Reflections on the performance felt room by BodyCartography Project The performance space is a stage-less, featureless, roomy white cube with only the functional elements in it: white dance floor, lights, speakers, no chairs. Five dancers share floor with the audience. A pile of white cloth in the corner: dancers will use that. Most of the audience members sit along walls, but some break off towards the center of the space, wondering among dancers before taking position on the floor. One…
BodyCartography Project is the Minneapolis and Oslo based dance collaboration of Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, who are partnering with WAM this summer. In celebration of their twentieth anniversary BodyCartography will present four pieces: action movie, the one-on-one collaboration between a dancer and a viewer on a personalized score; felt room, a three-hour spacetime environment built of light, darkness, movement, and soundscapes; Lineage, an embodied narrative of a dancer’s artistic lineage and ancestral heritage; and a collaboration project between somatic movement practitioners, dancers, and UMN medical students on understanding embryonic development.
Traditional performances are mostly structured situations: performers tell a story to viewers, who in turn agree to embrace it as real and suspend their own reality. BodyCartography’s performances are different—creators ask the viewers to embrace their own reality instead of suspending it. Each piece has a unique story, an entry point from which the performance will evolve and viewers are responsible for this evolution as much as the dancers.
Performances by BodyCartography Project are a part of the new program for creative collaboration at WAM: a uniquely dynamic museum space dedicated to supporting creative collaborative practices across disciplines and sectors.
A meaningful collaboration is, first of all, a conversation: a delicate balance between careful listening and pursuing one’s own goals; between working within the conventions and staying free; between developing a common language and safeguarding your own. Collaboration is a performance: it necessitates a constant awareness of not being alone, of embracing the public exposure and the personal vulnerability. Collaboration is a dance.
Come and experience BodyCartography Project at WAM and join in.
Hear from the BodyCartography Project’s Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad.
Place of Space
A research collaboration between dancers, U of MN Medical School assistant professor Anthony Weinhaus, and U of MN Medical School students on understanding embryonic development. The field of dance represented by BodyCartography Project is part of the somatic movement practice—one that relies on the unity of mind and body, not distinguishing between ideas and the movement of the body. The public is welcome to be present at the workshop and listen and participate in dancers’ conversations.
Wednesday, August 8
8:15 p.m, Artist Talk
felt room is an immersive performance installation designed to conjure imagination, speculation, and perception, engaging viewers in a practice of vibrant potentiality. In the darkness of felt room viewers are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination.
action movie is a one-on-one performance practice designed to activate our sensing bodies to connect fully with the places we are. Each performance is 20 minutes long.