Ellen Oliver

Third Year MFA in Dance Candidate, Choreography Track
Ellen Oliver's current research explores the intersections of rock climbing and choreography. Her summer 2022 Digital Library Publishing Studio Fellowship looked at the data flow of rock climbing sequences through the Perception Neuron 3 body suit, Unreal Engine, and Isadora software. Her upcoming thesis is a collaboration with digital media and sound artists to animate 3D climbing holds through an OptiTrack motion capture system. Her work often incorporates green screen rock climbing and Isadora software. She was the 2020 White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence and has spent several summers as a Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow, Maine. Ellen has performed with several dance companies across New England, including Lorraine Chapman the Company and Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co., and she is a living statue at TEN31 Productions. In 2023, Ellen was a graduate research assistant for the NSF-funded Blue-Green Action Platform and created a screendance about aquatic nitrate pollution. Ellen is from Blackstone, MA and attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and received a BA at Hampshire College in 2016. 

Research interests

  • Site specific
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Choreographies of rock climbing
Ellen Oliver dancing on a stage
BA, Performance and Choreography, Hampshire College

University of Iowa
W126 Halsey Hall (HH)
Iowa City, IA 52245
United States