About the Company
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 collaborating artists. Founded in 2013 by Fernadina Chan, CDP choreographers/co-directors Adriane Brayton and Fernadina Chan work collaboratively with their dancers. Continuum Dance Project received a 2020 Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, and the 2017 winter Choreographers’ Residency program at the Boston Center for the Arts. CDP pushes the boundaries of audience interaction and traditional vantage points, by presenting work in unconventional spaces.
In 2021 CDP created an evening-length dance/theatre work titled “Crossing: Stories of Immigration” in collaboration with visual artist Myrna Balk. “Crossing” brings light to immigrant stories that are not often heard or portrayed in the media. This project was made possible by a 2020 Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation and was created in partnership with Pao Arts Center. Using Balk’s installation as an architectural environment for site-specific movement, this work is a cross-disciplinary exploration on the theme of immigration, further informed by text, images, personal stories and interviews. To generate source material for this work, members of CDP interviewed immigrants personally connected to them. These immigrants come from 9 different counties including: Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, The US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. Excerpts from these interviews became the foundation of the soundtrack for the piece.
Continuum Dance Project has performed throughout Boston and New England. Performance highlights include The Eustice Estate, Pao Arts Center, The Museum of Science Boston, Outside the Box Festival, Dance for World Community, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and the ArtBeat Festival. Continuum Dance Project has created many site-specific works; immersing the audience in unique environments which often feature video or sculptural installations. In 2020 CDP presented its 5th iteration of its whimsical series “Pairing: An Interactive Food and Dance Event”. This series has taken place at 5 unique site-specific locations including: a staircase in a Victorian house, among the wrought iron sculptures of artist Myrna Balk, and most recently at Larz Anderson Park, made possible by the Brookline Commission for the Arts.
Continuum Dance Project prides itself on collaboration with artists of different genres. Past collaborators include viola player Drew Ricciardi, video artist Mike Chew, culinary artists Dani Coleman and David Kriz, and most recently visual artist Myrna Balk for our 2020 Live Arts Boston (LAB) grant. In 2017 CDP created “Passage Through Blue” at The Boston Center for the Arts. “Passage” was inspired by our collaborator Soyoung L. Kim’s paintings, sculptures, and short stories. This series pushed our exploration of unconventional locations and vantage points, weaving movement around both natural and artistic objects.