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BodyCartography Project celebrates 20 years of making dances

Press Release – BodyCartography
BodyCartography Project celebrates 20 years of making dances with a new
commission for Te Papa’s permanent collection and an immersive installation for
the Performance Arcade in 2018.

Body Cartography Project was founded in 1998 by New Zealander Olive Bieringa in Wellington and San Francisco with Otto Ramstad (USA). Together they have created performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals and curatorial projects around the world.

Honors include a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2015, the Twin Cities City Pages Dance Company of the Year award in 2013 and multiple NZ Fringe Festival awards between 1998 and 2003 for the site spectacle Lagoon, amongst other works. (http://bodycartography.org/portfolio/frank-kitts/)

The mission of BodyCartography Project is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of
embodiment, relationship, and presence.

In March 1998 they presented 23 projects around the Wellington waterfront. In March 2018 they will present a 13 hour performance installation felt room at the Performance Arcade, alongside a new performance commission for the permanent collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa as part of Abstract Aotearoa.

In March they will also present work at SFMOMA in San Francisco as part of the Robert Rauschenberg Erasing the Rules exhibition. In the summer of 2018 they will present four projects at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

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