CCT: 2013 AF Bio - Josa-Jones

2013 Artist Fellowship Recipient



Paula Josa-Jones

Sharon, Connecticut


{Paula Josa-Jones}


SPEAK is a dance about language and the absence of language in its usual form. It was sparked by my work with my autistic godson and some physical research into apraxia and synesthesis.


The fellowship will give me a much-needed opportunity to deepen and expand my work as both a choreographer and a performer. The fellowship will allow me to take more extravagant and satisfying time with my creative process. It will free me from some of my daily commitments and allow me to dive deep into this new work.



Paula Josa-Jones is a dancer, choreographer, director, and equestrian known for her visually rich, emotionally-charged dance theater. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers, and riders, 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 various universities, colleges, and dance festivals, nationally and internationally. Her work with dance and horses includes live performances, film, and humanitarian work with rescued and abused horses. She teaches an intuitive, improvisational approach to the human-horse bond through movement and touch, as well as riding and performing with her horses Sanne and Capprichio.