The Creative Corporealities Research Group (CCRG) at Bath Spa University invites you to their upcoming public artist talk

‘Performing Ecologies’ –  collective embodied arts practices

CCRG artist talk with Olive Bieringa & Minou Tsambika Polleros       10/03/2022 6-8pm BST

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This CCRG artist talk brings together dance artists and scholars Olive Bieringa (NZ/NO) and Minou Tsambika Polleros (AT/UK) to discuss their work with dance and somatic arts processes as critical and collective practices of resistance and care in times of ecological crisis.

Olive Bieringa  reflects on more than two decades of work with the BodyCartography Project which aims to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. They create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes.  Their work is rooted in experimental dance, somatic and socially engaged practice. Their current project ‘Resisting Extinction’ offers practices for living and dying together on a damaged earth. It invites us to not only look forward but to look around and notice what we are losing, to hone our skills and practice embodied knowing to repair our relational field. 

Minou Tsambika Polleros will introduce her work with the arts organisation and their upcoming symposium ‘Sentient Performativities: Thinking Alongside the Human’(2022). Her outdoor performance practice ‘homing-in: radical capacities of the sensate’ is an ongoing work in outdoor natural environments that activates a mode of sensing  – a ‘Visceral Empathy’- as a potentially remedial practice to the increasing symptoms of environmental apathy, increasing sensory deprivation, the intellectually thought and bodily felt separateness from the rest of the animate world. Her work with the art organisation creates a platform to investigate the manifold dialogues between the human and natural worlds. The 2022 symposium investigate how somatic practices can foster embodied ecological awareness and communication between the human and other than human worlds. 


Olive Bieringa is 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 collaborates with Otto Ramstad as the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. She is a doctoral candidate at the Theatre Academy, Uniarts Arts, Helsinki.

Minou Tsambika Polleros

As dance practitioner, choreographer and Social Sculpture practitioner, Minou has been researching the capacity of visceral empathyand embodied cognition as essential antidote to an increasing collective disembodiment and separation from an ecological self. She is developing practices for inner and outer homemaking, as processes that cultivate literacy in being viscerally empathetic with what is alive in and around the human experience. Minou is interested in an expanded perspective on the dance practitioner who is actively cultivating connective capacities and choreographic forms, essential in the endeavour to create an embodied system change in both environmental and social arenas. Minou is currently working as ‘’ assistant director. Minou has been a member of the Institute of the Study of Somatic Communication steered by Nita Little since 2019. She is passionate about her own arts practice and increasingly aims to create platforms for social, environmental and artistic practice dialogues.