ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
Horse Dancing with the Forgotten Ones

Horses move through the green landscape in intricate, interfacing patterns, their handlers expertly weaving them through human performers as the pattern changes and the interactions morph: a beautiful line of horses here, humans walking in concert there, slow processionals morph into small groups, trios, duets, solos, a unison dance phrase emerges amongst of the performers who move in relationship to the horses, a new pattern emerges, humans lie on the ground, the horses and their handlers move through the maze of bodies, all the humans rise and move together with horses…

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is an inter-species theatrical dance performance bringing together rescued horses living in sanctuary with student riders and dancers from area high school and youth programs. Taking its name from a slave lullaby, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES aims to show the extraordinary beauty of these “throw away” horses.

For twelve years, Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works has created performance works with horses. They are dedicated to using performance to reveal the beauty and sensitivity of horses and the possibilities of the human-horse bond. Choreographer and director Paula Josa-Jones and company members Ingrid Schatz, DeAnna Pellecchia and Danielle DeVito bring their extensive experience performing with horses to this unique and moving dance work. The choreography is loosely based on the concept of the quadrille, with horses and riders performing intricate, interfacing patterns.

These are the goals for the project:
•Connection:
Bringing horses and humans together in a performance is a simple and powerful act. Sharing the language of movement creates a common ground understood and spoken by both horses and humans.
•Awareness: Drawing awareness to the issues of humane treatment of animals and the mission of compassionate rescue is central to the project and to our mission.
•Education: participants will learn the fundamentals of humane horse treatment (including Tellington TTouch and Clicker Training), and basic principles of how horses perceive the world and how we can interact with them by better understanding their movement language and becoming more conscious movers ourselves.
•Collaboration: Facilitating a creative liaison between area students and Little Brook Farm, an important equine rescue and sanctuary in upstate New York, expands and deepens community connections.
•Community: Offering a performance event with a strong educational focus, free of charge, is a way of connecting with the larger community and attracting support for the sanctuary.

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES beautifully reveals the depth and heart of the human-horse bond, and the beauty and possibility of that which is usually “thrown away.” It show us how by sharing time and space with horses; listening to them, communicating with them, learning to ground our bodies in the language of movement that we share with them, we become more compassionate, more fully human, and more a part of the shared earth.

For information on booking a performance, please fill out our form.

Or to inquire about bringing ALL THE PRETTY HORSES to your community,
please contact us at:
josajones@gmail.com
Phone: 860 364 9313
Cell: 508 627 1752

THE PERFORMERS
ESCORIALis a liberty horse trained by Sarah Hollis, owner of Tintagel
Enterprises. Pony and Sarah have been an integral part of RIDE© for
the past six years.
www.tintagelenterprises.com
SANNE, a Friesian known for his dramatic presence and unflappable
disposition, is trained and ridden by Brandi Rivera,at Grace Dressage
in Rhinebeck, NY. He has been performing with RIDE© for
the past four years.

SUPPORT
Your donation will help us to develop new performance events and
educational materials for school programs. You can make your donation here:
http://www.paulajosajones.org/cgi-local/content.cgi?pg=10

REVIEWS
From: BEDLAM FARM JOURNAL BY JON KATZ
http://www.bedlamfarm.com/blog/2011/06/27/good-blog-performance-works/

From: FULL MOON FIBER ART BY MARIA WULF:
http://www.fullmoonfiberart.com/2011/06/27/listening-with-my-heart/

From: NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY GIRL:
http://www.nycsubwaygirl.com/whats-your-inspiration/2010/11/10/equine-advocates-chatham-ny.html

From: THE STAR REGISTER:
http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2010/11/07/news/doc4cd5cf5f22a50735354717.txt

video: Ellen Sebring www.ellensebring.com
music: Electro Dub Tango