August 13-16

BodyCartography Project

closer lays bare the power of physicality and presence through a series of one-on-one dance performances, for one dancer and one audience, in public spaces across the Twin Cities all summer. closer multiplies into an expansive performance experience and dance party in the Red Eye Theater mid-August. Together we will play with how the meeting between performer and audience generates the possibility for something new.

Part 1:  FREE performances across the Twin Cities  June 13- August 9
(see schedule at

“I smiled, and she smiled. She had reminded me of my aliveness. How we each, always, are swimming in this sea of aliveness, and yet, like fish, perhaps we forget. We forget, and need each other to remind ourselves of our own beautiful, unfolding presence.” - Karl Kronin on closer

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

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Featuring performers
Anna Marie Shogren, Justin Jones, Dolo McComb, Otto Ramstad,
Olive Bieringa, Emma Barber, Kendra Dennard, Willa Bartolomay, 
Kimberly Lesik, Katie Burgess, Katelyn Skelley
and Elayna Waxse

DJ Wzz Wnshp
music composed by Justin Jones
costumes designed by Anna Marie Shogren
lighting by Mike Wangen

OLIVE BIERINGA and OTTO RAMSTAD (codirectors/performers) have been collaborating for 17 years as the BodyCartography Project. Together they investigate embodiment and empathy, and provoke aliveness as part of our everyday experience. They create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes and are deeply invested in the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. Their performances, films, and installations have been presented by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Performance122, Danspace, DTW and American Realness, NYC, CounterPulse, SF, TBA/Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia Dance Project, Kyoto Art Center in Japan, Anti-Festival, Finland, Stromereien Festival, Zurich, Lyon Opera Ballet, Lyon, South East Dance, Cheshire Dance, UK, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass, NZ International Film Festival, New Zealand, Cinedans, Amsterdam, and Polish Public Television amongst others. Honors include a grant a 2015 grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, being named Twin Cities City Pages Dance Company of the Year 2013, City Pages Artists of the Year 2008, Sage Award for Outstanding Performance 2008, Sage Award for Audience Choice 2006. Their site spectacle Lagoon was the winner of the Perlorous Trust Creativity Award at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2003. Their site work is featured in Site Dance, the Lure of Alternative Spaces, published by University of Florida Press.


Home page photo credit - Gene Pitman

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and Composer Forum’s Live Music for Dance Minnesota, Doris Duke Creative Exploration Fund,  American Dances Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commission by Legion Arts in partnership with Dance Place, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and NPN. Residency support from the Soap Factory, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota and Festival Warvie, Warsaw, Poland. Draft excerpts of closer have been presented at the Soap Factory, Dance USA conference, Arts Midwest Conference, Shoebox Gallery, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Walker Art Center’s Choreographers Evening, Bryant Lake Bowl, Future Interstates at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Minneapolis and Festival Warsovie, Warsaw, Poland.