Em Moves (trailer)

ElaineFilms by Hanna Heiting

A trailer to the 64-min poetic documentary about Emilie Conrad, the visionary founder of Continuum, by Hanna Heiting. Full film: vimeo.com/286615713

 

In Em Moves, filmmaker Hanna Heiting creates a poetic tribute to the life and work of Emilie Conrad, visionary founder of Continuum, a somatic movement practice. Hanna’s artistic decisions are those of an insider who lives the movement she is filming. Her visual compositions, her informed stillness, her directorial attention, all mirror and follow Emilie Conrad’s life-long exploration of movement in an unfolding call and response. There is a pulsing life rhythm to the film’s orchestration that awakens the viewer’s own somatic awareness.

The film captures the full range of this somatics genius by juxtaposing Emilie’s movement with her healing work. The contrasting scenes of her reading original works on Kafka, Callas and Nijinsky, walking around her Brooklyn neighborhood remembering childhood pains and leading Continuum workshops with intoxicating enthusiasm, create a sense of the full complexity of her personality and the passion of her vision.

Em Moves is an intimate love letter to a life-long teacher, an astute commentary on life and art, and an intellectually sophisticated tribute to the vision of this extraordinary pioneer. Em Moves is for people who know Continuum, for people who want to know Continuum, and simply for people who want to stay alive. Em Moves invites the mystery of the unknown, the inhale and exhale that are the heartbeat of Continuum, to live on screen. This stunning film will inspire anyone who walks and breathes on this planet.

Rebecca Mark
Professor of American Literature at Tulane University

Em Moves

ElaineFilms by Hanna Heiting

In Em Moves (64 min.), filmmaker Hanna Heiting creates a poetic tribute to the life and work of Emilie Conrad

 

In Em Moves, filmmaker Hanna Heiting creates a poetic tribute to the life and work of Emilie Conrad, visionary founder of Continuum, a somatic movement practice. Hanna’s artistic decisions are those of an insider who lives the movement she is filming. Her visual compositions, her informed stillness, her directorial attention, all mirror and follow Emilie Conrad’s life-long exploration of movement in an unfolding call and response. There is a pulsing life rhythm to the film’s orchestration that awakens the viewer’s own somatic awareness.

The film captures the full range of this somatics genius by juxtaposing Emilie’s movement with her healing work. The contrasting scenes of her reading original works on Kafka, Callas and Nijinsky, walking around her Brooklyn neighborhood remembering childhood pains and leading Continuum workshops with intoxicating enthusiasm, create a sense of the full complexity of her personality and the passion of her vision.

Em Moves is an intimate love letter to a life-long teacher, an astute commentary on life and art, and an intellectually sophisticated tribute to the vision of this extraordinary pioneer. Em Moves is for people who know Continuum, for people who want to know Continuum, and simply for people who want to stay alive. Em Moves invites the mystery of the unknown, the inhale and exhale that are the heartbeat of Continuum, to live on screen. This stunning film will inspire anyone who walks and breathes on this planet.

Rebecca Mark
Professor of American Literature at Tulane University

The Many Faces

ElaineFilms by Hanna Heiting

The Many Faces (84 min.) was filmed shortly after Emilie Conrad’s passing. These raw, personal narratives offer a window into the heart of her work, her teaching, her personality and her vision.

 

In The Many Faces, a portrait of a visionary teacher emerges from intimate interviews with people whose lives she deeply touched. Filmed shortly after her passing, these raw, personal narratives offer a window into the heart of Emilie Conrad’s work, her teaching, her personality and her vision.

Founder of the somatic movement practice Continuum, Emilie had the amazing ability to meet each of her students with profound attentiveness, offering them a level of engagement and care that made them feel deeply seen. In this sense, each person interviewed saw a different Emilie; they saw the side of her that was offered in relationship to themselves. Through the layered contrasts of each narrative, filmmaker Hanna Heiting offers us a textured, holistic impression of who Emile was, one that reaches far beyond the words of each person.

There is a palpable resonance to the film; through the words and gestures of those profoundly moved by her, it transmits an echo of Emilie’s teaching. While the voices are distinct and individual, they share a common ground: a stillness, an internal quiet, and a self-possessed presence. In watching, we come to understand that this was a quality cultivated through their immersion in Continuum. This presence is also carried in the artistry of the film itself, and it brings the viewer into this same experience.

Emma Destrubé,
Continuum teacher, acupuncturist, artist

Alphabet

ElaineFilms by Hanna Heiting

Alphabet (42 min.) charts the process of “Words and Waves” – somatic movement and creative writing workshops led by Rebecca Mark and Emma Destrubé. It is a window into their unique, expressive worlds, and into their devoted exploration of how the movement practice of Continuum can cue the creative process.

 

Alphabet charts the process of “Words and Waves” – somatic movement and creative writing workshops led by Rebecca Mark and Emma Destrubé. It is a window into their unique, expressive worlds, and into their devoted exploration of how the movement practice of Continuum can cue the creative process.

“Words and Waves is an extraordinary generative and expressive process. Cued by specific Continuum breaths, sounds, and movements, the imagination travels through the tissues of the body to show itself on the page in lines, symbols, drawings, words, themes, and stories. The tone of the sound and movement etches into you and shapes what comes forward. The landscape is vast and free: sharply changing perspectives, characters, references, or frames of time. Entering these landscapes is much like the somatic practices of entering ourselves. As we follow the movements of the pen in hand, a poetic coherence emerges from a place somewhere between the heart and the imagination, between a deep knowing and not knowing.

Hanna Heiting’s docu-poem, Alphabet, follows Words and Waves co-founder, Rebecca Mark, and instructor, Emma Destrubé as they mine mysterious, imaginary realms from their own breath and movement explorations, offer commentary on each other work and articulate the processes of their own creations. The results are poetic, self-revealing, and often humorous. Both Rebecca and Emma are original creative artists and together, they provide meaningful and compassionate guidance for others. It is clear as you watch the film that Heiting’s own participation in documenting and shaping the film creates layering and involution of another creative process on top of and with what is happening in the room.

Words and Waves is truly a unique art form that holds great appeal and enhancement for writers, visual artists, Continuum lovers, and somatic practitioners, as well as for explorers of realms of consciousness and self-discovery. Personally, as a writer, I thrill in the open creativity. As a Continuum teacher and practitioner, it’s sheer joy to revel in the artistic expression of somatic movement that often remains in the movement realm, and is savored for its own sake. This is a playful process by which language, itself, is allowed the freedom to explore all the ways it wants to express, leading to some surprising depths and delights.”

Sharon Weil
Continuum teacher, author, speaker