Olive Bieringais a dance, performance and visual artist working at the intersection of social and creative practice, pedagogy, and healing. She is a teacher, and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and a program director of Somatic Education Australasia. She has curated art and science projects for Public Art St. Paul, and Earthdance in Massachusetts. She is part of team that runs PRAXIS Oslo, a laboratory for the study of dance and movement-based forms in Oslo, Norway. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Dance at UniArts, Helsinki.
Otto Ramstadis a dance artist who works with movement research to create performances, video work and installations for theaters, galleries, museums and different site and context specific encounters. He began studying Body-Mind Centering® in 1981 at six years old with his first dance teacher Suzanne River and is now a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® , teaching internationally and working as the Educational Director of Somatic Education Australasia. He has a MA in Choreography from KHiO, Oslo. He has worked intensively over the last twenty years with primary teachers: with Lisa Nelson, assistant teaching for Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of Body-Mind Centering®, and since 2010 with Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine which he teaches for Paxton internationally including at Steve Paxton: Swimming in Gravity, Brussels. He has been dancing in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Sara Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Mia Habib and Kitt Johnson. His most recent work Lineage was at Riksscenen as part of the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2020.
Gry Kipperbergis a dance artist based in Oslo. She studied at Khio and Merce Cunningham Studio in New York and has worked with several companies, choreographers and other dancers since 1990. In 1999 she established the company Wee together with choreographer Francesco Scavetta, with whom she has worked and toured extensively internationally. She is employed by Skuespiller- og Danseralliansen since 2013 and is also certified as a BMC Somatic Movement Educator. As a dancer Gry has received several grants and was awarded the Rolf Gamlengprisen in 2012.
Kristina Gjemswas trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1984. Her works include stage and site-specific productions as well as dance films. She has been practicing and teaching T’ai Chi for many years, which influences her movement vocabulary and inspires her artistic approach and expression.
Hanna Filomen Mjåvatnworks as a freelance performing artist, currently for gender house festival, bora bora with artists Linn and Tone Lorentzen, her own production shifting modes with Sverigjes Konstforeningar, and for Runa Carlsen at OsloKunstforening. She finished her master in Performance at the Norwegian Theater Academy in 2020. She has also worked as a co-creative performer and maker for several artists such as Erikk Mckenzie, Mia Habib, Elle Sofe Henriksen, the organisation TekstLab and dans 5.
Bernt Isak Wærstadis a musician, sound and multi-media artist, programmer and instrument designer holding a MA in Music Technology from Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU).Musically he is working within a wide variety of genres such as electro-acoustic free-improvisation, noise-rock, electronic pop and afro pop. As a performer his musical language is constantly evolving in synergy with his mutable electronic instruments. His artistic activity also expands into the world of performance arts, theatre and sound installations, where he has been working as a sound designer, instrument builder, composer, programmer and performing sound engineer.
Carla Bottiglieriis an independent researcher and practitioner of somatic approaches to movement. She is certified as Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Somatic Movement Educator and Practitioner/Teacher from the School of Body-Mind Centering®, as well as Rolfing®/Structural Integration Practitioner. She holds a Master Degree in Aesthetics from the University of Salerno, Italy, and a Master in Performing Arts/Dance Studies from the University of Paris 8, France. Carla has been performing and collaborating with several dance and theatre companies in Europe, increasingly orienting her interest towards the investigation of aesthetics, clinics and politics of gestures. She is been involved in long-term action-research projects, addressing somatics as a potential resource for questioning body politics and contributing to enlarge the meaning of care and community, together with associations of people dealing with HIV/Aids (University of Paris 8/Sidaction, 2008-2012) and teams of somatic artists and educators across Europe engaged in exchanges and dialogue with families and children with diverse abilities (Project SPARKS, 2013-2015). She is currently based in Faenza, Italy where she is part of minima somatica together with Thomas Greil.
Katja Henriksen Schiais a Norwegian artist working in the intersection of dance, performance, and visual arts. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance from KHIO. In her practice, she uses drawing and dancing to enlarge collective and subjective understandings of perception, time, and imagination. She is in collaboration with various artists and art collectives. She currently has a work grant from Norsk Kulturråd for the period 2021 - 23. Katja is engaged in Praxis Oslo to emphasise the importance of community and shared knowledge in the field of experimental dance and performance.
Konrad Obermeieris the editor for Kiener Verlag (Munich) of the Embryological writings of Dr. Erich Blechschmidt. He studied Communication and Anthropology, University Munich. Since 1991 he has run a Somatic Praxis in Rolfing and is on the faculty Rolf Institute (USA) since 1996.
