Dance + Theatre + Horsemanship

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JoAnna Mendl Shaw

121 West 17th Street, Apt 4B

New York, NY 10011

Telephone: +1 212-924-1336   

EDUCATION         

CMA. Laban Movement Studies, Laban Institute of Movement Studies                                              

Certificate in Movement studies received June 1994

CMA Project: Pre Effort Choreographic Investigation

    

                              

MFA Dance, University of Utah 1976                                  

B.A. Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College 1969

 

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE       

Contemporary Dance Technique; Composition; Improvisation,                                                         

Choreography, Physical Listening Practice; Laban Movement Analysis

Collaborative Process, Creative Process, Physical Listening & Strategic Decision-Making

Functional Anatomy for Athletes, Leadership Training

Kinetic Research & Consulting – Naval War College

Kinetic Research & Consulting – Spatial Intelligence Study, Temple University

 

 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS        

Performance Coaching, Physical Listening Coaching,                                                            

Movement Coaching for Athletes (Equestrians, Gymnasts, Skaters), Arts Advocacy

 

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, The Equus Projects / 1999-Present

DANCE DIFFERENTLY LABS / 2013 - Present

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Danceworks Northwest / 1980-1990

FOUNDER, Co-DIRECTOR, The Gender Project / 1998 - 2003

                                              

ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD

Faculty, Fordham/Ailey BFA Program – 1997-2015

Improvisation

Composition I & II

Choreographic Mentoring

Senior Seminar

Repertory

Adjunct Faculty, Marymount Manhattan 2013-2014

Composition I & II

Faculty, The Juilliard School – 2003-2013

Composition II

Choreographic Mentoring

Faculty, NYU / Tisch School of the Arts – 1995-1999

Advanced & Intermediate Dance Technique

Improvisation

Composition I & II

Choreographic Mentoring

Repertory

Full Time Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts – 1979-1991

Advanced & Intermediate Dance Technique

Improvisation

Composition I & II

Choreographic Mentoring

Repertory

Senior Seminar

Jazz

 

GUEST ARTIST / ADJUNCT FACULTY POSITIONS

Guest Artist, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ -

Dance Technique

Composition

Faculty, Montclair State University, Montclair NJ -

Advanced & Intermediate Dance Technique

Improvisation

Composition

Choreographic Mentoring

Repertory

Adjunct Faculty, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA – 1991

Dance Technique

Composition

 

 

RESIDENCIES/ CHOREOGRAPHIC COMMISSIONS

Centenary College, Hackettstown NJ / 2016

Lane Community College, Eugene, OR / 2015

University of North Caroline, Charlotte / 2015

State University of New York, Potsdam, Teaching & Creation Residency / 2015

University of Florida, Gainesville / 2012, 2013

Ohio University / 2009, 2010

Ohio State / 2009

The White Oak Plantation Yulee FL / 2008

Virginia Commonwealth University / 2004

The Ailey School / 2003, 2004

Cornish Dance Theater, 2002

Dickinson College / 2001, 2002

James Madison University / 2002

Bryn Mawr College / 2001

Hunter College / 2000

Point Park College, 2000

Rowen College / 1999

Pennsylvania Dance Theater / 1998, 1999, 2000

The Carlisle Project / 1997, 1998

Dance House, Glasgow Scotland, 1992

Theatr Clwyd, Clwyd Wales / 1992

Winnipeg Contemporary Dance, 1992

Rhode Island College / 1997

University of Rochester / 1996

SUNY Potsdam, 1992

Mount Holyoke College / 1991, 1998-9

Steps Out Scottish Ballet / 1987

Dance House, Glasgow Scotland / 1986, 1987

Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Seattle / 1983

Juneau Dance Theatre / 1982

Anchorage, Fairbanks / 1981

University of Alaska,  Evergreen State College / 1980

University of Puget Sound, 1979

Cabrillo College / 1977, 78, 79

Arizona State University / 1978

University of Puget Sound, 1978

Evergreen State / 1977

Mesa College / 1976

Western Washington University / 1976

 

 

FESTIVAL TEACHING

Swamp Dance Festival, U of F, Gainesville, 2016

Bates Dance Festival   1998, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Heifetz International Music Institute   2006 - 2012

Florida Dance Festival   2010

International Dance Festival, Zagreb Croatia 1990

Strathclyde Summer Intensive, Glasgow Scotland

Seattle Summer Institute / Bill Evans Dance Company 1976-1980

 

 

CHOREOGRAPHIC MENTOR, GUEST TEACHING, CONSULTANT

OnSite NYC – Choreographic Mentoring / 2014-Present

Choreography Design Project, Teacher & Mentor, Utah Regional Ballet, 2012

Choreo Lab, Dance New Amsterdam NYC, Teacher & Mentor, 2012

Solo Artist, Kettly Noel, Paris & Chalon France Dramaturg & Mentor , 2011

Swiss Gymnastics Federation, Teacher, Created plan for Choreographic Training, 1993 - 2001

Swiss National Gymnastic Dance Team, Olympic Training Center, Kappelen Switzerland, 2000

 

 

