The Artist and Story

Part One

Deepening our Relationship with Story & Exploring Autonomy in the Creative Process
an online course with Cat Gerrard, Lionel Ménard & Adi Weinberg

in association with TailSpin


09 August – 12 September 2021 (mornings) / or /

04 October – 07 November 2021 (evenings)
Workshop Price 340€ / 360€ / 400€

Maximum 12 participants per course

This workshop offers a practice-based lab space to explore a story of your choice and to investigate your own artistic autonomy in a mentored environment.


Over the five-week period we will offer movement research (with dancer, choreographer and Gaga-teacher Adi Weinberg) and guided sessions where we will open different themes of embodied research which you will explore with your own story (with director Lionel Ménard and storyteller and performer Cat Gerrard, one of the core teaching team of


Alongside these sessions will be dedicated individual research time, with individual tasks and two opportunities to digitally submit your work and have one-to-one mentoring sessions with Cat, Lionel and Adi. The course will culminate in a sharing. 


What Previous Participants said about The Artist & Story Part One...

“inspiring, challenging, motivating”


“intense, mind-opening, igniting”

“inspiring, encouraging, playful”

“I expected to walk away with a small, concrete portion of a story, but I walked away with broader questions about the placement of my myth in history, the current world, and why it's important to me. I didn't expect to dive so deep into themes that the embodied explorations invite. I'm very grateful for this journey.”

“I was able to find new intensity in my work, which slumbered so long in me and now I feel it becomes my own work”

“Exceeded my expectations! Such a journey!”

Where Does The Story Meet You?

Our sessions together will have you investigating your story in many different ways, through research in the following areas: the Poetic Body and story; Characters, Types and Archetypes – approaching, researching and embodying those close to and far from you; Writing – deepening the connection to and tuning your own “voice”. We will explore the question through the body: where does the story meet you? And where does it meet other stories in a wider context: societal, ancestral and mythological?


Wearing All the Hats

Through these themes and questions we will address the different aspects of the individual creator: the performer, the writer and the director. We will explore how we can embody every role in the artistic process to deepen our autonomy, whether we plan to work solo or with others, in a specific role or taking on all roles ourselves. 


Who Is It For?

This workshop is suitable for all who work with story in any way – performers, directors, writers, dramaturgs, movers, musicians, visual artists, photographers, interdisciplinary artists. You should be interested in exploring an embodied approach to your process and be ready to work on your story, towards a sharing. The story you choose can be something you are already working with or would like to work with.


The Details


Part 1 unfolds over 5 weeks:


Week 1 – w/c 9th August 2021

Week 2 – w/c 16th August 2021

Week 3 – w/c 23rd August 2021

Week 4 – w/c 30th August 2021

Week 5 – w/c 6th September 2021

The final sharing will be in the weekend of 18th/19th September 2021.

Times will be between 1000 - 1300 (CET, Berlin time) Monday to Friday in Weeks 1 and 2. One-to-one sessions, in weeks 3, 4 and 5 will be available at various times. There will also be additional discussion sessions in weeks 3 and 4 during the week in the same time period and also, occasionally, on a Sunday. A fuller programme is available here.


Week 1 – w/c 4th October 2021

Week 2 – w/c 11th October 2021

Week 3 – w/c 18th October 2021

Week 4 – w/c 25th October 2021

Week 5 – w/c 1st November 2021

The final sharing will be on Sunday 14th November 2021.

Times will be between 1800 - 2100 (CET, Berlin time) Monday to Friday in Weeks 1 and 2. One-to-one sessions, in weeks 3, 4 and 5 will be available at various times. There will also be additional discussion sessions in weeks 3 and 4 during the week in the same time period and also, occasionally, on a Sunday. A fuller programme is available here.


We'd like to offer 3 options, so it can cover both your possibility and our costs.

Option 1 - 400€ (this works out at about 12€/ hour, to give you a sense)

Option 2 - 360€ (this works out at 11€/ hour)

Option 3 - 340€ (this works out at 10€/ hour)


This fee covers our teaching fees, watching and reviewing your work, planning and admin time. We split our fee so, no matter that we're all present for most of the time, we just get paid for the teaching that we do. We hope this keeps it accessible for you. 


You can pay in instalments, if that's easier for you. Just contact us to organise a plan. 


You should have a working internet connection, with a functioning camera and microphone. You should have a space to yourself that you can work in (minimum 2m2 – more is better).


To Apply

Please email Cat ( with any questions, for instalment/payment plans or for any other info, needs or desires you have. 


To apply please: 

* fill out the registration form here and 

* email the following documents to


Curriculum Vitae - please include some information about your education, artistic training, performance experience and any other interests. Please include your date of birth, your nationality and your current country of residence.


Story Summary - please send a short summary/text/outline of the story you wish to work with (max 1 A4 page)


The deadline for applications for Course 1 is Monday 19th July 18:00 CET. 

The deadline for applications for Course 2 is Monday 13th September 18:00 CET. 


We'll contact you to confirm your place. Maximum number of participants is 12. 

We need a minimum of 8 people for the course to run. We'll let you know for Course 1 by Wednesday 21st July and for Course 2 by Wednesday 15th September in the case that the course isn't going to run. 


After application and confirmation, we will send details about payment methods. Payment should be made to secure your spot. This should be done for Course 1 by Wednesday 28th July 18:00 and for Course 2 by Wednesday 22nd September. 

In the case that you need to cancel your spot, please email us straight away. If you cancel up to 7 days before the course starts we can give you a 50% refund. Within 7 days of the course starting payments cannot be refunded.