Scott F. Gilbertis the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology, emeritus, at Swarthmore College, as well as a Finland Distinguished Professor, emeritus, at the University of Helsinki. Trained as a developmental biologist and historian of science, Scott has been pursuing research in evolutionary developmental biology as well as studying the complex interactions between embryology, evolution, genetics, and ecology. His scientific research has focused on how evolutionary novelty comes into existence through changes in gene expression and changes in symbiont acquisition. His philosophical studies have most recently concerned the implications of the holobiont and process views of organisms to biology, philosophy, conservation efforts, medicine, and public health. He currently has three books in print: (1) Developmental Biology, (2) Ecological Developmental Biology, and (3) Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Tartu (Estonia), as well as receiving the Kowalevsky Prize in evolutionary developmental biology, the Viktor Hamburger Prize from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Service Award from the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, and a John Simon Guggenheim Award for his research. He.has participated in Vatican panels concerning embryology and religion. In 2016, he presented a lecture on developmental biology to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
Thomas Greilis a practitioner and trainer of Body-Mind Centering®, a JKA (Jeremy Krauss Approach) practitioner and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT). He is teaching and directing Infant Developmental Movement Educator programs in Europe, the US and South America since 2003 and is one of the co-founders of moveus as well as SOMA in France. He has extensive experience with babies and newborns. His work is particularly dedicated to the accompaniment of families with children with fragilities. He created the project “Making Connections” to support families with children with disabilities. He lives in Faenza, Italy, where he directs minima somatica together with Carla Bottiglieri, a nucleus of somatic research in practices and narratives of embodiment.
Stefania Consigliereis researcher in Anthropology at the University of Genoa, where she teaches Anthropology and Anthropology of knowledge systems and where she has organized two post-graduate courses in Ethnomedicine and ethnopsychiatry. Her main research lines focus on the debate over “human nature” and the processes through which human beings are produced by (and, in their turn, produce) the culture they belong to; and on the epistemological, ontological and ethical questions that arise when the anthropological precept of “taking other seriously” is, in its turn, taken seriously. She is author of more than 150 publications, among which are Antropo-logiche. Mondi e modi dell’umano (“Anthropo-logics. Human worlds and ways”, Colibrì 2014), Mondi multipli 1 and 2 (“Multiple worlds”, Kainos 2014, Strumenti di cattura (“Tools for capture”, with Paolo Bartolini, Jaca Book 2019) and Favole del reincanto (“Fables of the re-enchantment”, DeriveApprodi 2020).
Kristine Gjemsis a costume designer based in Oslo, educated at the National Academies of Arts in Bergen and Oslo. She has been designing costumes, masks and scenography for theatre and dance over the last ten years.
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Mandy Herrickis a dance artist and somatic movement educator based in Wisconsin, U.S. She has worked with BMC™ teacher Suzanne River, Jane Hawley, Rosy Simas, The BodyCartography Project and Nita Little among others. The relationship between body and place are generative sources for her dance/video work. She is co-founder of WEdances Movement Collaborative and teaches somatic movement and dance for children and adults.
Kim Sargent-Wishartis an educator, researcher & artist specializing in somatic movement methodologies across a range of applications, including continuing education, creative development and leadership. She teaches classes (in person and online) based in Body-Mind Centering®, somatic writing and contemplative photography. Research & practice interests include embryology as a model for embodiment and creative practice, somatic writing, contemplative photography & perceptual process. Residing near Melbourne Australia, Kim is administrative director and teacher on the SME program at Somatic Education Australasia (SEA). She is a Certified Practitioner (1999) and Teacher (2019) of Body-Mind Centering® and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist (ISMETA).
Vanessa Chappleis a performing arts director, artist and educator who works across the disciplines of theatre, dance, voice, sound-art and music Her creative works range from solo theatre for intimate settings inspired by personal story, to large scale community performance projects which provide opportunities for participation in the making and performance of live music and theatre and dance.
Fiona Harrissonis a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne.
Maria Bartilotti MatosGraduated in medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, she is a specialist in radiology. She approached contemporary dance at Balleteatro and Dance Center of Porto, with a strong dynamic of contact and improvisation. She also has concluded editing courses for cinema and video, currently collaborating with the documentary cinema nucleus KINO-DOC. In 2017 she started a PhD in dance at Faculdade de Motricidade Humana of University of Lisboa. Her research involves movement practices from an anatomical and ontological perspective, with an emphasis on embryology.
Vasiliki Tsagkarihas studied education at the Early childhood Education Department of University of Athens and Dance at the City of Bristol College in the U.K. She has studied improvisation techniques, release and releasing techniques, Alexander technique, martial arts and physical theatre. She is a certified teacher of SkinnerReleasing Technique (introductory) since 2017. Since 2004 she has been showing her personal work and collaborating with dancers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists, creating performances and performing in theatre, music and dance projects in Greece, England, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.