About the Company
Continuum Dance Project Receives a 2020 Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation. Continuum Dance Project, in collaboration with visual artist Myrna Balk, is excited to announce the creation of a new evening-length dance/theatre work examining contemporary stories of immigration, culminating in a series of live streamed events at Pao Arts Center. This project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation. Check out the other fantastic grantees/projects here https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/grant-making-initiatives/live-arts-boston. See, too, the newly published article about the LAB program written by WBUR.
Continuum Dance Project (CDP) is a Boston based dance company focused on creating site-specific work, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and reflecting the backgrounds of our collaborators. Currently under co-directorship of Fernadina Chan and Adriane Brayton, CDP was founded in 2013 by Fernadina Chan, Founding Artistic Dean of Boston Arts Academy (BAA). The project grew out of a collaboration between Boston Arts Academy alumni Adriane Brayton (2007), Mayra Hernandez (2005) and Mary Ellen Liacos (2007) and their mentor Fernadina Chan, when they created ‘Shifting Scape” (2013) as a response to climate change, which premiered at the Boston Museum of Science.
Since its inception, Continuum Dance Project has shown dance in concerts and festivals throughout New England. These credits include 3 seasons of Across The Ages Dance Project; Dance For World Community; Southern Vermont Dance Festival; ArtBeat; Outside the Box Festival; and multiple self produced concerts. They have collaborated with culinary artists Dani Coleman and David Kriz to create five seasons of their site-specific interactive fundraising event “Pairing” – pairing dance and food at a Victorian house, in an award winning shade garden, and at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline MA. In 2020, the most recent iteration ‘Harvest Pairing’ included a 3D video concept for pandemic friendly streaming. Under the Co-Directorship of Adriane Brayton and Fernadina Chan, CDP received the prestigious Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) Choreographer Residency in 2017 and created its first evening length collaborative and site-specific work. Most recently CDP received a 2020 Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation and created CROSSING: Stories of Immigration, a new evening-length dance/theatre work examining contemporary stories of immigration.
Its self-produced second concert “EXPERIMENTS IN 3” represented Continuum Dance Project’s continuous interest in presenting work in unconventional spaces. In this concert, the audience traveled through 3 different studios; immersed in different environments and explored new vantage points for viewing dance. In some pieces, depending where the person sat, he/she experienced a different version of the same piece or saw a different performer.
In its short history, CDP’s artistic vision has evolved from the curated proscenium stage concert format for its 2014 debut concert, to more risk-taking artistic experimentation in its use of space and cross-discipline collaborations. In 2017, a 5-week residency at the Boston Center for the Arts afforded CDP the opportunity to create its first full length site-specific work “Passage Through Blue” in collaboration with visual artist Soyoung L. Kim. CDP made dances in small nooks, behind curtains, and in tiny closets. The open performance space was transformed with movable screens and sculptural art installations, creating passages for the audience to discover the dances. The luxury of having full access to the space throughout the entire creative process fueled choreographic experimentation and facilitated cross-disciplinary collaboration. Continuum Dance Project continues to push the boundaries of site-specific dance, audience interaction, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.