August 5, 2018


Ten years ago I decided to learn the art of throwing a pot and filled my kitchen cupboards with  bowls and coffee cups that progressed from oddly misshapen to graceful. I spent hours in the local pottery studio, quickly becoming addicted to the feel of the clay, its d...

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 5, 2018

How unique and refreshing to be in connection with another human being who is a listener as a teacher, a student as a director, and curious as an expert. These are all consistent qualities that I had the utmost pleasure interacting with in JoAnna Mendl Shaw in Buffalo,...

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...

June 5, 2017

In 2005 we collaborated with a brilliant video artist, Janet Biggs, who taught us a great deal about creating imagery by stripping away anything that is not essential. Janet is a video artist an equestrian. She rides large Dutch Warm Bloods and has some serious equestr...

June 5, 2017

I love to watch dancers who comfortably inhabit their own bodies with no protective layers or pretense. They are completely present and are able to inhabit movement with uncomplicated directness. Working with horses the ego gets stripped away and we are left with simpl...