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Drinker of Wind

Performance 2021

The horse looks at the horizon; while gazing at the sunset, he feels a slight blow to his ribs and remembers the rider’s weight on his back. Despite the familiar sensation of weight, he cannot remember the rider’s face, nor when or why the rider mounted him. Yet, he knows that the blow singled, they must continue walking.

The close bond between horses and humans is thousands of years old. Horses helped people, goods, and ideas move across huge distances and shaped the ancient world’s power structures and social systems. The horse was a status symbol and the evidence of human ability to civilize nature for human needs, a symbol of territorial conquest and colonialism.

However, the large animal, galloping over long distances, has never been entirely domesticated, its physical power leaving it always somewhat wild and dangerous. Thus, in order to maintain contact with the wild, a unique mode of communication developed between humans and horses. This is a kind of third language – not entirely human nor entirely equine: it is based on physical contact, emotional connection, and adaptation to physical movements. Those who speak the language affirm its healing powers.

For the performance "Drinker of Wind” the audience is seated on the edge of the horses’ training area in Grandpa Jack’s Therapy Farm in Ein Yael. Theories standing on the interface between nature and training meet on the horsemanship training arena, approaches between obedience and freedom, perceptions contemplating the intimacy of training and limiting the wild in our lives through the complex reciprocal relations between horse and rider.

Director: Tchelet Weisstub                 
Music: Sachi Piro                                   
Sound Archive: Keren Ofer
Actors:  Yossef sardi, Yaela Toledano   
Costumes: Aner Shevah                           
Construction: Daniel Paley
Assistant Director: Achinoam Mendelson
Props: Dahna rachel hazan
Styling: Ola Savchuk
Freedom Ranch: Talia Shurba, Instructor          
Special thanks to: B. Michael Valerie de Schein, Sasha Tcherniya, Katia Mirtziki, and Gil Ben Yishai from Grandpa Jack’s Therapy Farm