January 29, 2019

Pasture Dances: The animals create the choreography

Whether we realize it or not, site-specific performances are defined in large part by the sentient beings that occupy the space. In urban settings, site choreographers often take for granted
the ambient passerby or a...

August 9, 2018

In 2005 I received the following email from Linda Parelli, a master equine trainer, seasoned equestrian and the brilliant mind responsible for collaborating with her husband, Pat Parelli on codifying the Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaching platforms.

Between 2004 and...

August 5, 2018

We blink when we are processing information - or perhaps at the moment when the information enters the brain.

  • Blinking occurs at the conclusion of an action

  • Blinking is the hidden punctuation to thought

  • Blinks are the rest stops, when the brain is assimila...

August 4, 2018

Vashon Island, WA

Watching a sunset on Vashon Island feels like you are witnessing the sun falling off the edge of the earth.

Vashon, or Vashon-Maury Island, is the largest island in the Puget Sound south of Admiralty Inlet. There are no bridges to connect the island wit...

July 26, 2018

I know many excellent equine trainers who use treats as learning incentives. My mistake was using a teaching strategy in a performance situation. My misguided logic was that treats would improve the attentiveness of my equine partner. Instead, I had a horse that focuse...

July 26, 2018

A creation process that creates a visible after image...

In November 2013, The Equus Projects was invited to teach a daylong session on Physical Listening and Strategic Decision-Making for mid-career Naval engineers at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. We were to wo...

July 6, 2018

The Equus Projects launches its multi-year plan to Bring the Arts to Rural America with residencies in Western New York State.

There is not much about The Equus Projects that conforms to the traditional dance company format and it’s June 2018 tour to Ithaca, NY was no...

May 7, 2018

Site Work in Zurich

Equus Artistic Director JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been teaching and creating work in Zurich since 1992, collaborating with Zurich dancer / choreographer Tina Mantel in teaching residencies and creation projects.

In May 2018 Shaw choreographed a work with...

January 5, 2017

The Breaking Ring is a performance project that brings accountability for choice directly into the creation process and performance arena. The centerpiece of the work is a movement practice called Physical Listening that evolved out of The Equus Projects’ choreographic...

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