Olana is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from New York. She holds an MFA in Experimental Choreography from University of California, Riverside and a BA from Hampshire College. She is a founding member of LOCULUS a dance and performance collective based in Northampton, MA that creates performance in non-traditional spaces and publishes The Loculus Journal. Olana’s work sits at the intersections of contemporary modern dance, photography, and electronic music. She draws on her experiences working as a choreographer and dance teacher as well as in dance production and grassroots political organizing. In her work she seeks to complicate notions of time by creating dynamic relationships between the human and non-human (sound, light, object, memory, theory) — the seen and unseen. She has had the privilege of studying and performing with artists such as Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Katie Martin, Paul Matteson, and Jennifer Nugent. Her work has been performed in New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, and throughout New England. Her photography has been featured in a number of zines and journals and has been exhibited at VSOP Projects in Greenport, NY. As an educator Olana has taught at Springfield College, the University of California Riverside, and as a guest artist at a number of high schools, studios, and festivals. 

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