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING

Choreographic Residency, Zurich, 2016

Choreographic Residency, Glasgow Scotland, 2014

Choreographic Residency, Zurich Switzerland, 2014

Guest Teaching, Vienna Austria, 2014

Swiss Gymnastics Federation, Institutional Choreography and Movement Coach, 2002 -2007

Swiss Olympic Gymnastic Dance Team, Movement Coach, 2005

Budapest Hungary, 1999, 2000-2001

Seoul Korea, 2001

Zurich, Bern & Boswil Switzerland, 1993 - 2001

Winnipeg, Canada, 1992, 1993

Glasgow Scotland, 1993

Cardiff Wales, 1992, 1993

Danceworks Northwest Scotland Tour 1986, 1987

Zagreb Croatia, 1990

Kobe Japan, 1986

 

CURRENT RESEARCH, PROJECTS AND TOURING 2015

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR         

The Equus Projects / OnSite NYC

The Equus Projects & OnSite NYC Repertory / 1999-Present

The Pullman Project – Collaboration with Pullman National Park, Chicago / May 2016-June 2018

In Celebration of Wheatgrass - Collaboration with Audrey Stanley for OnSite NYC / October 2015

This is a Dance - Commissioned Site Work, SUNY Potsdam / September 2015

Film: Earth Poem - With Filmmaker, Gabriel Bienczycki, Elizabeth CO / July 2015

Grazing Gracefully – Commission for Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island NY / June 2015

(Com)Passion – Collaboration, Lacina Coulibaly / November 2014

Nattdans pa Hovdala - Commission for Klinten Kultur, Sweden / July-August 2014

Hastdans pa Hovdala – Commission for Klinten Kultur, Sweden / July 2013

OnSite NYC: Site Works for Urban Landscapes – 12 Site Works for NYC, 2012-2014

Take The Time It Takes – Judson Church, NYC / April 2013

Dancing with Horses, Welcome to Staunton, VA - Event for Heifetz Institute / July 2012

Red, Yellow, Blue - Collaboration with Visual Artists for River-to-River Festival, NYC / July 2012

Anita’s Way - Commission for Chashama, NYC / May 2012

OnSiteNYC - Site-specific Movement Installations for Urban Landscapes, NYC / May-July 2012

Score for Horses & Dancers - Johnson, VT / Sept 2011

UnStable Landscape - Collaboration w/ Carl Flink, Bates Dance Festival / August 2011

Dancing in Real Time - Collaboration w/composer Jami Sieber, Vashon, WA / August 2010

A Texas Hillside - Aubrey, TX / May 2010

Join Up! - NPN Commission for The Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT / Oct 2009

Claustrophobia - Full Evening Work, Pomona, NY / May 2010

UnStable - Created for White Oak Plantation / July 2009

Resting Ground - Vashon, WA / August 2009

Landscape: The Polo Fields - Commissioned by the Saratoga Arts Festival / June 2008

Chance Encounter Farm - Created during Bates Dance Festival, Pownal, ME / Aug 2008

Knowlton Green - Commission for American College Dance Festival / CT College / Feb 2008

Score for Dancers & Horses – Ocala, FL / January 2008

Trail Less Traveled  - Equine Affaire, Pomona, CA, / February 2007                           

Libertango - Equine Affaire, Pomona, CA, / February 2007                           

Gotan Tango - Equine Affaire, Pomona, CA, / February 2007

Seven Games - Created for Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, / August 2006

Bach Cantatas - Heifetz International Music Institute, NH  / July 2006

Rules of Engagement - Collaboration w/ Janet Biggs/ Claremont Stables, NYC/Oct 2005

Gala Performance - Connecticut Dressage Association/ OxRidge / August 2005

Ellipse - LMCC Commission for River to River Festival, NYC  / June 2005

Bach Dances - Commission for Symphony of Horses, Ocala, Florida/December 2004

EQUUS I - Commission and Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University / March 2004

Kalliope II - Riverdale Equestrian Center, Van Cortlandt Park, NY / June 2003

Kalliope II - Shelburne Museum, VT/ August 2003

Kalliope - NPN Real Arts Ways at The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT / Oct 2003

Kalliope - NPN Commission from The Flynn Center, Burlington, VT/ August 2002

Dancing With Horses - Commissioned Work for Green Mt. Horse Association Woodstock VT / 2001

Dancing With Horses at The Equestry - New Haven, VT / 2001

Dancing With Horses: Works for Dancers, Equestrians and Horses - NY & NJ / 2000

In The Landscape: Dancing With Horses, Trilogy – Commission for Mount Holyoke College /1998-9      

CHOREOGRAPHY: Choreographic Commissions (No Equines)

This is a Dance - Commissioned Site Work, SUNY Potsdam – September 2015

Red, Yellow, Blue - Collaboration with Visual Artists for River-to-River Festival, NYC / July 2012

