CONVERSATION IN WITH ANDRÉA SPEARMAN, DANCERS’ GROUP ARTIST RESOURCE MANAGER
HEALTH AND WELLNESS. These are no longer just trending topics on Twitter and Instagram. Wellness no longer means an image of a woman in athleisure wear in a yoga pose trying to sell us branded water. Well- ness has taken on a more grounded and intimate meaning as we all con- tinue to re-examine our physical and mental health this year. In this edition of In Conversa- tion I spoke with Olivia Eng about her holistic practices and processes that guide her as an artist and cre- ator. After spinal surgery in 2012 she reconstructed her movement practices by healing and reconnecting with her herbalism and farming roots.
WITH ANDRÉA SPEARMAN
10 QUESTIONS IN 10 MINUTES
As our community continues to re-imagine hybrid performance and dance-making, the 10 in 10 interview series speaks to those right in the thick of creating dynamic dance works Lydia Clinton brings her bubbly and energetic personality to the virtual space of TikTok , Insta- gram and performing with companies such as Epiphany Dance Theater, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Capacitor and more. Javier Stell-Frésquez amplifies and uplifts the Two-spirit community through traditional & exper- imental performance and practices. “Two-Spirit” is a pan-tribal term describing individuals that embody both the feminine and the masculine. They are the Co-Director of the Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance that presents performances, workshops, and community circles. Don’t worry, I still asked them to show us their favorite dance moves. ;) Enjoy!
Olivia Eng is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, teacher, and choreographer. She is passionate about creating art, photography, holistic practices, herbal medicine, traveling, and connecting with community. Eng graduated from UC Irvine focusing on Dance Performance and Sociology. She has traveled the world collaborat- ing, performing, and studying with artists in traditional and contem- porary forms of West African movement, Brazilian, Indian dance, and more. She began developing the S.C.A.R.S. (Strength, Courage, and Resilience of the Soul) Project, with a mission to foster healing through dance, story-telling, poetry, art, cross cultural exchange and holistic practices. “ OLIVIA ENG “Since I couldn’t dance [ from my surgery] I was like I just need some kind of artistic outlet. Then the idea came of doing Kintsugi photogra- phy. It began as painting around the physical scar with gold makeup and honoring the scar.” — OLIVIA ENG LISTEN HERE
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