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JUNE 13-18, 2017 • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO NORTH CAMPUS • BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA
PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 
Wednesday, June 14 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
KS03 SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE: The Breaking Ring

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The Breaking Ring frames the lively process of listening and decision-making in a work that exposes the creation process unfolding in real time.

The Breaking Ring takes place inside a 16’ x 22’ space, delineated by white picket fencing. The audience surrounds this enclosure, witnessing at close range, four performers taking a deep dive into physical listening and visceral decision-making, crafting small dances in real time.

The physical listening and decision-making process embedded inside this work is based on The Equus Projects’ inter-species performance works with horses – where listening, leadership, negotiation and adaptability play out with very real consequences. In The Breaking Ring we sense the same high stakes: The performers are deeply committed to listening and responding to kinetic situations that demand immediate, honest engagement and accountability.

The progression of visceral duets evolves into a format that playfully allows for two spectators to enter the performance, their movement decisions deftly woven into the theatrical trajectory.

The Breaking Ring playfully moves beyond traditional notions of dance and performance,
enticing viewers to experience the creative process along with the performers and embracing the possibility that an audience can indeed be both a spectator and active participant.

The performance will be followed by a dialogue with The Equus Projects’ Creative Director JoAnna Mendl Shaw, the performers, and Gary Hirsch.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Ellie Van Bever

Ellie Van Bever

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
Ellie van Bever graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science in 2013. Upon graduation she joined Christopher K. Morgan and Artists in Washington DC. Since moving to New York she has performed with Thea Little, AnA Collaborations, and SagaDance Company.
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Meredith Clemons

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
Meredith Clemons is a Brooklyn, NY based performing artist. She earned her BA in dance performance from Muhlenberg College where she was able to perform works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Dorell Martin. Meredith spent a semester studying... Read More →
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Steven Dahlberg

Director, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Education Foundation
Steven Dahlberg has more than 25 years of experience collaborating with diverse experts from around the world to help people better understand how to tap into and apply both individual and collective creative thinking. He founded and directs the International Centre for Creativity... Read More →
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Raymond Hinds

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
A graduate of the Ailey Fordham BFA program, after graduation Raymond Hinds spent a year in the Graham Second Company. He began working with The Equus Projects in March and is exciting to be on his first tour with the company.
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Gary Hirsch

Oregon, United States, On Your Feet
Gary's work is a mash-up of visual arts, improvisation and business. He is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a pioneer in the field of applied improvisation helping organizations such as Nike, Disney, Apple and others generate new ideas, collaborate, engage audiences and walk their... Read More →
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Deb Maciel

Performer, The Equus Projects
Debbie is a freelance artist born in Miami, FL and based in Brooklyn, NY – dabbling in dance, theatre, choreography, writing, and visual arts. After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Florida and Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Debbie toured her... Read More →
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Joanna Mendl Shaw

Artistic Director, The Equuus Projects, The Equus Projects
JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been making works for stage and for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. She is the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a dance company known for its site-specific performance works for dancers and horses and for the innovative choreographic structures... Read More →



Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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