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Tuesday, June 13


KS01 KEYNOTE: Art is Ripping Your Guts Out and Putting Them on the Table
To consumers, art “things” magically appear. You watch them on your iPhone or have Amazon ship them to you or buy tickets to them. But to its creator, art is not a “thing,” it’s an act – an immersive process, requiring personal risk and exposure at every step. This is why there are more accountants than novelists – it’s scary to commit to your own creative vision. Much easier to prioritize something like making money, shopping or cleaning your office — again. In this preview of the book he’s now struggling to write, Steve Stockman defines the process this way: Art is ripping your guts out and putting them on the table.
You’ll learn:
• Why making art is miserable and painful and why people do it anyway (which is only sometimes because they’re totally unqualified for other work).
• How creating art is related to – but not the same as – the Creative Problem Solving process.
• And why discovering where disaster lurks is the secret to becoming the artist you want to be.

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Steve Stockman

Writer, Director and Author, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck
Steve Stockman is president of LA-based Custom Productions, and a producer, writer and director of over 200 commercials, web series, short films, music videos, and TV shows. He is also a partner in Right Side Blind Productions, a television development company partnership with Read More →

Tuesday June 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
University at Buffalo North Campus John James Audubon Pkwy & Core Road, Buffalo, NY 14260
Wednesday, June 14


KS02 SPOTLIGHT: Improv, Robots and Monsters: The Art of Letting Go
In this highly interactive and experiential session, artist and improviser Gary Hirsch will explore the power of co-creation and how letting go of an idea can be one of your most powerful and surprising creative acts. You will gain hands-on experience in collaborative behaviors – such as Noticing More, Letting Go, and Using Everything – that you can apply to any creative endeavor.

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Gary Hirsch

Artist, Improviser and Co-Founder, 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 talk ... all while having a ridiculously good time. | | Gary is also a visual artist and the creator of Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
University at Buffalo North Campus John James Audubon Pkwy & Core Road, Buffalo, NY 14260


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.

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Ellie van Bever

Performer, 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

Performer, 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 at the Accademia dell'Arte in Italy and was able to further her dance exploration independently throughout Europe. In New York, Meredith has had the pleasure of... Read More →
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Deb Maciel

Per, 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 native FL with long time collaborator Shannon Healey performing their site-specific show Bubble Dance before setting her sights on NY. Debbie has... Read More →
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JoAnna Mendl Shaw

Creative Director, The Equus Projects
JoAnna Mendl Shaw is known for her large-scale site specific works. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, numerous grants and choreographic commissions, Shaw has choreographed for ice dancers, in-line skaters, gymnasts and equestrians. Her dance work has been presented in New York and at venues and commissioned by dance companies throughout the States and in Europe. In 1998 Shaw launched The Equus... Read More →
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Kenneth Shook

Kenneth is a New York-based actor from the west coast focusing on film and television and, in between submissions and auditions, self-generated projects. Originally from Centralia, in Washington State, Kenneth settled in the Seattle area where he enjoyed success as a wedding photographer, horse ranch manager, and fund development professional – simultaneously. Up at the crack of dawn, he spent his mornings mucking horse stalls... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
University at Buffalo North Campus John James Audubon Pkwy & Core Road, Buffalo, NY 14260