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Essence of Embodiment 2021 Festival in March 2021: Call for Films & Teachers

Essence of Embodiment 2021 Festival in March 2021: Call for Films & Teachers


Smush Gallery


Smush Gallery/Virtual Event
340 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Friday, January 15, 2021 - 11:59pm



Smush Gallery

ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Looking for movement directors/filmmakers and dance practitioners that have a framework to explore joy, caring for your body, processing trauma, and healing.

Essence of Embodiment 2021 Festival to be held March 2021
Online and in person* in Jersey City, NJ
A small stipend will be offered and a portion of sales.

Lifeline: January 15th, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
Notification: January 31st 2021

We are excited to announce the call for entries for the Essence of Embodiment Festival to be presented in March 2021. Join us next spring in Jersey City and online, as we highlight emerging and established movement practitioners, directors, dance artists to Essence of Embodiment. Exploring other narratives involving trauma, PTSD, and approaches to healing.

BIPOC artists, artists with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ artists are encouraged to apply!

To apply: https://www.bit.ly/38Sd5ES

All questions should go to: Iman at iman.rose.louis-jeune@outlook.com

Some investigative questions that we hope you can use a launching point for your work:

  • What does it mean to own your body?
  • How do you release fear and trauma?
  • How do you make healing a priority?
  • How do you recognize disembodiment?
  • What do you need to realign your body with your mind?

Thank you in advance for your interest in Essence of Embodiment!

Essence of Embodiment is curated by Iman Louis-Jeune, one of the curatorial dance fellows at Smush Gallery '20-21 and a dance-filmmaker herself. She actively works to uplift and engage in work that is cathartic rather than escapist.


*Films will be screened online as part of an online programming for the Essence of Embodiment Festival, in addition to a dance intensive, published zines, and a gallery exhibition. Due to COVID-19 we may have a limited in-person screening of accepted films. Due to limited physical space, we may be able to accommodate small/less-involved film installations, but our primary focus is showcasing the film itself.

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