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MAP Live! Workshop

March 15 - March 17


Join us for this year’s MAP Live workshop (formerly known as Architecture Through the Body), taking place on March 15th, 2024-March 17th, 2024 at the historical, Bendix building.

Heidi Duckler Dance’s annual workshop is rooted in combining movement, art, and performance. Across three days, participants learn from professionals in various fields to explore the ways we define space.

The workshop is taught by professionals in the fields of dance, storytelling, and architecture. Participants are then able to create original art with the information they’ve been taught. Teaching artists provide feedback on the work as it progresses, and the workshop concludes with a public final performance. 

Contact Jamie Gallo at for information about our workstudy program. Eligible participants will receive a 50% discount on the registration fee.


DAY ONE –  MARCH 15 | 3:00 PM-10:00 PM

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Storytelling #1  (LEAD ARTIST: Shoji Yamasaki)
  • 5:00 – 5:15 pm –  Break 
  • 5:15 – 7:15 pm – Movement Workshop  (LEAD ARTIST: Sasha Rivero)  
  • 7:15 – 7:45 pm – DINNER BREAK 
  • 7:45 – 9:45 pm – Architecture Workshop (LEAD ARTIST: Sophie Akoury) 
  • 10:00pm – OUT 

DAY TWO – MARCH 16 | 9:00 AM-5:15 PM

  • 9:00 – 11:00  am  Creation Workshop (LEAD ARTIST: Shoji Yamasaki)
  • 11:00 – 11:10 am   Transition/ Break 
  • 11:10 – 12:00 pm   Creation / Prep – Planning Session 
  • 12:00  – 1:00 pm – Lunch 
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm  Creation / Prep 
  • 3:00 – 3:15 pm Break 
  • 5:00 pm – OUT

DAY THREE – MARCH 17 | 10:00 AM-6:30 PM

  • 10:00 – 10:50 am – Movement Warm Up – (LEAD ARTIST: Sasha Rivero)
  • 10:50 – 11:00 am Transition/Break  
  • 11:00  – 1:00 pm – Creation / Prep  
  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm – LUNCH 
  • 1:30 – 3:00 pm – Creation / Prep 
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm Transition / Break 
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm –  Doors Open  / Public Open  / Reception  
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm – FINAL SHOWING + RECEPTION

2024 MAP Live Teaching Artists

Movement | Sasha Rivero

Sasha Rivero is a first generation American performing artist multi-hyphenate – dancer, singer and model. She was raised by her Belizean mother and older siblings in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Alexander Hamilton Performance Arts high school where she trained under Debbie Allen’s academy director Karen McDonald in ballet, modern, hip-hop, and jazz.

Alongside her dance training, Sasha pursued her other passions and also trained in voice, acting and musical theater. She then continued her dance studies at UCLA in the Glorya Kaufman World Arts and Cultures department where she graduated with a B.A. in dance studies and a minor in English Literature. Sasha signed with Bloc Talent Agency in her last year at UCLA and has been pursuing her professional dance career ever since. She has performed the works of choreographers like Daniel Ezralow, Ryan Heffington, Denna Thomsen, Jillian Meyers, Tina Landon, and Fatima Robinson to name a few. Sasha has worked on films, music videos, commercials, and immersive and site specific works.

Her credits include Heidi Duckler Dance Company, The Weekend, L.A. Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Fat Joe, Maluma, Doechii, Hozier, Jhené Aiko, The Grammy’s, The Voice, Disney, HBO, and NBC. Her passion for creating art continues to lead her down a path of exploration, oftentimes weaving together singing and dancing.

Architect | Sophie Akoury

Sophie Akoury is a multidisciplinary designer working within set design, furniture, animation, and architecture. 

Sophie received her Master’s in Architecture from the Southern Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she was awarded the Gehry Prize in 2022 for her archival multimedia installation reimagining LA River’s history. 

She holds a Bachelor’s from l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut.

She has co-taught at SCI-Arc and has been invited as a visiting critic to Pratt, Syracuse University, and USC.

Sophie is currently a junior architect at Yoram LePair Architects and has previously worked at award-winning offices such as Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates (YTAA) in Paris and Bureau Spectacular in Los Angeles.

Production | Shoji Yamasaki

Shoji Yamasaki is a transdisciplinary choreographer, performer, director, writer, and filmmaker born and raised on the unceded ancestral land of Gabrielino-Tongva, recently known as Los Angeles. His work encompasses a multitude of topics that combine mimicry, translation, and storytelling that dismantles one-sided perception and challenges the viewer’s social norms. Combining his experiences, he creates site-specific and immersive experiences that allows the audience to become storytellers themselves.

He completed his B.A. Degree in World Arts and Cultures (Dance Concentration) and a minor in Spanish from UCLA in 2011 and his M.F.A. Degree in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in 2023. Throughout his career, he has worked with choreographers such as Dimitri Chamblas, Heidi Duckler, Keith Glassman, Carol McDowell, Matthew Rushing, and Rebecca Pappas. His works have been presented at locations such as the Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center, REDCAT (Roy Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), Odyssey Theater, Gibney Dance (New York), and Conservatorio de Danza México (Mexico).


March 15
March 17


Heidi Duckler Dance
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Bendix Building
1206 Maple Ave. Ste. 1100B
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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