Associate Director, Watermark Arts
Priscilla Auchincloss has been seeking to understand how the world works for most of her life. She wanted to be a ballerina when she was little and spent her early twenties studying modern dance and ballet in New York City. Thinking that she would never master pirouettes, she focused on developing her intellect, eventually earning a Ph.D. in physics. She spent many fruitful years in academia, investigating among other things, the role of gender in the culture of science, before finding her way back to the realm of the body.
Movement provided a way for her to reclaim the more authentic, elemental and physical life she was seeking. Leaving the university, Priscilla established and ran Physikos, a studio dedicated to the art and science of movement, from 2008 to 2013. She studied Continuum with Emilie Conrad starting in 2002, becoming authorized to teach that work in 2010. Other strong influences came from Olivia Corson’s Body Tales and Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. After the closing of her studio, she studied yoga, completing Iyengar-style yoga teacher training with Francois Raoult in 2014. She also responded to an email from Elaine asking if anyone was interested in working on an endeavor devoted to Continuum and the arts. As they say, the rest is history.
Priscilla lives in Rochester, NY, with her two children and a dog named Mousse. She continues to teach and to write about movement, as a way of both understanding the world and healing the modern soul.