Dance + Theatre + Horsemanship

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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

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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...

August 5, 2018


Ten years ago I decided to learn the art of throwing a pot and filled my kitchen cupboards with  bowls and coffee cups that progressed from oddly misshapen to graceful. I spent hours in the local pottery studio, quickly becoming addicted to the feel of the clay, its d...

August 5, 2018

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...

August 5, 2018

How unique and refreshing to be in connection with another human being who is a listener as a teacher, a student as a director, and curious as an expert. These are all consistent qualities that I had the utmost pleasure interacting with in JoAnna Mendl Shaw in Buffalo,...

August 4, 2018

Vashon Island, WA

Watching a sunset on Vashon Island feels like you are witnessing the sun falling off the edge of the earth.

Vashon, or Vashon-Maury Island, is the largest island in the Puget Sound south of Admiralty Inlet. There are no bridges to connect the island wit...

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