Performance All Ages

BodyCartography Project

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 17, and 18, 2018
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
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Coinciding with Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, Performance All Ages presents BodyCartography Project for a weekend of drop-in, participatory movement pieces that draw on Rauschenberg’s interest in collapsing the borders between visual and performing arts. Join us on Member Access Day or Free Family Day for performances that can be felt as much as seen.

This program is a part of Limited Edition, a thematic look at artistic lineage inspired in part by Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules. Organized by the museum’s online platform for arts and culture Open Space, Limited Edition features events at the museum and sister institutions CounterPulse, ODC Theater, The Lab, and Z Space.

About the Artists

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad collaborate as the BodyCartography Project. Their work began in public spaces across the Bay Area, and 2018 marks their 20th anniversary. BodyCartography’s mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies.

“We create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Our work is rooted in contemporary dance, somatic technique, education, socially engaged practice, and public art. We are deeply invested in the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.”
— BodyCartography Project

They have created performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals, and curatorial projects around the world presented by institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Performance Space 122, American Realness, Movement Research, TBA/Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lyon Opera Ballet, Lyon, Performance Arcade, New Zealand, Cinedans, Amsterdam, South East Dance, UK, and Polish Public Television, amongst others.

Honors include a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2015 and the Twin Cities City Pages Dance Company of the Year Award in 2013, and residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Tallahassee, and Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin. They are featured artists in Site Dance, the Lure of Alternative Spaces (2009; University Press of Florida) and Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance (2015; Routledge).

Upcoming projects include a commission for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

Select programs presented in conjunction with Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules are made possible with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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Curator's Notes

BodyCartography Project insists on the body as a fact. In pieces like action movie, felt room, and Lineage, story arcs give way to the often uncomfortable certainties of physical presence. The viewing body meets a moving body insisting on the encounter — this encounter — itself.

In action movie, a single dancer directs an audience of one to move here and look there. Together, the two build a reel of short scenes out of the environment at hand. felt room plunges its viewers into an open though often dark stage, with the proximity of the dancers heard and felt as much as seen. One’s somatic awareness gets switched on. The viewer can’t lose her body to the theater’s safe seats.

Like Lineage, whose soloist draws from an immigrant’s abandoned landscape, BodyCartography Project pulls the past into the present. What does it mean to take the world in right now, enlarging things we’ve learned and forgotten how to do, like riding a bike or surfing for the first time? And just like then, one feels how precarious this new physicality can be, how one unseen car door or mistimed start can disrupt the balance. BodyCartography Project builds these balancing acts: between performer and audience, between the rote action and the living one, between surprise and recognition.

The work reminds us how much social buffering needs to exist between people, like the first train passengers learning to ignore each other during long commutes. BodyCartography Project works to suspend these conventions. They wonder instead: what new social relationships can we build, if we only pay very, very close attention to how our bodies might feel their way around each other?

Frank Smigiel, associate curator, performance and film

BodyCartography Project’s felt room and action movie and Otto Ramstad’s Lineage are presented as a part of SFMOMA’s Performance All Ages and Limited Edition series.

About Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad collaborate as BodyCartography Project, whose work began in public spaces across the Bay Area. 2018 marks their twenty-year anniversary. BodyCartography Project’s mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies.

They have created performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals, and curatorial projects around the world, presented by institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Performance Space 122, American Realness, Movement Research, TBA/Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lyon Opera Ballet, Lyon, Performance Arcade, New Zealand, Cinedans, Amsterdam, South East Dance, UK, and Polish Public Television, amongst others.

Honors include a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2015 and the Twin Cities City Pages Dance Company of the Year award in 2013, as well as residencies from Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Tallahassee, and Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin. They are featured artists in Site Dance, the Lure of Alternative Spaces (2009) published by University of Florida Press and Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance (2015) published by Routledge.

Schedule

felt room
Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2018
Noon–3 p.m.
Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

action movie
Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2018
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Floor 1, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium
Floor 2, Helen and Charles Schwab Hall
Floor 3, Sculpture Terrace
Floor 5, Silver Elevator Landing

Lineage
Thursday, March 15, 2018
7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2018
Noon and 3:30 p.m.
Floor 2, Helen and Charles Schwab Hall

*Please note that each performance of Lineage is 20 minutes long.

