Our Mission

Since 1985, Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works has been making risk-taking, adventurous dance theater that explores the borders between states of being, including gender, species, past/present, movement/stillness, light/dark. The dancers, designers and I create works that are visually rich, provocative and grounded in deep diving movement exploration. We are committed to collaborations with artists in all disciplines, and to fostering relationships with an international creative community.

Philosopher Susanne Langer says, "The aim of art is insight, understanding of the essential life of feeling." It is our intention to be generous and wild in our work and to, in the words of writer Maria Popova, "seek out and share what magnifies our spirit."

What poet Mary Oliver says about her readers is how we want to engage our audiences. She says, "I want every poem [dance] to 'rest' in intensity. I want it to be rich with pictures of the world. I want it to carry threads from the perceptually felt world to the intellectual world. I want the poem to ask something and, at its best moments, I want the question to remain unanswered. I want it to be clear that answering the question is the reader's part in an implicit author-reader pact."

Our goal with our teaching and residency work is to help others connect to their own delicious sense of embodiment and imagination, and to nourish a deeper experience of listening and attunement to self and others through wild play and conscious movement exploration.

PJJ/PW offers:
  • Performances
  • Commissions of new work
  • Residencies,master classes and workshops

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