Susan Osberg: writer/dancer/choreographer/ teacher/filmmaker
Interlochen Arts Academy, diploma, Juilliard BFA, Columbia University Teachers College MA
Susan Osberg grew up in Maine and her father edited and helped map the geology of the state. She is married to painter Winston Roeth and they live in Waldoboro, Maine and Beacon, New York. As artistic director of Workwith Dancers Company, Susan Osberg has worked experimentally and collaboratively with new music composers and visual artists since 1979.
Next Wave Festival in DANCE by Lucinda Childs at BAM: As a contemporary dancer, she performed in the avant garde 1979 production of the first Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, dancing in a famous collaboration of Lucinda Childs, Sol LeWitt and Philip Glass. She is still dancing in the film by Sol Lewitt, though after an injury, she began choreographing her own work.
As artistic director of Workwith Dancers Company, she performed and taught internationally in Canada, Sweden, Tunisia, Jordan, Italy, France, Holland and Estonia. In New York City she worked with her company on group projects, performing at Danspace Project, DTW, St. Mark’s Church, The Joyce-Soho, Judson Church (Movement Research), The Whitney Museum, PS 122, Theater of the Open Eye, Riverside Dance Theater, The Cunnigham Studio and what was then Dia, (Dia Center for the Arts.)
The Body as Language: an Anthology edited by poet Edwin Torres, includes her work. To date, she has written two Historical Fiction novels as she simultaneously focuses on community/environmental choreography, and video collabrations. Susan Osberg was a 2012 Artist Fellowship recipient in choreography from the Dutchess County Arts Council for her film Broken Words, a collaboration with Kathleen Anderson. Workwith Dancers Company received a NYSCA 2022 grant for her film Remembering Pina, hiring Beacon composer Jeremiah Marcus to make an original sound track. Her short film, Mining the Moon was completed (2020-2021) during Covid and has traveled the world to international festivals winning laurels and awards. She has shown Remembering Pina (memories from dancers on the works of German choreographer Pina Bauch) as a work in progress at the Beacon Film Festival, Pentacle Presents and at a DAB 2017 Festival in Göteborg, Sweden. Susan Osberg taught and showed her film Mining the Moon at Maine Media. A new solo based on the Medicine Wheel and mandala circle was performed in Dance Across Borders 2022 in Estonia. It was made into a new film Wheel of Time, recently shot in Beacon by Tom Moore, the cinematographer of her films.
West: Susan’s teachers have been many and they include her first Ballet teacher in Maine, Madame Swinford and her later Ballet teachers, Alfredo Corvino, and Janet Panetta and Maggie Black. She danced with the following companies: Helen McGehee, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Rondo Dance Theater, Paul Sanasardo, Manuel Alum, Lucinda Childs. She took classes with Merce Cunningham and Robert Ellis Dunn. She studied Butoh with Min Tanaka and Natsu Nakajima, contact and improv with Nina Martin, Simone Forti and mind/body release technique with Nancy Topf.
East: Her spiritual work has always interfaced her dance career. She has studied world traditions in much the same way as she is an interdisciplinary artist. She had a healing practice in NYC and studied with a Turkish Sufi and his IM School of Healing Arts. She followed a Sufi Master, Adnan Sarhan, became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, studied Shamanic work & writing with Chipmunk (Evan Pritchard). Now, she is a practicing Buddhist and does Qui Qong every day.