This project was created by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose with dance & digital media artist Scotty Hardwig and collaborating performers and videographers. The films are for individual and educational use, providing web-based resources to accompany the authors’ quartet of books:
The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making. Wesleyan University Press (Olsen and McHose, 2014)
How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. North Atlantic Press (McHose and Frank, 2006)
Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide. UPNE (Olsen, 2002)
Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy. Station Hill Press/UPNE (Olsen, 1991/2004).
Funding was provided by the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative at Middlebury College, with filming on location in Middlebury, Vermont; Bramble Hill Farm in Massachusetts; Pen Pynfarch Retreat Center in Wales, and London, England.
Movement explorations occur at your own risk. The authors are not responsible for any injuries.
Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and has held the John Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. Author of The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide; and Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy with Caryn McHose, she performs and teaches internationally. She currently offers courses for Middlebury programs in both Vermont and Monterey, California and is a certified Embodyoga® instructor. www.andrea-olsen.com
Caryn McHose has taught perception-based movement for over forty-five years. She is the co-author, with Kevin Frank, of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness and collaborator for the books, Bodystories and The Place of Dance with Andrea Olsen. She has a private practice in somatic movement therapy and teaches somatic work and structural integration in the US and internationally. She is a Rolf Movement®Practitioner, Certified Rolfer™, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Registered Biodynamic Cranial Therapist, and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. www.resourcesinmovement.com
Scotty Hardwig is a dancer, choreographer, and digital media artist originally from the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia. With a specialization in motion capture software and computer programming for live performance, he works heavily with dance videography/photography, projection design, Kinect motion capture, Processing, Isadora, and Ableton Live to create rich environments of visuals and sound influenced by the movements of the performing body. He received is MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, and was most recently an Artist-in-Residence at Middlebury College (2014-15) and a resident artist at Bates Dance Festival (2015). He is also a certified Gyrotonic© Trainer, the director of the Middlebury MoCap Lab for digital choreography and motion capture, and the Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Middlebury College. www.hardwigDance.com