Company

Choreographer/Director/Performer/Producer

Olive Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement educator and therapist, and cultural producer who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. She studied at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed her MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She is a certified Body-Mind Centering® teacher and certified DanceAbility teacher, working with performers of all abilities.

Choreographer/Performer

Otto Ramstad holds a BA in Dance, Improvisation, and the Moving Image, from Goddard College and is a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering(r). He has been featured in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Lisa Schmitt, Scott Wells, and Kitt Johnson. Ramstad’s solo work has been performed in Denmark, Finland, England, Paris, New Zealand, Italy, and around the US. He is a recipient of the 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, the 2010 McKnight Foundation Fellowship, a 2006 Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship, and a two-time DanceWeb Scholarship recipient at Impulstanz. He was also nominated for a Rolex Protégé Award in 2007. Together with Olive, Ramstad was an artist in residence at Carleton College 2016–17.

felt room Performers

Emma Barber is a dance artist living and working in Minneapolis. Emma likes to engage with the doers, makers, and thinkers of the Minneapolis performance scene and has worked with BodyCartography Project, Morgan Thorson, HIJACK, Maggie Bergeron, Samantha Johns, Mad King Thomas, TU Dance, and Ananya Chatterjea. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance, where she was active in performance and administrative roles.

Sarah Baumert, native to Nebraska, received a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Sarah has worked as a contemporary dancer with choreographers Xavier LeRoy, Emily Johnson, Sarah Smith, Daniel McCusker, and The Body Cartography Project, among others. As a somatics educator, she has held teaching positions at the Harvard, MIT, the University of Minnesota, and the Saint Paul Conservatory. As a performer, Sarah Baumert worked with many artists of different aesthetics and practices including, Xavier LeRoy, Nell Breyer, Steve Paxton, Sarah Smith, Gabrielle Revlock, Body Cartography, Emily Johnson, and ARENA dances. She teaches dance at the University of Minnesota, has a private yoga practice in Minneapolis, and is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner.

Maurya Kerr is a choreographer, educator, performer, and the artistic director of tinypistol, where her choreographic work has been honored by numerous awards, grants, and commissions. She is an ODC artist-in-residence (2015–18), and completed her MFA through Hollins University in 2016, writing her thesis on people of color and their access to, or prohibition from, wonderment. She most recently performed with The Foundry, and as a member of The Hard Corps, a year-long engagement with performance artist Julie Tolentino and three other bay area artists. In spring of 2017, in response to the election and her own need to engage in liberatory and cathartic practices, she helped inaugurate the tiny little get down, a quarterly dance party intended to defiantly and subversively fortify otherness through embodied joy and the power of the collective.

Julie Tolentino is a multidisciplinary artist who creates durational performance and movement-based installation. Tolentino was the originator of the Clit Club, a member of ACT UP and affinity groups House of Color and Art Positive, and is current co-editor for The Drama Review (TDR), MIT Press. Her practice explores movement, object-making, writing, mediation, and collaborative engagements.

Anna Martine Whitehead is a Chicago-based transdisciplinary artist interested in the body as material, as signal, as archive. She has been presented by venues across North America and Europe including Hyde Park Art Center; Watts Towers Art Center; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. She has contributed significantly to projects by the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, Taisha Paggett, Thomas Teurlais, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, and Julien Prévieux, among others. Martine has written for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, Art Practical, and Frieze, and contributed chapters to a range of publications including Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford, 2017). She is a grant recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).

Arwen Wilder is half of the choreographic collaboration HIJACK with Kristin Van Loon. Van Loon and Wilder grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993. HIJACK’s roots are in a liberal arts setting isolated in the mountains laid the foundation for experimentation, invention without precedent, and making dance out of everything but dance. HIJACK has taught and performed in New York (at DTW, PS122, HERE ArtCenter, Catch/Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Chocolate Factory), Japan, Russia, Central America, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, at Fuse Box Festival in Austin Texas, and Bates Dance Festival in Maine. In Minneapolis, HIJACK enjoys long relationships with Bedlam Theatre (as regulars at Romps), Red Eye Collaborations (as part of their Critical Core), Zenon Dance School (Wednesday morning Contact Improv class since 2000), and Bryant Lake Bowl (HIJACK’s 1996 “Take Me To Cuba” was the venue’s first ever dance concert).

action movie Performers

Joy Cosculluela is a somatic educator, choreographer, and performing artist. Cosculluela is artistic director of Wayfinding Performance Group, a multicultural ensemble in San Francisco. She has created full-length dance-theatre works Homing Devices and All that Remains, and presented at NOH Space, Z Below, Foolsfury, and has collaborated with many Bay Area artists. Cosculluela holds an MFA interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and is core faculty at Tamalpa Institute in Kentfield, CA.

