S-6 / Spiral & Spine
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2017
This workshop explores the manifold manifestations of spirals and spiraling motion in our body, in particular the movement possibilities of the spine. It brings together a range of practices: Body-Mind Centering®, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, and Improvisation. We work with touch and movement with essential coordinations of how the limbs originate embryologically and how they articulate in our current body in a way that leaves the spine free to move through various rolls and improvisations.
People of diverse physicalities are very welcome. Wheelchair accessible studio.
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 Norway, Denmark, Finland, England, Paris, New Zealand, Italy, NYC, around the USA. He is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship 2015, McKnight Foundation Fellowship 2010, an Archibald Bush Fellowship Artist 2006, twice a DanceWeb Scholarship recipient at Impulstanz. Together with Olive Bieringa he is artistic director of the BodyCartography Project, which creates work in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes through experimental dance, video, somatics, education, socially engaged practice and public art. They have collaborated with composers, visual artists, scientists, and filmmakers including Emmett Ramstad, Zeena Parkins, Doug Aitken and Fritz Haeg. He follows the work of BMC beginning with his childhood dance teacher in 1986, Steve Paxton’s work of contact improvisation since 1996, Material for the Spine since 2010 and Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores since 2000. bodycartography.org