Essence of Embodiment Festival 2021
Somatic Movement and Dance Film Festival centered around processing and healing from trauma.

Where: (virutal)

When: March 18th to 21st, 2021

Essence of Embodiment was designed as an opportunity for an artist, dancer, creator, or educator in any form to explore using healing through movement. This event offers a safe and inclusive space for people of all race, gender, sexuality, body type and ability to share insights, increase a sense of belonging and bodily agency, and explore your own paths through this experience. We believe that this is especially crucial at this time, as we approach the one-year anniversary of quarantines in the United States and across the globe.

We offer up this moment of rest to build connections, deepen your movement practice, and foster discussions in pursuit of replenishing joy and feelings of empowerment.

Some of our motivations have been: how do you make healing a priority? What do you need to realign your body with your mind? How do you recognize disembodiment? What does it mean to own your body? How do you practice mindfulness?

Essence of Embodiment Festival 2021 is a donation-based four-day virtual experience. Part film festival, part dance intensive—the festival will offer a combination of film premieres, interactive live-streamed work, and talks by established and emerging filmmakers and choreographers, and print publications. EOEFF is one of the few festivals where the filmmakers also facilitate the movement workshops. We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to connect and build support around moving through obstacles and realizing your power.

Presented as part of the SMUSH Gallery Curatorial Fellowship in Dance, curated by Iman Louis-Jeune.

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There are three payment options to choose from:
All-Access Festival Pass (all films, unlimited classes pending registration, and all live talkbacks)
Single Day Film Pass (all films and all talkbacks)
Single Class Pass (this option is for people who aren’t able to attend most of the classes or are only interested in a select few)

Costs for participants:
Donation-based Sliding Scale starting at $40 for all-access passes,
BIPOC Scholarship $0-$25, Single Class: $10

Contact details: Iman Louis-Jeune

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