Interspecies Journey: A residency with JoAnna Mendl Shaw and The Equus Projects

The guest artist residency explores the physical dialogue between people and equines. The Equus Projects residency is in collaboration with CSU Equine Sciences. We invite students, faculty, community members, and equines, together, to explore physical dialogue and understanding through collaborative workshops in shared spaces.

“. . . sharpen our noticing and creative decision-making skills” and “capitalize on the shared dialogue and intersections of interdisciplinary and interspecies work”.


All events and activities are free and open to the public. Locations vary.

Introduction to Theory and Practice: Observing horses at liberty
Discussion and activities led by CSU Equine faculty Sarah Matlock & JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Sunday, October 8, 1-3:30 p.m., CSU Equine Center/Indoor Arena/Temple Grandin Center

Informal Sharing of Interspecies Journey (excerpt)
Sunday, October 8, 6:30-9 p.m., UCA Dance Studio 101
Followed by a movement workshop

Humans and Equines Moving Together in Shared Space
Monday, October 9, 1-4 p.m., CSU Equine Center/Outdoor Arena

Choreography/Composition Class
With CSU Dance and Equine Students
Thursday, October 12, 3:30-5:10 p.m., UCA Dance Studio 101

The Equus Projects Performance: Interspecies journey with students
Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m., UCA Dance Theatre
Followed by a panel discussion with JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Sarah Matlock, CSU Equine Faculty, and Tamara Merrit (Community Partner: Hearts & Horses)

Community Workshop: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Embodied Thinking
Q&A with performers and Sarah Matlock
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., UCA Dance Studio 101
Followed by a screening of the film Hastdans pa Hovdala (60 min.)

About the guest

JoAnna Mendl Shaw is an internationally recognized choreographer and dance educator whose unique inter-species approach to movement education and choreography has influenced dancers throughout the States and Europe. Shaw’s site works for The Equus Projects bring dancers and horses into shared landscapes in works made for festivals, arts presenters, equine venues, and museums. Equus has created works in 21 States and in Europe. The Equus Projects’ OnSite NYC series has brought kinetic invention into urban landscapes. Shaw received two NEA Choreographic Fellowships and 2018 and 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Interdisciplinary grants for her multi-year creation projects in the Pullman District of South Chicago.

This residency is generously supported by the CLA Ann Gill Visiting Lecturer and Artist Award, and the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment.


Date: October 8, 2023 - October 14, 2023
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Organizer: Lisa Morgan
Phone: N/A

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