Paula Josa-Jones

Teaching Artist

PAULA JOSA-JONES is a dance artist, choreographer, author, visual artist and
movement educator known for her visually rich, emotionally charged dance theater. Her
work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and
riders, as well as film and video. Josa-Jones has been called “one of the country’s
leading choreographic conceptualists” by the Boston Globe and the Village Voice
describes her work as “powerful, eccentric, and surreal”. Her dances have been
produced in Russia, Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States. She has taught
in the dance programs at Tufts University, Boston University and at universities,
colleges and dance festivals nationally and internationally. She is a Certified Laban
Movement Analyst (CMA) and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist
(RSMET) accredited by the ISMETA. She is a Guild-Certified TTEAM (Tellington Touch
Equine Awareness Method) practitioner and Somatic Experiencing ® practitioner (SEP).
She is the founder of Embodied Equine Experiencing, which uses conscious touch and
conscious movement in partnership with horses for the treatment of trauma, and to
support engaged embodiment. Her writings on movement and dance have been
published in Contact Quarterly. Her book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the
Common Body, was published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Josa-Jones choreographic work has similarities to the deeply psychological and often
dark world presented by the Tanztheater of Pina Bausch. However, Josa-Jones does
not concern herself exclusively with the male/female relationships always at the center
of Bausch’s work. Much of Josa-Jones’s solo work in particular arises from her own
experience of being gender queer, and movement/choreographic explorations of the
deeply complex architecture of identity and expression. Paula has taught and practiced
Authentic Movement for the past 35 years.

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