The Spirit Soars is a 10-minute video featuring Emilie Conrad, visionary founder of Continuum, on the intimate and essential process of making art. The video premiered on June 14, 2014, what would have been Emilie’s 80th birthday (June 14, 1934 - April 14, 2014).

Although Emilie did not live to see this film, she was fully aware of its creation and chose the works she wanted represented in the video. Through her voice and dances, Emilie is present here.

Emilie was fully supportive of creating an arts movement inspired by Continuum, which led to the creation of Watermark Arts.

On the making of The Spirit Soars:

In the Fall of 2013, Emilie was very ill and facing the end of her life. She generously agreed to my request to film her speaking about how Continuum influenced her as an artist, even though she was suffering from debilitating headaches and on large doses of prednisone. Emilie requested that two of her dance projects, "Nijinsky" and "Kafka in Love," be included. Emilie and I had conversed for the previous two years about what I envisioned as a somatic-inspired arts movement. I wanted to create a video to honor Emilie and to inaugurate the endeavor that would become Watermark Arts.

Continuum teacher and writer Sharon Weil, who had interviewed Emilie for other projects, warmly embraced the off-camera role of engaging Emilie in conversation. Russell Mullock and David Gilbert, who often documented Emilie, graciously agreed to film. Photographer Lauren Devon gave access to her extraordinary photographic portraits of Emilie.

Watermark Arts Gallery Administrator and writer Sandra Capellaro assisted me in selecting video segments to create the spoken narration for the video. I worked alongside video editor Scott Furman to create The Spirit Soars, with Ruth Clark as creative consultant.

We tried to finish the project before Emilie's death. While not successful in this respect, I lovingly carried out Emilie's last request of me, "to take Continuum and the arts and run with it."

~ Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director of Watermark Arts