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Open Access

Getting Physical

Moving the Conversation on Division, Art, and Responsibility

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10AM - 2PM

Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Taylor Welty to RSVP.

VENUE: Lucas Artists Program Commons

Montalvo Box Office: 408-961-5858
Service fees may apply and are non-refundable.
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This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

About Simón Adinia Hanukai :

Simón Adinia Hanukai is a theater maker, director, curator, educator, and the Co-Artistic Director of Kaimera Productions. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, he splits his time between NYC and Paris. Other artistic leadership roles include Co-Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center, Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Core Member of Superhero Clubhouse, Performing Arts Curator for MassBliss, and World Theatre Map Ambassador. Simón has created work and taught throughout the U.S., Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He holds an MA in Education from the University of San Francisco and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. He is a former Montalvo Lucas Artists Fellow. More info at

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Join Simón Adinia Hanukai in this investigation into divisiveness and discord in our current political and cultural scene -- and the role that artists and arts organizations can play in bridging these divides.

This interactive workshop will move away from a stagnant, mind-focused approach to a more active, full-body way of engaging with the material. Together, participants will utilize exercises stemming from and inspired by Theatre of the Oppressed, Viewpoints, physical theatre, and participatory facilitation, to tackle timely themes. They will also have opportunities to tap into their imaginations to access a new perspective, and brainstorm solutions and next steps. A light lunch will be provided.