Margit Galanter is a movement investigator and dance poet living in Berkeley, California. Over the past several years she has been developing both Cave Forms, which is a transdiciplinary dance project, and a vivid grove for moving and learning, which is vehicle for movement inquiry based in cultural practice, collective liberation, and nourishing life.

Rebecca Hasaltine has worked in several media over the past thirty years. She has shown her work extensively and has worked collaboratively with dancers, composers, and filmmakers. Hasaltine has had a studio at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco for over twenty-five years. She also is a certified Somatic Movement Therapist and does bodywork and movement education with children and adults.

Justin Jones has created work for choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Chris Schlichting, and Chris Yon. His choreography has been presented in across Minneapolis and NYC. He has danced with BodyCartography Project, Morgan Thorson, Karen Sherman, and was a member of Tere O’Connor Dance Co. from 2001–4.

Diana Lara is a choreographer, dancer, and somatic therapist from Honduras. She graduated from the choreography program of the Center for Research and Choreography at the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts, the Somatic Research and Participatory Arts program at Moving-on-Center in Oakland, and the Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) certification program in developmental movement. She teaches BMC, and contact classes in the Bay Area. She has choreographed and performed for twenty years in dance groups in Mexico, Honduras, and the Bay Area.

Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer, and artist born in New Zealand and based in Oakland. His work utilizes instruments, digital sound processing, and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure, and audience kinesthesia. His work has been presented internationally, including at the Soundwave Biennial (Gray Area, San Francisco) and Real Future Fair (Oakland Museum of California).

Karen Schaffman (PhD) is a dance artist, professor, program director, curator, and Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has collaborated in works by/with BodyCartography Project, Anya Cloud, Eric Geiger, Deborah Hay (FIRE, SPCP, 1999), Kristine Diekman, Jon LeFan, LIVE, Lower Left, Sara Shelton Mann, Nina Martin, Mary Peterson, Peter Pleyer, Leslie Seiters, and Nancy Stark Smith. Since 2001, Schaffman has been running the Dance Studies Program at California State University, San Marcos.

Crew

Composer and Sound Technician

Justin Jones has created work for choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Chris Schlichting, and Chris Yon. His choreography has been presented in across Minneapolis and NYC. He has danced with BodyCartography Project, Morgan Thorson, Karen Sherman, and was a member of Tere O’Connor Dance Co. from 2001–4.

Lighting

Mike Wangen has been a working lighting designer in the twin cities for over thirty years. His work can be seen in the Twin Cities at Pillsbury House, Illusion, History Theatre, the Fitzgerald Theater, and many others. Regional theater credits include Trinity Rep, Center Stage in Baltimore, the Guthrie, and Marin Theater Company. He has also worked extensively with performing artists Laurie Carlos, Sharon Bridgeforth, and Daniel Alexander Jones. His recent work includes a design for August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Marin Theatre Company in 2016 and he is very happy to be back in the Bay area. He is also a recipient of a McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship.

Performance All Ages Team

Curator

Frank Smigiel, associate curator, performance and film

Producer

Christian Davies, program associate, performance and film

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Sidsel Pape, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Judith Howard, Christina Chang, and Karen Schaffman.

felt room was developed in collaboration with Rebecca Haseltine, Kevin Dockery, Otto Ramstad, Utam Moses, Kosta Bogoievski, Josie Archer, Anna Marie Shogren, Sarah Baumert, Arwen Wilder, & Emma Barber.

Support for this project comes from Carleton College, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Alumni New Works grant and residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and an Arts Activity Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and BodyCartography’s 20th Anniversary donors.

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