in choreographing. The visual sequences (eyes-open) were then moments for surprise, rest, connection, re-entry, attenuation, and then, eyes closed, dive back into the under-senses for something more real, more connected, more human.” Justin Jones, action movie performer, excerpt from Under Seeing, Contact Quarterly 2019

Diana Lara performs action movie at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2018

“It takes a kind of courage to participate in action movie—to be facilitated “blindly” by someone one has never met. Some people feel emboldened to run and move and experience the space with a sense of play because they have “permission,” because their actions were framed as art. “ Margit Galanter, Under Seeing, Contact Quarterly

“They can always be counted on to keep us guessing and eagerly anticipating their next moves”
Dance Company of the Year, City Pages, 2013

closer(solo) with Otto Ramstad and Anna Marie Shogren

“closer animated our whole festival space with the frenetic act of spectatorship and performance. The surfaces of Wellington Waterfront came alive with the playfulness of this interaction, blurring distinctions between the works and the passers by and altogether enhancing the spirit of our event in dimensions not yet seen before. closer is an unusual and surprising work that changes dance and changes space.” Sam Trubridge, director of the Performance Arcade

Accumulations from Softening the Curves, Big Low Down Festival, Bedlam, St Paul 2016

 “I could have watched these amorphous beings creating strange and beautiful shapes for hours.”