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The BodyCartography Project with Zeena Parkins

Super Nature, Walker Commission/World Premiere

“The BodyCartography Project is a group with a rare and wonderfully powerful gift to offer us.” —Twin Cities Daily Planet

Borne out of the restless imaginations of Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, this radical ecological melodrama is replete with artifice and animal appetites. The dance/performance/installation duo engages the wild and civilized aspects of human nature with idiosyncratic movements drawn from bodily impulses and social interactions.

Bessie Award–winning composer Zeena Parkins performs a live score within an elaborate scenic installation by visual artist Emmett Ramstad; dancers include Justin Jones, Timmy Wagner, Emily Johnson, Anna Shogren, and Otto Ramstad, with Eneka Bordato Riano and Francesca Mattavelli (both formerly with the Lyon Opera Ballet).

Copresented with the National Performance Network (NPN).

Related Events in the McGuire Theater

Postshow Reception

Thursday, October 25
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q&A

Friday, October 26
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.


Saturday, October 27
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. Hosted by local choreographer Rosy Simas and Walker tour guide Mary Dew.


Super Nature is an NPN Creation Fund project commissioned by the Walker Art Center in partnership with Performance Space 122, NYC, and PadlWest, San Diego, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Contemporary Art Centers (CAC) network, administrated by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).