olive theory is an interdisciplinary duo formed by Shion Skye Carter and Stefan Nazarevich.

Together, their work seeks to investigate the roles they have conceived for themselves as artists, and actively challenge them. To re-define these roles, they cohabitate the performance and studio space as equal partners and performers, rather than “dancer” and “musician”, and extend this negotiation of shared space to the technology that assists them. The technology that they work with is also a collaborator and performer, rather than simply an external element that highlights the performing bodies. This shared space was first realized in olive theory‘s debut performance, Tripwire (2018). Through building their own structural spaces and instruments, they forge a high level of intimacy with the materials that they work with; it is this level of intimacy that allows time and space to be suspended.

Their most recent project, reach-close, exists at the intersection between live sound, embodied performance, and installation art. The duo worked as Artists in Residence at What Lab in Vancouver, during their Summer 2019 program. The project premiered with two sold-out shows at Left of Main in Vancouver, co-presented by plastic orchid factory, on October 6th 2019.