I came across this and wanted to share it. The music is acommissioned score by the brilliant Ingram Marshall, and the video by the extraordinary Ellen Sebring. I developed this 23 years ago during a residency at Yaddo, inspired by traveling to the Galapagos and seeing the waved albatrosses, and by the extraordinary avian drawings of Leonard Baskin. The title is from a poem by Ann Lauterbach.
This is Andrea Kozol dancing with Jaxon earlier this summer at out workshop at the beautiful Mountain Horse Farm.
What I love about this is Jaxon’s ease with this new way of experiencing a human moving. Too often we are trying to “do” something with the horse, and need them to “do” something in response. Jaxon teaches us that he can rest in the moment, and at the same time support and receive Andrea’s dance.
I am at the beautiful Mountain Horse Farm in Naples, NY in the Finger Lakes region, teaching a Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement with Horses workshop. The farm itself is beautiful, inviting, expansive. Suzanne Vullers, the owner, is welcoming, wise and playful.
This morning I met the herd, and had the gift of an impromptu, improvisational dance with the lovely mare Cricket. Statsen, the Morgan gelding, formerly a breeding stallion, reminds me a bit of Nelson (above) and of my stallion, Capprichio. Something about both the sensitivity and the confidence.
Teaching is never a display of what I know. It is sharing questions, being open to what is unfamiliar, practicing what the brilliant Pauline Oliveros calls the “unique” strategy, meaning that every moment, every experience is new, subtly different from anything that has preceeded it.