May 16, 2020

Survival Strategies

I took up pottery as a grand evasion, a way to avoid my desk, with its mountains of paperwork, the emails, phone calls, grant proposals and an unbalanced checkbook.

Throwing on a wheel: I've loved it instantly. Pressing my full body weight into the cl...

May 12, 2020

I am writing a book about The Equus Projects. In it are essays about our work, much of which focuses on our human capacity for multi-sensory intelligence and how working with horses has made me realize that we only use a fraction of that capacity.  This essay begins wi...

May 5, 2020

In this new reality of COVID-19, we all have time to attend to plans and promises that were set aside because before this pandemic we were all too busy.  In this new reality, Equus Projects dancer Rachel Keane found time to do some writing about her experience of danci...

April 14, 2020

We blink when we are processing information - or perhaps at the moment when the information enters the brain.

  • Blinking occurs at the conclusion of an action

  • Blinking is the hidden punctuation to thought

  • Blinks are the rest stops, when the brain is assimila...

October 30, 2019

There is a unique kind of intimacy that dance allows into our lives that no other form of human expression can achieve.

We begin with hands but focus on translating that delicacy of perception to every part of our bodies. We are not just touching another person’s body s...

July 18, 2019

When I began exploring the possibility of creating dance-dialgoues with horses, I was operating on pure instinct. My improvisational skills - specifically my ability to sponge energy off another moving body - served me well. I just wanted to share space with a horse an...

July 17, 2019

ASKing

My dear friend Nita Little is a BIG personality. She is a master teacher, performer and scholar and a brilliant and inspiring movement-artist. Her hard-earned PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis headlines her personal introduction. She carries herself with a...

January 29, 2019

Pasture Dances: The animals create the choreography

Whether we realize it or not, site-specific performances are defined in large part by the sentient beings that occupy the space. In urban settings, site choreographers often take for granted
the ambient passerby or a...

November 23, 2018

An arm draped over my shoulder, accompanied by a gentle nudge…If my improvisation partner offers a movement proposition, I join, possibly suggest a variation. I pay attention to the point of contact, body part, amount of weight I am receiving, noticing where the contac...

August 9, 2018

In 2005 I received the following email from Linda Parelli, a master equine trainer, seasoned equestrian and the brilliant mind responsible for collaborating with her husband, Pat Parelli on codifying the Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaching platforms.

Between 2004 and...