Presented by SMUSH Gallery as part of the Curatorial Fellowship in Dance

March 18th to 21st, 2021

Essence of Embodiment Festival

Curated by Iman Rose Louis-Jeune

March 18 - 21, 2021 - Virtual Somatic Movement & Dance Film Festival

4 Days, 4 Talks, 15+ Dance Films, 15+ Live Movement Classes

Recorded Artist Talks



Festival Passes

We have three festival pass options for Essence of Embodiment this year! All passes for the 2021 Essence of Embodiment Festival are offered on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale and all proceeds will go to SMUSH Gallery and our festival’s artists, teachers, and writers.


Passes can be purchased online through the individual links below. For more information on the sliding scale options, please visit our festival page.


Single-Day Film Passes

  • Single-Day Film Pass Holders have access to one full day of our film programming for 48-hours upon daily release.

  • Free programming included: All of our Curated Panel Discussions

  • Sliding Scale Prices:

    • BIPOC Scholarship - $0-$25

    • Contributor - $30

    • Supporter - $45

    • Pay it Forward - $75

More info on our Festival Page.

Single Movement Classes

  • This pay-per-class option is for those who won't be able to attend all classes or are interested in a select few and still want to participate in the festival

  • Free Programming Included: All of our Curated Panel Discussions

    • $10 Per Class

More info on our Festival Page.

All-Access Passes

  • All-Access Pass Holders have access to all four days of our film programming for 48-hours upon daily release.

  • All our Movement Workshops at no additional cost---pending registration.

  • All of our Curated Panel Discussions

  • Sliding Scale Prices:

    • BIPOC Scholarship - $0-$25

    • Contributor - $40

    • Supporter - $80

    • Pay it Forward - $150-$225

More info on our Festival Page.

You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances. If you are unable to afford this event please reach out to us at: bonjour@embodiment.dance and we will make special arrangements for you to be able to engage with the festival within your means.


  • Essence of Embodiment Team



Each day will host 5 to 7 workshops, some of which include:

Expressive Flamenco, Gospel Dance 'n tone, Moving your story, the elements of dance, graham technique, self-acupressure and movement meditations, self-release techniques through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and more.

All of our workshops are open level, for any artist, dancer, or mover---View all of workshop info and teacher bios here.


We will offer video-on-demand screenings each day of the festival. Showcasing 5 to 7 films a day.

Some of our films include: "Healing- A Freestyle" choreographed and performed by Alain Lauture, "Laundry Day" Directed by Olamma Oparah, "Floodstream choreographed by Erin McNulty, "Beauty Ritual" by Jas Lin, "Out of the Folds of Women" by Anabella Lenzu, "The Body Keeps the Score" by Audrey Thao Berger, "The Rhythm of Healing" directed by Imani Cook-Gist, and more!

View the full roster of films and bios here.

Each day will wrap up with a panel discussion from our filmmakers, choreographers, and teachers. These themed discussions along with our publications will explore the following topics:

racial identity, ancestral trauma, relationships with food and loved ones, nature, memories, amongst others.

View talkback themes, submit questions, and read our panelist bios here.



Ethos

Through dance and film, we’ll be examining techniques to release fear & trauma, re-align the body with the mind while bringing together a group of multi-generational, multi-racial, dancers, artists, & writers through conversations about lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers. Ultimately exploring the theme of Somatic Awareness, Authority, and Ownership of the Body.