are few who can establish themselves as original creative
artists; what Paula Josa-Jones has done is to bring each aspect
of the combined arts of equitation and dance into a new and
can I express the majesty of your performance, the concept and
the soul-drive choreography? I witnessed a miracle: the
connection between horse and woman, the darkened earth beneath
hooves and art. I wept when the dancer put her face to Norman's
nostrils as if she were whispering to God.
Since 1985, Paula Josa-Jones/Performance
Works has gained a national reputation for risk-taking,
adventurous dance theater that explores the borders between states
of being, including gender, species, past/present,
movement/stillness, light/dark. The dancers and I create works
that are visually rich, provocative and grounded a rich
improvisational movement practice. We are committed to
collaborations with artists in all disciplines, and to fostering
relationships with an international creative community.
These dances are part of our Horses Helping Horses programming focused on bringing attention to issues of equine rescue and sanctuary. We often donate performances and educational activities to help equine sanctuaries both increase public awareness and raise funds for their rescue, rehabilitation and education programs.
If performed outdoors, these dances are
mounted without theatrical lighting. Lighting is optional in
an indoor riding arena depending upon the time of day and
available equipment. Arena footing must be approved by Ms.
specs available upon request.
In conjunction with workshops and a
broad range of residency activities, Ms. Josa-Jones is available
to create new work or mount repertory work for dance companies and
university dance programs.
are available for week-long and month-long residencies
a class with Paula a requirement! I learned more about myself
and life and thinking and feeling in this class than I have in
any experience I've had before.
Wild Play: a workshop for dancers and choreographers interested in deepening and expanding their dancemaking practice. Participants learn how to discover an authentic and compelling movement impulse and how to travel from that impulse to the creation of choreographic work without sacrificing freshness and heat.
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