This was a big year for Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works and for me personally. For one thing, we successfully birthed River/Body. That project was in some ways like the baby that did not want to be born, with an ambivalent mother. Let me be clear. I love the project and love the river in ways that surprise me – I had not expected to feel such an emotional and potent sense of connection to this body of moving water.
So what was the problem? In part, trying to gather $$$ support felt a lot like herding feral cats. People are busy, or they “don’t get it.” What is this dancing in the river anyway? Why would you do that? What’s wrong with the theater? Again and again, I found my nose pressed against that hard wall.
I get it. I know that there are a thousand worthy, incredibly urgent causes. Syria, Yemen, Central America, the looming climate catastrophe, animals that are suffering, children who are hurt, girls who are not being educated.
But I feel that we each have to find a place of inspired action within this chaos. In this moment, mine is the river and its connection to global waters. I want to share the stunning fact (thank you Andrea Olsen) that within 16 days of living within a particular watershed, those waters literally make up the 70% of your body that is water!!!! Your relationship with your fluid neighborhood is not abstract — it is cellular, immediate.
My other place of inspired action is the horses, and what they teach us about being human. So I am making a video documentary of the new work I am developing with horses: Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement. It too is connected to this fluid theme. We are 70% water, as is the horse, which in the horse translates to 770 pounds or 96 gallons of water for the average 1,100-pound horse. Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement engages the body’s fluids to open a moving connection or flowing water dance that unfolds when we shift our awareness from muscles and bones to cells and fluids. I love this new work, this subtle, potent way of dancing with horses, and I love sharing it with clients and students.
So tell me something: How can I better reach and connect this work with others? What are some inspired, perhaps unexplored fundraising ideas? What is important to you in your own work and outreach? I really want to hear from you!