The Artpark Devised Performance Institute (ADPI) is a summer learning program that brings cutting-edge international performing arts companies together with participants interested in an intensive study of creating physically! 

The program runs from June 8 - August 27, 2022, and includes 26 sessions total. 

Classes throughout the summer will examine how studies of devising with the body offer an alternative language and lens for expanding our imagination, our communication skills, and our decision-making capabilities while providing a supportive atmosphere to nurture artistic development, personal growth, and physical change. The curriculum for this program will vary and develop from month to month, incorporating themes explored in masterclasses and the experiences of each guest artist. Classes are taught in an atmosphere of safety and respect and include The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® for injury prevention and self-care.  

Participants will come away with the following skills: 

  • Improvement in strength, stamina, and physical organization
  • Basic understanding of The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education®
  • More understanding of kinesthetic and spatial, awareness.
  • Connection to international artists and experiencing their work
  • New techniques from aerial dance and theatre
  • New ways of creating language, gesture, spontaneity, and working beyond comfort zones
  • Development of your point of view, ability to play, and physical improvisation skills 



We are very interested in enrolling participants who are curious and have an appetite for this work and therefore, we do not have a set ability level. 
We Suggest: participants have familiarity with some physical discipline where they are using their body to balance and hold their own weight with no pressing physical injuries. Aerialists, physical performers, athletes, etc. will be able to apply concepts readily.

The classwork has many layers that connect to our sense of self and the world around us. Each intensive master class will expand on a variety of disciplines and support people who are:

  • Performers who want to work more physically, deepen their craft, learn new skills, make international connections
  • University Students in theatre, dance, voice, or athletic programs who want to expand their performance skills
  • Aerialists who want to expand their skills and connect with international cutting edge aerial companies who are creating cutting edge aerial work
  • Actors or creators looking for new ways of creating and connecting with pioneering companies who have seeded their mission to align with environmentalism
  • Dancers seeking new ways of working and approaching presence and choreography -Artists interested in expanding their sense of movement and want to go beyond their comfort zones
  • Activists interested in using art for expression
  • Educators interested in gaining more ideas and being in their body




A 40-year old French institution practicing street theater spectacle with their unique inflatable puppetry return to Artpark’s grounds after two breathtaking performances in 2017 (Big Bang) and 2019 (Pearl). Performing on Artpark’s main parking lot in front of Mainstage Theater On August 20th Plasticiens Volants will present Artpark audiences with a new show: Leonardo’s Dreams and Nightmares celebrating the insatiable curiosity and polymathic pursuits of Leonardo Da Vinci. Everything is connected and up in the air in a form of giant inflatable puppets created and manipulated by the unique mastery of Plasticiens Volants' artists. The show at Artpark is scheduled for August 20th, 2022. Video: 



Cie Art Move Concept, or Art Move Concept Company, is a French dance company that was founded in 2009 by choreographer/dancers Mehdi Ouachek and Soria Rem. They have since performed throughout France and around the world. Ouachek was already skilled in hip-hop before studying Butoh and other dance forms, while Rem was known as a leading French b-girl who performed throughout the commercial industry. Based in La Rochelle, France, the company made its U.S. debut at City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival in 2017, and at Jacob’s Pillow in 2018. They're bringing their Anopas program to our Mainstage Theater on company July 22 and 23: Video:


Cirque Barcode

Returning to Artpark’s Emerald Grove from their 2021 premiere at Artpark, the outdoor acrobatics performance Branché is a collaboration between Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate. It is a show to address the climate crisis, created in a way to have minimal impact during creation and while touring. Designed to be played in parks or forests and centered on group acrobatics, Branché is a celebration of the strength of community and our relationships to each other and to nature. It is a show to get people outside and inspire them as to what is possible if we work together. Artpark performances dates: July 30th-31st, Emerald Grove, Artpark.




As part of the Fairy House Festival on July 9, BATTEMENTS DE CIRQUE MONTREAL, an internationally acclaimed aerial arts group led by Anouk Vallée-Charest will create and perform a unique Fairy House-specific show for Artpark audiences only. Over 11 years, Anouk created and presented many acts: aerial silk fix and flying, single-point trapeze, aerial hoop, aerial rope, loop, duo aerial rope, duo trapeze, duo hand to hand, duo aerial straps, acrobatic, and juggling. In 2010, she was the artistic director and stage manager for a gala at Place Des Arts in Montreal. battementsdecirque/



Jon Lehrer Dance Company

Jon Lehrer started his company in 2007 in Buffalo, NY, and has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Under his artistic direction, the company showcases Jon's unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. His extensive background in both modern and jazz dance fosters choreography that is organic, artistic, accessible, and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition. The company’s expressive style is based on three main elements of movement, circularity, dimensionality, and momentum, which combine to create a form that is best described as “Organically Athletic”. With creativity, athleticism, and the ability to make new and innovative modern and jazz dance accessible to all 

audiences, the company has made quite a name for itself in the dance world. Now based in NYC, the company continues to tour extensively, bringing their trademark artistic, athletic, and accessible style to audiences worldwide. Dance Magazine praised “the company took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics,” and Galerie Ortenau in Offenburg, Germany declares, “Dynamic, Powerful, Elegant – brings an absolute passion for the dance.” The company toured Europe in 2013, 2016, 2018, and will return in 2022. They toured Russia in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, sponsored by the US State Department in order to, “bring the best in American modern dance to the people of Russia.” They have a residence at Artpark this summer from June 13-23, 2022.


