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 dance and digital media artist, choreographer, improviser and teacher originally from southwest Virginia. With a specialization in digital dance, projection design, and motion capture for live performance, he works with dance videography/photography, projection design, Kinect, Processing, Isadora, and Ableton Live to create rich environments of visuals and sound influenced by the movements of the performing body. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Utah and Middlebury College, where he has taught a variety of courses in contemporary technique, improvisation and contact improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology, dance media, as well as site-specific dance and composition. Recent international projects include the Body & Earth webseries with Andrea Olsen (www.body-earth.org) and the Dance Company of Middlebury: Border | Zones in collaboration with the escuela profesional de danza de Mazatlán (EPDM). He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Utah where he received the Scott Marsh Mentorship and Teaching Award, and was most recently an artist-in-residence at Middlebury College (2014), a resident emerging artist at Bates Dance Festival (2015), and the artistic director of the Dance Company of Middlebury (2016-17). He is also a certified Gyrotonic© Trainer, and a freelance artist creating works for screen and stage across the U.S. and abroad.