BodyCartography Project

BodyCartography Project aims to engage with the vital materiality of the body. The principals, Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Their work is rooted in contemporary dance, somatic technique, education, socially engaged practice, and public art. BodyCartography Project is deeply invested in the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.

Over an eighteen-year collaboration, Bieringa and Ramstad have created projects across the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, UK, France, Russia and South America. Works range from intimate interventions in public space, large community site works, intimate installations for the museum, to complex works for the stage.


Olive Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement therapist and cultural producer who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, 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 teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and DanceAbility, working with performers of all abilities. Olive received the Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship in 2015 and a McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 2010.


Otto Ramstad holds a BA in Dance, Improvisation, and the Moving Image, from Goddard College and is a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. 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, NYC, around the USA. He is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship 2015, McKnight Foundation Fellowship 2010, an Archibald Bush Fellowship Artist 2006, twice a DanceWeb Scholarship recipient at Impulstanz, and was nominated for a Rolex Protégé Award in 2007.