The Moving Memory Incubator: And Action Art Workshop

Using the available range of motion, participants will explore relating story, concept, or mood through physical movement in a performance setting. Based on the ever-evolving techniques and aesthetics of butoh-inspired dance, Dr. Gerardo will lead a three-day workshop to examine and develop skills to nurture the ability to put the intention of imagination into immediate physical effect and to interact spontaneously with others toward the goal of performance, which will be shared at the end of the workshop in a public presentation.

No prior experience required.
Minimum age 16 years old (exceptions for those with prior dance training.)
The workshop will culminate in a showing that will be open to the general public on May 17 @ 2pm.
Early registration provides discounts and is highly recommended.
Space is limited for Packages #2 & #3.
Early Bird discount ends on February 14, 2020.
Multiple levels of participation are available. Please read the following carefully to select your desired level of registration.

Pricing and Schedule:

Package #1: Action Art Student (all ages and abilities)--$25
Thursday, May 14, 7-9pm Public Welcome
Introduction Talk with Film PLUS admission to performance May 17

Package #2: Workshop Participant
$180 early bird/$200 regular/$220 Day-of registration
Includes Package #1 PLUS:
Friday, May 15, 5-9pm
Basic Principles & Theory; Creative Exporation & Practice
Saturday, May 16, 12-3pm
Theory & Pratix

Package #3: Workshop Performer
$255 early bird/ $275 regular/ $$295 Day-of
Includes Packages#1 & #2 PLUS:
Saturday, May 16, 2-5pm
Exploration & Coordination
Sunday, May 17, 12-2pm
Warm-up, Practice & Preparation

Sunday, May 17, 2-3pm--Open to the Public
Performance presentation --Suggested donation of $10

Short Bio for Hortense Gerardo:
Hortense Gerardo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Performing Arts at Lasell College and the Artist In Residence at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. Her teachers in butoh include Maureen Fleming, SU-EN, Katsura Kan, Atsushi Takenouchi, Eiko and Komo, Tadshi Endo, Mari Osanai, Akira Kasai, Moeno Wakamatsu, and Ko Murobushi. Recent works include: RAZE THE BAR (Fence International Network in La Charité-Sur-Loire) SHADOW | PROOF HOUSE, GLASS HEART SOLOS and CRAFTING HIGH ART (Nuit Blanche, Toronto). Commissioned works include, Amputation for Project Guggenheim, American Rose, for the American Friends Service Committee and Smith College, and Drums of a Common Language for Odaiko New England.

For more information: and
TWITTER: @hfgerardo

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MONICA CALLAN has been making theater for decades, with a varied repertoire including a particular penchant for directing and supporting new works in development. She has trained with various professional stage and film masters, and received a bachelors degree in Theater Arts from Emerson College, and Arts Administration Certificate from NYU, and is an alumni of the Atlantic School of Acting in NYC. She is an actor, director, designer, and educator, teaching theater and visual art in environments that span prisons, conservatories and museums. Among her many other hats, she is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Grange Hall Cultural Center a multidisciplinary arts center in central Vermont, and on the board of Across Roads Center for the Arts, and NY Madness. She is also a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA and the Vermont REALTOR Association. She is the creator of programming such as the "One & Only Series," a celebration of solo performance of all kinds, "Art Jam," an alchemy of evocative innovation and dynamic expression between artists of varied disciplines, and the "Vermont Contemporary Playwrights' Forum," developing new work of all kinds for the stage. She welcomes artistic collaboration with dancers of all styles to create new work and new experiences, from pure dance form to conjunction with other other kinds of art forms for the stage and the classroom.


  • Thursday May 14
  • Friday May 15
  • Saturday May 16
  • Saturday May 16
  • Sunday May 17
  • Sunday May 17


$10-$295 See pricing break out in description


Published January 6, 2020