Category Archives: improvisation life

the poem, the dance

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This is how I want to make dances.  This is how I want to teach.  This is how I want to be.

Thank you Mary Oliver!

 

 

Everything

I want to make poems that say right out, plainly,
what I mean, that don’t go looking for the
laces of elaboration, puffed sleeves.  I want to
keep close and use often words like
heavy, heart, joy, soon, and to cherish
the question mark and her bold sister

the dash.  I want to write with quiet hands.  I
want to write while crossing the fields that are
fresh with daises and everlasting and the
ordinary grass.  I want to make poems while thinking of
the bread of heaven and the
cup of astonishment; let them be

songs in which nothing is neglected,
not a hope, not a promise.  I want to make poems
that look into the earth and the heavens
and see the unseeable.  I want them to honor
both the heart of faith, and the light of the world;
the gladness that says, without any words, everything.

~ Mary Oliver ~

 

 

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the gorgeous press kit

IMG_0967Capprichio enjoying the still green fall grass.

 

As the book-in-hand date for Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body nears, I am delighted to be able to share the ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT . It contains links for some beautiful dances with horses, an interview, and more information about the book.  Please share this with friends and on social media.  Thank you!

 

 

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appreciation

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 12.37.03 PMDeAnna Pellecchia, Ingrid Schatz and Pony taking a break during a rehearsal.

As my book Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body comes closer to its actual premiere/opening/you-can-actually-hold-it-in-your-hand day, I am filled with so much appreciation for all the beauty, wisdom and effort by my collaborators of the last thirty-ish years.  The list is VERY long, and appears in the “Special Thanks” section of the book.  It begins and ends, of course, with Pam White, my love, inspiration and best friend of the last thirty-one years. It also includes all the horses, dancers, mentors, friends, collaborators, and those whose  stories and perspectives are woven into the book.  It does indeed, take a village!

You can pre-order the book here.

 

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happy birthday Sanne

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His sweetness.  His kindness.  His presence. His wisdom.

This is Sanne.  Sanne is a named used for Friesians of either gender.  It means Lily. On days that we want to pay homage to him, we call him Sanne the Lily of Holland.

Sanne is my principle co-therapist when I am working with a client and a horse.  He is also a principle dancer in my company of dancers and horses.  He is also my big ride.  Big gaits, big heart, big spirit, big generosity.

On July 17, Sanne will be 20.  His origin story with us goes like this.  We wanted a Friesian.  We were visiting a farm in southeast Massachusetts that imported Friesians from Holland.  I was drawn to a beautiful boy named Tsjalling who peered out through a tangle of thick, long forelock from the back of his stall.  Pam had spotted Sanne.  “What about this one? she said.  “What about Sanne?”  And so he was born into our family.

Happy Birthday, dear Sanne.  May we be blessed with many more years in your company.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

8659Glorious Sanne with the exquisite Brandi Rivera in the dance Scarlet.

 

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