NOTE: The workshop on December 16 has been canceled.
Professional director and choreographer and Princeton Arts Fellow Will Davis is embarking on a new project and would be thrilled to include students in the workshop process. Untitled Horse Show will be an autobiographical piece about his experience as a transgender person.
Davis offers this context: “The horse has always been a significant symbol of queer masculinity to me, and I am planning to make a wild and strange new play, in which I transform into a horse and the audience does too. There will be horse dances and horse songs. There will be handmade horse spectacle, there will be nonbinary perfect queer delight. Ultimately this piece will need a chorus of performer-horses, and I need help figuring it all out. I’m extending an invitation to students to join me once a month in the studio to participate in developing aspects of the show.”
Workshops Schedule & Details
Free and open to all Princeton students. Each workshop session will be led by Davis and a different designer each month, and each will include a Q&A with the designer and snacks. Students are welcome to attend one workshop or all. RSVP not required but if you plan to come to a session, please email Will Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30 — Dressage Dance Workshop, Part 1
Led by Will Davis. We’ll be working on how to execute the sequence of movements known as Aires Above the Ground.
October 14 — Building Space for A Horse
Led by Will Davis and set designer Arnulfo Maldonado. We’ll be working on how to turn research ideas into concrete ideas in the space. In specific this week I’m looking at the exercise patterns horses learn in the arena and how to transpose those lines and shapes into spatial design. This workshop has space for those who want to participate and those who want to observe, everyone is welcome! *Special Note: This workshop will take place in Drapkin Studio, not Berlind Rehearsal Room.
October 28 — Dressage Dance Workshop, Part 2
Led by Will Davis. We’ll be continuing work on how to execute the sequence of movements known as Aires Above the Ground.
November 11 — How to Dress Like a Horse
Led by by Will Davis and costume designer Oana Botez. We’ll be working on how to use pedestrian materials/clothes/objects to create horse suits.
November 18 — How to Sing Like a Horse
Held in Wallace Theater. Led by Will Davis and composer/writer Truth Bachman. We’ll be learning original horse songs written by Will and Truth.
December 2 — How to Project a Horse
Led by Will Davis and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. We’ll experiment with how projection can transform the human body into a horse.
December 16 — How to Illuminate a Horse
Led by Will Davis and lighting designer Jen Schriever. Using DIY lighting methods, we’ll work on how to use light, shadow and darkness to reveal a horse.