I just posted a new page on my website, called THE HORSES. I wanted to share a bit more information about my equine collaborators, Capprichio, Amadeo and Sanne. All three have worked with me in performances, and all three are my co-therapists in my Somatic Experiencing/equine therapy practice. Each one is so unique, so clear in what they bring to a session or a dance.
As I wrote the page, I wondered, is this confusing? I am sending out appeals for the INDIEGOGO campaign for RIVER/BODY, the dance that I am creating in the Housatonic River this summer. Then I am posting about my equine work. Soon I will be telling you about some solo performances coming up this summer, and announcing a book talk or a podcast.
I don’t feel the separation among these, but more and more feel the flow of connection among them and the way that they intersect and support each other. I can feel how one led inevitably and naturally to the next, and then back again.
Many years ago I was privileged to take a 10-day Delicious Movement Workshop training with Eiko & Koma. It changed forever the way I experience and understand movement. During the workshop, Eiko said that she does not commute from her work to her daily life. I realized that I did a lot of commuting and compartmentalizing, and separating. In saying that, she helped me to find the deeper rhythms that underlie all that engages me.
Now, as I am expanding my private work, and entering the waters of a new dance, I am listening for the connections. What is it to enter and hold the river of the horses’s movement and body within the banks of my own? How can I ride and be ridden by the river? How can I support others’ capacity to connect with the deeper currents underneath that which seems to separate us? What is this common body that we share?