Photo by Jeston Sussman

Photo by Jeston Sussman

Olana Z. Flynn is an independent artist and a second-year MFA Candidate in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside. She holds a BA from Hampshire College/The Five College Dance Department. She is a recipient of a Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship, a fellowship from the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, and the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award. Prior to moving to Riverside, she lived in Western Massachusetts where, in 2015, she co-founded LOCULUS, a performance collective, along with five other FCDD alumni. LOCULUS performs often incollaboration with DIY musicians and artists in non-traditional performance spaces. In addition to performance, LOCULUS publishes a journal that is a site of creative intervention including essays, photographs, interviews, creative writing, and/or ephemera. The first volume of the journal was funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council. Most recently LOCULUS toured a new work created while in residence at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 2014-2016 Olana held a position as adjunct faculty in the Dance Department at Springfield College. 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. Olana’s work and her work with LOCULUS has been performed extensively in Western Massachusetts and New York as well as in Portland, Maine; Brattleboro, Vermont; Boston,