Book Talk: ‘Our Horses, Ourselves’ with Paula Josa-Jones

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On Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 5 pm, the West Tisbury library will host a book talk with equestrian and author Paula Josa-Jones. According to a press release, Paula will present on her newly released book, “Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body,” which provides stories and strategies of equine-assisted therapy. Learn how the horse is no longer considered merely a working or recreational partner, but a conduit for healing and personal growth. In this book, Paula combines her two greatest passions — movement and horses — as she explores our understanding of the physical body and its role in communicating what is inside each of us to the outside world. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Paula Josa-Jones is a dancer, choreographer, equestrian, writer, and movement educator known for her visually rich, emotionally charged dance theater. Her work includes choreography for humans, interspecies work with horses, dancers, and riders, and film and video. Paula has been called “one of the country’s leading choreographic conceptualists” by the Boston Globe, and the Village Voice described 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 and Boston University, and at universities, colleges, and dance festivals nationally and internationally. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET) accredited by the ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She is also a Guild-Certified TTEAM (Tellington Touch Equine Awareness Method) practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly. Her book, “Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body,” was published in September 2017 by Trafalgar Square Books. For more information, visit paulajosajones.org.