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Joanna Mendl Shaw

The Equus Projects
New York, United States
JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been making works for stage and for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. She is the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a dance company known for its site-specific performance works for dancers and horses and for the innovative choreographic structures that have emerged from their creation process. The Equus Projects has created commissioned works in 16 States and in Europe. Its 2013 creation of a work for dancers, horses and a cast of autistic performers in Sweden, is the subject of the documentary film, Håstdans på Hovdala. Shaw’s work has been presented by Danspace, DTW, 92nd Street Y, Dancing in the Streets, Neubeger Museum, Chashama, The Drawing Center, Dance NOW, River to River Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Swamp DanceFest, Bates Dance Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute. The recipient of two NEA Choreographic Fellowships, Shaw’s work has been funded by Harkness, Jerome Robbins and Oppenheimer Foundations and a 2017 NEA Interdisciplinary Arts grant for her on-going work in the Pullman District of South Chicago. Shaw has taught on faculty at NYU/Tisch, Juilliard, Ailey, Marymount, Princeton and Montclair State. She has brought her work with Physical Listening to the NYU Medical School and the Naval War College.