David Glass

David Glass is an award-winning solo performer, theatre director, writer, designer, lighting designer, filmmaker, teacher and creative thinker. He is one of the UK’s most prominent Theatre Directors and one of the principal founders of the Physical/Visual, Devised, Ensemble and Applied Theatre movements. He trained at the Lecoq School of Physical Theatre and also studied with Decroux, Grotowski, Alvin Ailey, Mike Alfreds, Ed Berman, Peter Brook, Master Lim and Augusto Boal. 

David Glass is a leading international theatre teacher and has taught and influenced three generations of theatre-makers in 73 countries. Past students include Simon McBurney (Complicite), Emma Thompson (Actress), Amit Lehav (Gecko Theatre), Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter (Told by An Idiot) Lloyd Newson (DV8), Liam Steele (Physical Director), Tina Ellen Lee (Opera Circus) and Jim Chim Hoi (Theatre Ensemble Hong Kong). He has influenced industry leaders such as Tom Morris (War Horse) and John McGrath (Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival) and has been influential in shaping the creative lives of performers such as Kathrine Hunter, Anna Marie- Duff, Sarah Parrish and Gong Lee. Always a maverick, David is often sighted by theatre leaders as a defining force in world theatre. He has spearheaded collaborative practice that has helped shape the creative approaches of his early collaborators Rae Smith (Designer), Jamie Vartan (Designer) and Paule Constable (Lighting Designer). Whilst many of the artists he has influenced have settled in the mainstream, David has always looked for new creative avenues unconcerned by fashion or commercial success. David is a citizen of the world who resides in London. He is coming to Artpark specifically to meet with the new Artpark Devised Theater Institute and on a creative research residency to devise new ways of collaboration and development at Artpark. More information about David Glass and the David Glass Ensemble:


The institute is run by Mara Neimanis

Mara creates theater in the air using mounted and suspended steel sculptures. Her unique brand of theatre which sometimes takes place inches from the ground or atop buildings draws on her training in Mask Performance, Clown, and Commedia dell’Arte in combining aerial arts with physical acting to create stories, text, and characters that explore the rich interplay of imagination between ground and air. Mara has created aerial pedagogy and physical theatre training for universities, theatre, dance, and opera companies in the US and abroad, as well as for Pixar Animation Studios. Mara has created, published, and toured 6 aerial plays, 4 site-specific aerial installations, and served as a coach and collaborator on a variety of international theater projects. Commissions include; Center Stage Endowment for New Works, The Native Cultures Grant of California, The Robert W Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore City, and The Maryland Arts Council. Mara is a guild certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a graduate of the N.U Theatre Program under Bro Augustine Towey, holds an MFA in Theater from Towson University 2006 and is a graduate of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake California where she served as an instructor and company member from 1993-2000. Aerial training includes The San Francisco School of Circus Arts, and with aerial pioneer, Terry Sendgraff. Mara founded In-Flight Theater in Baltimore in 2006-2017 and has been a resident teaching artist at The Baltimore Theater Project, The Round House Theater DC, Center Stage VA, The New Market Theater, Brighton England, The Tennessee Williams Theater, Key West, Rhodes College, The University of San Jose, Costa Rica, Cal Arts department for Theater and Video CA, University of Missouri Graduate Theater Program Kansas City, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Studios of Key West. Presently, Mara teaches Physical Theatre and Aerial Studies in the Niagara University Theatre Department 

 “Neimanis makes the impossible look supremely easy” –The Washington Post,




Wednesday, June 8

Meet and Greet Introduction for The Artpark Devised Performance Institute in Emerald Grove from 10:30-12:30

Wednesday, June 15
Class: Conservatory Meeting & Introduction
Exploring Sculpture/Architectural realm of play.
Exploring space that is at once vertical and three-dimensional invites a pursuit of fully embodied choices, physical problem solving, trust, confidence, and imaginative play.

Thursday, June 16

Master Class with Jon Lehrer Dance 10:30-1:30

Wednesday, June 22
Master Class with David Glass 10:30-1:30 in the Emerald Grove

Introduction to the Glass's techniques of devising, energy, and the body map.

His workshop focuses on four key qualities and skills of creative leadership: engagement, wisdom, applied empathy, and active humanity. The workshop will also help reveal and clarify within each participant how their the ‘key creative mode' functions within the fast-changing reality and preconditions that arts work entails. 

