In the way a bud holds the flower it will become, in the way a problem often holds the solution, I had a dream that held the vision for Watermark Arts.
The dream occurred last October, at Shantigar in Rowe, MA, while I was co-teaching with Shantigar's vibrant chief, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and my extra-special Continuum colleague Megan Bathory-Peeler.
I had spent weeks coming up with names to replace Continuum Movement Arts, filling Go Daddy's coffers in the process. None of the names was right.
While nestled into my comfortable room at Shantigar, surrounded by lovingly tended gardens, with golden autumn leaves floating through the air, away from the constraints of daily life, I had a dream that held the name, and the vision, for Watermark Arts. The dream, shared below, also became a dance, which was photographed by Phyllis McCabe last July at Omega.
With gratitude, I return to Shantigar with Jean-Claude and Megan, offering Moving Body, Awakening Creativity, September 22 - 24. Come dream with us.
Happy Fall season,
Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie
and Megan Bathory-Peeler
September 22 - 24, 2017
Enjoy an inspirational retreat and personal time with master teachers on Shantigar’s glorious remote New England mountainside. Devote yourself to creating art directly from your moving body.
With sound, breath, movement, and silence, in this highly original workshop we’ll use the fluidly moving body to awaken the deep ocean of creativity and intelligence within. To make art always means going to the edge of your comfort zone, but Continuum makes that experience exhilarating, not intimidating. A Continuum moving body allows you to skillfully ride the creative edge of not knowing.
Each day includes
Movement sessions with two experienced Continuum teachers
Art explorations with a skilled master artist, channeling the moving body into different forms of creative expression
Quiet times to metabolize, meditate, and muse in Shantigar's pristine woods and fields.
The workshop starts promptly at 3:00 PM on Friday, September 22, and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday September 24.
$470 with registration before September 15.
Organic meals included.
Some on-site lodging available, and free tenting.
Continuum, student, and work-study discounts available.
Call for details: 413-339-4332
Elaine Colandrea might have been a temple dancer in another time. In this world, she directs Watermark Arts, an endeavor that brings together artists influenced by somatic practice. Elaine is a long-time teacher of Continuum as well as a massage therapist and dancer/choreographer. Based in the Hudson Valley of NY, Elaine also regularly teaches in Italy. Reviewer Linda Diamond wrote, "Elaine is a wizard of new dance forms." WatermarkArts.org and ElaineColandrea.com.
Jean-Claude van Itallie, Shantigar’s founder/artistic director, seminal in the explosive 1960's American theater, has written many works, including the acclaimed anti-Viet Nam war play America Hurrah; The Serpent (with the Open Theater); Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again; translations of Chekhov’s major plays; Light; and his 2012 one-man show, Confessions and Conversation. Author of Playwright’s Workbook, Jean-Claude teaches in US colleges, acting schools, and retreat centers. His newest book is Tea with Demons, games of transformation.www.vanitallie.com.
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships. Insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience, Megan brings a deep level of integrity, creativity, compassion, and intelligence to her Continuum teaching. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother.
The serene and inspiring Shantigar
The world needs your creative embodiment - your ability to know