prefestival workshop | 29.7. - 2. August 2019
VeraMantero class
Somatics / Presence / Creative process
for experienced performers and choreographers
We will lead an embodied practice in movement expression and creation using the somatic approach of Body-Mind Centering®. BMC® utilizes experiential study through application of anatomical, physiological, and developmental principles in hands-on practice, movement, and sound exploration. We will mine the material of our bodies to generate content for our dance making by utilizing the support of different body systems. We will focus on the artist as performer and our role in conveying content while understanding their audience. We will explore the balance of internal and external awareness and intention in performative contexts.

We will work with:

  • Consciousness and Presence
  • Enhancing mobility and stability through the bones and fluids
  • Engaging principles of alignment through the diaphragms
  • Playing with organ expression to find subtlety and power
  • Exploring the anatomy of breathing and vocalization
  • Discovering the magical alignment and performativity of the endocrine system
  • Transforming sensory perception systems
  • Finding dynamic range and balance in the nervous system


Olive Bieringa NZ/NO & Otto Ramstad US/NO
Vera Mantero

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad collaborate as the BodyCartography Project. For over twenty years we create works and workshops that engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create live performance, films, festivals and installations. Our recent works address questions of embodiment, kinesthetic empathy, transmission, and audiencing and exists in the encounter between audience and performer. We are interested in what new social relationships we can build if we pay close attention to how our bodies might feel their way around each other.

Somatic and improvisational practice inform the ground of our practice. We have studied extensively with Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. We are certified teachers of Body-Mind Centering®, an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. We teach dance and BMC® internationally. We direct Somatic Education Australasia’s Somatic Movement Educator Program which opens in Melbourne in October 2019. Otto has been teaching Paxton’s Material for the Spine across the US and Europe.