Anita’s Way - Commission for Chashama, NYC / May 2012

Interlude for Nine - University of Georgia Core Company/ 2012

Score for Two – Created for Connecticut College ACDFA Gala Performance / 2008

Sojourn – Commission for The Ailey School / 2003

I Know You Are Listening - Commission for Oreck/Nichols Co. / 2001-2003

I Am Dancing As Hard As I Can – Commission for The Ailey School / 2002

Survival - Commission for Bryn Mawr College / 2001

Chair - Commission for Dancers’ Choreographic Project – Glasgow, Scotland / 2001

Winning: Trio for Actor, Dancer and Child – St Marks Church /2001

tangle.com - Commission for Montclair State / 2000

Big Belly - St. Marks Church/Food for Thought / 2000

Possession - Commission for Company Cie 2 in 1/ Budapest Hungary, 2000

Possession - Company Cie 2 in 1, Dance Theatre Workshop NYC, 2001

Tony &Tessa, Duet for In Line Skater and Dancer – Dance Theatre Workshop, 1999

No Ledge: Full Evening Work - Commission for 92nd Street Y NYC, 1998

The Knowledge Project - Commissioned by Neuberger Museum SUNY Purchase, 1997

Bach Dances – Sextet for 92 Street Y – 1994

Hometown - Commission for Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, 1995-1996

Coming of Age - Full Evening Work, St. Marks Church, NYC  / 1993

Gathering – Theater Clwyd, Cardiff Wales, 1993

RULES/Chaos  - Full Evening Work, Dance Theatre Workshop, NYC  / 1992

Dances For Downtown - Commission for Cornish College, Seattle / 1989

AUDIENCE - Full Evening Work, On The Boards, Seattle  / 1990

Danceworks Northwest, Seattle - 25 works, 1979-1990

 

Created 25 works for DANCEWORKS NORTHWEST, Seattle / 1979 - 1990

 

 

Athletes Projects

On Thin Ice – NYSCA Commission for Ice Theatre of New York / 2003

Ritual In Sevens – NYSCA Commission for David Liu, / 2002

Heart - NYSCA Commission for Ice Theatre of New York / 2001

Glide Circus - Dancers & In Line Skaters commissioned by Chelsea Piers /1999

Conversations with Angels - Ice Theatre of New York Commission /1998

Appalachia Waltz - NYSCA Commission for Ice Theatre of New York, NYSCA Commission  / 1998

 

 

FILM

 Hastdans pa Hovdala, 2013

Premiere: Lincoln Center Dance on Film Festival, 2014

Producer

Filmmaker, David Fishel

Film Screenings

Preservation Hall, Wellfleet MA,

Bud Warner Library, Steamboat CO,

Marchin Studios, Denver CO.

Nyack Film Festival, Nyack NY

Equus Film Festival, MIST Theatre NYC

Moving Image Festival, Limerick Ireland

Great Gorge Film Festival, Great Gorge Oregon,

Glasgow Contemporary Arts Center, Glasgow Scotland

Tanzhaus, Zurich Switzerland

Kultur Hus, Hassleholm Sweden

Danscentrum Syd, Malmo Sweden

Lincoln Center Dance on Film Festival, NYC 

 

 

FILM AWARDS

Best Documentary, Nyack Film Festival, Nyack NY 2014

Best International Documentary, Equus Film Festival, NYC 2014

 

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

National Endowment for the Arts, Interdisciplinary Grant for The Pullman Project, Chicago – 2017 – 1019

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – OnSite NYC – 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award – 2014

Francis Hazen Award – Mount Holyoke College, 2013

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & The Drawing Center - Commission / 2012

Chashama - Commission / 2012

Bates Dance Festival Commissions / 2006, 2008

Economic Revitalization for the Performing Arts (ERPA) Grant / 2008-2010

National Performance Network Commissioning Grants / 2002, 2009

Jerome Robbins Foundation / 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

The Harkness Foundations for Dance / 1995-2006

Trust for Mutual Understanding & Dance Theatre Workshop Suitcase Fund / 1995 - 1997

Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC / 2005

Open Meadows Foundation / 2000, 2001

Bossak Heilbron Foundation / 1999

National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships -1990, 1992

Special Achievement Award/ Seattle Corporate Council for the Arts Seattle -1986

King County Arts Commission grants 1979-1990

Washington State Arts Commission 1979-1990

 

 

ARTICLES

"Empowered Decision-Making and Dancing in Real Time"

A College Residency with JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Dance Education in Practice

“An Unconventional Perspective”

In the Green Room

Dance USA Online, 2015

Holistic Horse / April-May 2013

 “ Dancing with Horses, Synergy of horse and human epitomizes the join up”

Savvy Times 2013

“Dancing with Horses, Sweden”

 

Contact Quarterly / 2013,

“Round Pen Scores, Dances Informed by Natural Horsemanship”

 

Izilwane, Connecting the Human Animal to the Global Ecosystem / 2012

“Dancing With Horses”

 

Dance USA / 2007

“Is Dance an Equal-Opportunity Profession? The Gender Project offers insights into gender inequities in the field, and what might be done to address them”

 

BOARDS & ADVOCACY

Board of Directors – The Equus Projects

Board of Directors - The Field

Board of Directors - Ice Theatre of New York

Co-Founder/Board of Directors - The Gender Project

Board of Directors - Ping Chong & Company

Board & Co_founder - Career Transitions for Dancers, Seattle

Founder, Board of Directors – Danceworks Northwest, Seattle