The modes are: integration, imitation, replication, adaption, translation, and transformation. 

By being aware of these two frameworks -their strengths, weaknesses, and tensions- arts workers can deal more effectively with the stresses of their human-centered work

Thursday, June 23

Master Class with David Glass Day #2  10:30-1:30 in the Emerald Grove

Expanding concepts and techniques

Friday, June 24

Master Class with David Glass #3 10:30-12:30 (optional for institute participants if schedule allows)  

Wednesday, June 29
Open time for individual exploration. Aerialists welcome to bring personal apparatus 

Thursday, June 30
Open time for individual exploration. Aerialists are welcome to bring personal apparatus.
A brief intro to July artists


Thursday, July 7
Aerials on Sculpture; concepts and application from 10:30-1:30

Friday, July 8
Master Class with Anouk Vallée-Charest of Battements De Cirque Montreal in the Emerald Grove 2-4PM
Learn aerial silk techniques and about the company's mission.

Wednesday, July 13
Employing concepts

Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21
Two Day Master Class with Art Move Concept
The work of Art Moves: how do they create and how does physical theatre inform them? 

Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28
Cirque Barcode work and process


Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4
Review and discuss July content. Play and integrate concepts learned 

Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11
Master Class with Cirque Barcode 
Environmental influences, point of view, and skills used to create aerial acrobatics

Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18
Plasticiens Volants: Leonardo workshop and rehearsals

Friday, August 19
Leonardo rehearsals 

Saturday, August 20
Leonardo performance

Monday, August 22
Master Class with Plasticiens Volants 11:30-1:30

Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25
Review and Final Thoughts/Presentation


Master Classes take place Wednesday and Thursdays of each week from 10:30AM-1:30PM unless otherwise noted on the schedule. 



Features master class and through line classes for 2 weeks (mix 
and match 2-week studies as you choose) 
June 15, 16 & 22, 23 -Jon Lehrer Dance 
July 6, 7 & 13, 14 - Battements de Cirque
July 20, 21 & 27, 28 -Art Move Concept
August 3, 4 & 10,11 -Cirque Barcode 
August 17, 18 & 24, 25 -Plasticiens Volants 

Includes all July master and though line classes and tickets for 
Artpark performances for the month 
Dates: June 15, 16, 22,23, July 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28, and August 

Includes master classes and through line classes for the entire 
summer and tickets to all Artpark performances 
Dates: June 15, 16, 22,23, July 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28, and August 

Costs include free tickets to performances throughout the summer.


Registration is now open until June 14 for the 3-month program. Registration is open until July 1 for 1-month or 2-week sessions

To register please complete these forms, pay for your session(s), and complete a waiver the institute's director will send you. 


If you need to pay with a credit card, please call our box office Monday - Saturday 10AM - 4PM! Our box office can be reached at (716) 754-4375!

Our Box Office is also open Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM - 4PM.

By Check, please make payable to:
Artpark & Company
450 South 4th Street,
Lewiston NY 14174
For The Artpark Institute,
Attn: Anna Olson / Box Office


If you'd like to inquire about a scholarship, please let Mara know when you email her your registration



What if it rains? We have alternative spaces to hold classes accordingly. 
How large are the classes? The Conservatory emphasizes small group learning and has a limit of 12 participants. 
What Covid precautions are in place? Classes will be outside and masks will be worn accordingly indoors. You will have to show proof of 
vaccination to enroll. 
Will I be fit enough? We always start from where we are, however, the work will be rigorous. You will certainly get in shape by doing this program.
Do you offer scholarships? We do have a limited amount of scholarships and hope to grow our funding base for this very new and unique 
educational initiative. Please see Mara Neimanis, Institute Director for more information. To qualify, an application should send a letter to Mara Neimanis explaining their need. For scholarship students, Artpark may ask you to perform Production Assistant duties.

I would like to mix and match some 2-week classes, how do I do that? The 2-week offerings that you can buy are listed. You can buy as many 
2-week courses as you wish, however, we cannot break down the two-week offerings in any other way than the dates we have listed. 
What If I miss a class, do I have to pay for it? We understand that things come up, especially in the summer, however, we cannot reimburse 
you for missed classes. 
I want to do the one-month program or the 3-month program but I know I will have to miss a couple of dates, is that ok? Due to the nature of 
this work and building a network of trust and reliability, we encourage students to have 2 or three absences each month only if they are doing 
the one month or the three-month program. We understand that things come up. This will help support the integrity of the flow of learning 
for all. 
Is there a way to make up classes? No. Sorry. The program isn’t built that way. 
Do I have to pay all at once? No, you do not. We are happy to work out payment plans that suit your needs. Please contact the Institute's 
director for more info. 
I’m really not sure if I can really do this, is there a place I can find out more? You can contact Mara Neimanis, the program's director,  with any questions or concerns you may have.