Momentum: New Dance Works

Congratulations to the four artists/collectives commissioned to create new works as part of Momentum: New Dance Works 2017. The awardees are:

  • //CATHEDRAL\\ (Dolo McComb, Kimberly Lesik, and Scott Stafford)
  • Deja Stowers, BLAQ
  • Darrius Strong, STRONGmovement
  • Fire Drill (Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney)

Artists were selected by the following group of panelists:

  • Michèle Steinwald (Program Director and Producer, Momentum)
  • Philip Bither (Performing Arts Senior Curator, Walker Art Center)
  • Barbara Bryan (Executive Director, Movement Research, NYC)
  • Damon Runnals (Executive Director, Southern Theater)
  • Lynn Von Eschen (Executive Director, The Cowles Center)
  • Pramila Vasudevan (ad hoc panelist, 2013 Momentum artist)

Momentum was launched in 2001 as a partnership between The Walker Art Center, the Southern Theater, and the now defunct Dance Today (formerly Minnesota Dance Alliance) to commission and present new works from promising and innovative Minnesota dance-makers. The Jerome Foundation has generously supported this series from its inception. With the Foundation’s support, the series has become one of the most important programs for emerging dance artists in Minnesota.

Since 2001, Momentum has enabled the creation and presentation of new work by artistically and culturally diverse emerging artists that have continued to make significant contributions to the local and national arts scene, including Mathew Janczewski (2001), Emily Johnson (2002), Aparna Ramaswamy (2004), Jason Noer (2004), Morgan Thorson (2005), BodyCartography Project (2006), Karen Sherman (2006), Chris Schlichting (2008), Maia Maiden/Ellena Schoop (2008), and SuperGroup (2013), among others. The original impetus for creating Momentum continues to drive the series today. The Twin Cities remain a home for a generation of emerging dance and dance-theater creators. These artists have honed their choreographic skills and made Minnesota a national hub for contemporary dance.

Momentum: New Dance Works 2017 is set for July 13 - 22, 2017. Check out these reviews of Momentum 2015 and look for tickets for Momentum 2017, on sale July 25!

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