Cast, Stage, Author | Dark Horse/Black Forest | Center of Sleep
Heather Olson is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City since 1997. As a performer, she has received New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for her body of work with Tere O’Connor (2010) and for her performance in Yanira Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest (2009). Olson worked with O’Connor from 1997 – 2015, with Yanira Castro from 2000 – 2009 and has also has also had the pleasure of working with Karl Anderson, Jennifer Allen, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Levi Gonzalez, Stacy Grossfield, Heather Kravas, Susan Rethorst, Vicky Shick, Donna Uchizono, and Larissa Velez-Jackson.
Olson’s choreography has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory (Shy showoff –2011), the Olgas Zitluhinas Dejas Kompanija in Riga, Latvia (Your Experience Here – 2010), Sugar Salon (in the river – 2009), and Dance Theater Workshop (Curious awake not possible – 2008). Her work has also been presented by Danspace Project, Dance Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, La Mama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Catch!, Solonova Arts Festival (at P.S. 122), the International Computer Music Conference, Gorillafest and LIT at 100 Grand, and Creature Feature in Berlin, Germany.
Olson was the recipient of a 2011 BAX Space Grant and was selected for the 2008/2009 Sugar Salon; a creative residency, performance, and mentoring program created by Wax in partnership with the Barnard College Dance Department.
Olson received a BFA in dance from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and beautiful daughter.