Embedded Memories:

the imprints of our scars and the stories they leave behind


Seeking Partners for our 2024 Season!  

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Embedded Memories is an illuminated installation rooted in honoring personal histories through the lens of scars and their images which live permanently on, and inside of, our bodies. Investigating the memories and stories these imprints hold, we can learn from one another and promote community healing.


Inspired first by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery while highlighting the areas of breakage, golden accents illuminate these stories through numerous lighted lanterns in the installation space ranging in size from 6" - 36" and inventive light pieces affixed to the dancers’ bodies. Deeper connections to Japanese philosophy and the process of healing have been explored through additional research and experiences in Reiki and Butoh. The piece began as a collaboration with NYC-based artist Allison Patrick and has grown and developed through contributions from the Community Imprints collection. 


Audience members can go deeper into the process of experiencing the work by participating in SHARE: Community Imprints, a creative healing station to honor the scar stories of our community. Gifting stories through writing, drawing, or a photograph will be available during the performances of Embedded Memories and more details will be available on site at each performance. 


Community MOVERS will also have an opportunity to participate in creative workshops capturing their own MOVE: Community Imprints in actions and gestures. Participating community members will have an opportunity to share their creations in a pre-show site-specific performance.




Previous Embedded Memories Performances & Community Imprints Partnerships:  


Aquila's Nest Vineyards, Newtown, CT 

August 2023 


The Compost Collective, Forest Hills, Queens 

August 2023


Aquila's Nest Vineyards, Newtown, CT

August 2022


Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

August 2022 


The Blue Gallery, New York, NY 

March 2022


The Berrie Center, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ

February 2022


SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY

October 2021


Appleberry Farm, Sandy Hook, CT (Ballaro Dance Gala) 

August 2021




Our Mission:

Ballaro Dance values community and collaboration at its core. Through ongoing opportunities to SEE, MOVE, & SHARE together in and through dance, the Company takes pride in cultivating an approachable, welcoming environment. Through each project and collaboration, Ballaro Dance continues to redefine how to effectively share dance through unique sensory-based experiences while inviting audience members to act as participants, generating a longer-lasting impact on community.

Our Identity:

We dance to engage with people; we choreograph to tell stories; we produce art to build community.