CONTINUUM MOVEMENT: Gesture & Character Development
Fri, Sept 27, 9-11:30am
Explore how the inner process of Continuum discovery spills into the outer reaches of relationship.
Inspired by Emilie’s group performances by Continuum's Somatic Movement Theater in
SOMA FEST 2007 and 2008, Continuum's process of creative discovery will be shared in
this workshop. Starting with a Continuum Dive, we will begin our group preparation and
then shift our inner experience into an outer world "play". The discovery of gesture will
emerge into character expression.
Continuum is a revolutionary approach to a quantum re-mapping of the human body. Tissue
structure becomes multi-dimensional as streams of nourishment are readily absorbed as
if one were bathing in the elixir of life itself. Become adventurers in the unmapped
territories of the human body. Experience the scope of our humanity by entering into
frequency realms that are not bound by time, space or condition. Learn to move with
profound restorative energies that enrich our consciousness and nourish our souls.
Emilie Conrad, founder and director of Continuum, is a visionary whose capacity for
movement education, dance, and physical fitness. Her most recent contribution is her
revolutionary concept of “The Three Anatomies”. Here she defines three distinct tissue
structures as the cultural, primordial, and cosmic anatomies. Emilie tells us: “becoming
cultural inhibitors, helping us to move beyond our stifling adaptive patterns, ultimately
becoming a resource for health and creativity.” .
She has received awards for “Movement Teacher” of the year and for her work as a
Emilie Conrad was born and raised in New York City where she studied ballet and Afro-
Haitian dance. Her early influences were Sevilla Fort, Katherine Dunham, Robert Joffrey
and Don Farnsworth. Subsequently, she spent five years as a choreographer with a
folklore company in Haiti furthering her interest in Haitian dance.
Her love for movement inspired her to discover the essential, primary movements
common to all life forms that lie beneath cultural influence. These fundamental
movements are a "cosmology" of life, where form is fluidly mutable, dissolving and shaping
In 1963 she moved to Los Angeles where she began teaching at the Actors Studio. Her
novel approach to movement enriched the performing artist and led to choreographing and
directing many plays and performance works. Her choreography has been seen at: the
Japan America Theatre, John Anson Ford, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Theatre West,
Pasadena Art Museum, Highways, UCLA, Actors Studio West. She continues to develop the
art of performance.
Emilie is the author of "Life on Land", recently published by North Atlantic Press. She
has been a featured teacher, lecturer, and Keynoter at: Sri Aurobindo Assoc. in America,
American Humanistic Psychology, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, U of San
Jose, U of Arizona, Rolf Institute, Esalen Institute, Newport Sports Clinic, Center for
the Healing Arts, Open Center NYC, Tarrytown Group, Omega Institute NY, Common
Boundary, Naropa Institute, Kripalu Institute, Actors Studio West, Lee Strassberg
Institute. She has been on the advisory board of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation,
Orange, NJ. and Bio-energy Field Foundation, Malibu, Ca. (Dr. Valerie Hunt). She has led
workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe
|PERFORMANCE LAB Tues -Sun, Sept 24-28, 12-3:30pm
& Sun, Sept 29 4pm Performance @ Continuum
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