When two artists come together to combine practices the work created, on very special occasions, becomes immaculately perfect. This was just the case when Scotty Hardwig and Andrea Olsen decided to join forces in the Spring and Summer of 2015.
Hardwig and Olsen, both MFA Alumni from the Dance Department, came together to collaborate on an visually stimulating film project, “Body and Earth: Seven Web-Based Somatic Excursions”.
These seven films are now available for free online in conjunction with Olsen’s books “The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making”, and “Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide”. Hardwig and Olsen’s experiences at the U span four decades. Both are current faculty members at Middlebury College in Vermont. Olsen also teaches at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California bringing embodiment practices into graduate courses on communication. The project was filmed on location in New England, London, and Wales, bringing together twelve dancers from seven countries in urban and rural landscapes. The project and related publications explore the relationship between dance and digital media, the horizontality of art and educational materials on the web, environmental practices, and language and movement as ways to enhance embodied awareness between people and place.