Olya Glotka was born in Ukraine but moved on to travel the world as soon as she could - at the age of 18, finally settling in Canada years later. She has been a dancer for over 5 years since she discovered the joy and power of Contact Improvisation. But her latest passion is filmmaking and particularly dance film making. Her goal is to spread the joy of dance with others, share people’s stories and inspire more people to move and express themselves creatively..
Olya Glotka has collaborated with many dancers and filmmakers, won local and international awards (“Best Soundtrack” at Snowdance festival by Peterborough’s Trent Film Society, gold prize at Contact Dance International Film Festival), her films were screened at other festivals and events (New Blue Dance Festival, Create-Move-Connect) and some of her films have over 4,000 online views.
Her biggest project to date is 30 Days of Contact - a social experiment of bringing contact improvisation out into the world. Capturing guerilla style impromptu contact dances in unconventional places or circumstances (shopping malls, underground parking, art galleries and cafes, parks and beaches, wheelchairs, benches, fences, dogs and children). Over 200 people were involved in the creation of this series and the final film has over 4,000 views online.
Olya's work is meaningful and dedicated to the art of storytelling!
Thoughts About Art and Community
I strive to use the tools of filmmaking for social change. My film "Contact Dance for Every Body" featuring a wheelchair user has caused major changes in the local dance communities. It gave birth to monthly dance classes and jams for people of all abilities (specifically tailored for wheelchair users) and it made the Contact Dance International Film Festival to become fully wheelchair accessible in order to accommodate wheelchair dancer who was featured in one of the films. That lead to many articles in local as well as specialized magazines promoting accessibility and offering a different perspective on "disabled" bodies.
By featuring dancers of all abilities, skin colours and walks of life, my goal is to inspire people to be more inclusive. And by creating a lot of content, my goal is to inspire people to be more active members of their communities.
Dance workshops, contact improv jams, filmmaking, dance film screenings