Photo by Jeston Sussman

Photo by Jeston Sussman

Bio // Olana Z Flynn is an independent artist. She is a graduate of Hampshire College/Five College Dance Department with a BA in Performance and Choreography and is currently an MFA student in Experimental Choreography at University of California Riverside. She is a recipient of a Dean's Distinguished Fellowship as well as an MFA Graduate Fellowship and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  

Prior to moving to Riverside she lived in Western Massachusetts where in addition to performing extensively she served as an adjunct faculty member in the Dance Department at Springfield College and as the Assistant Production Manager for the Five College Dance Department.In 2015, she co-founded LOCULUS, a performance collective, along with five other FCDD alumni. LOCULUS performs, often in collaboration with DIY musicians and artists in non-traditional performance spaces. In addition to performance LOCULUS publishes a journal which is in itself a site of creative intervention including essays, photographs, interviews, creative writing, and/or ephemera. She has had the privilege of studying and performing with artists such as Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Luis Lara Malvacias, Katie Martin, Paul Matteson, and Jennifer Nugent.

Research // My work lies at the intersection of dance improvisation, photography, production design, sound design, and theoretical research in vulnerability and ephemerality. Performed in non-traditional performance spaces and collaborative in nature, my work investigates how choreography might activate marginal/liminal spaces, seeks to blur and assumed roles of author, performer, and audience and attempts to push against the pervasive and exclusive capitalist modes of consuming performance.