slow motion exploding the live

2 weeks of expanded compositional practices with Mary Armentrout, August 2016

In this 2 week long workshop we will unfurl, follow, wildly manipulate, and crash live performance from multiple perspectives: refiguring the body and the self through Feldenkrais, reconstructing the performance space and the performance contract through site specific, technological, and critical strategies, utilizing intermedia to push collage and embodiment into new configurations.


part of the MilkBar’s 2016 Summer Workshop Intensive series.

Dates: Two Week workshop: Monday August 8th thru Friday, August 13th, Monday August 15th to Friday August 19th, 2016

Times: : 10:30 to 5:30. informal potluck and showing 8:30pm, Sat. August 20th.

Cost: $375 for both weeks
$200 for one week, $50 drop in for single days
. Work study available.

Registration: email mary or call 510-289-5188.

Early bird: register before July 1st: $350 for all, $175 for one week
to register: send a check for $50 made to Mary Armentrout
to 970 Vermont St #2, Oakland CA 94610

location: Richmond.  easy access from 580 / bay trail. Rides available from BART if needed.


new for this year: I have extended the workshop to two weeks! I am finding that there is more adventurous material that I would like to explore, but I think we will need two weeks to get into it. Here is the rough structure. The first week of Feldenkrais as a creative tool and collage making will be for any and all comers – new, returning, drop ins. The second week of radical editing and more extreme cross-media collaging will build on the first, so only open to those continuing from the first week, or who have studied with me before – I think drop in is fine here too, so long as you have some experience of the basic operation of how Feldenkrais works with the creative process. I look forward to doing this for a longer time period, and hope you will want to explore that too, so let me know if you have any questions.

some logistical thoughts: we will be using the whole beautiful industrial landscape of our  studio in Richmond CA and neighboring landscapes as our giant site-specific laboratory – bring good shoes and clothing for outside work and messy work. probably best to bring your lunch as there is not much available in the neighborhood, but we will have a small fridge, microwave and hot beverage options. We will work through two weeks and have an informal showing the last Saturday night at the space with a potluck before. The showing will combine work from this workshop with work from Ian Winters’ Isadora workshop which will be running during the same time, in the evenings. Ian and I are hoping there will be some overlap between the two workshops – people taking both, or performers corralled into being in video projects – who knows! we’ll see how it plays out! The new milkbar studio is in Richmond and is easy to get to by car, and is also quite accessible by BART/bike – find really good directions at