Meet the Artists: Audience Engagement Series

The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts is excited to bring you our Meet the Artists: Audience Engagement Series. These discussions are the ideal opportunity to deepen your live performance experience by engaging with the artists, learning about their process and asking your questions. Meet the Artists: Audience Engagement Series discussions will take place in The Goodale Theater (unless otherwise noted) immediately following the performance and will last between 20 and 45 minutes.

The discussions will be facilitated either by one of the artists, the Artistic Director or an expert from the community and will begin with introductions to the artists and collaborators. The facilitator will then open the conversation with a leading question that gets to the heart of the research and material, reveals something about the artistic process, and serves as a jumping off point for an open dialogue with the audience. 

Meet the Artists: Audience Engagement Series 2016/17 Schedule 

Saturday May 20

Facilitator: Herbert Johnson III (Choreographer)
Leading Question:  MixTape is a collaboration of seven local artists who all examine "What is Hip Hop"? What different styles did you see represented in the show and how are these choreographers pushing this ever-evolving dance form?

Momentum: New Dance Works Festival
Friday July 13 & 21

Previous 2016/17 Meet the Artist Discussions

Katha Dance Theatre
Sunday September 18

Facilitator: Derek Phillips (Company Member)
Leading Question:  Why Sufiana and why now?

Solo: McKnight Dance Fellows
Saturday September 24

Facilitator: Mary Ellen Childs (Program Director, McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers)
Leading Question: SOLO is an evening of six new dances. How does the solo form differ from group work? And how did these 6 solos contrast and compliment one another?

Twin Cities Tap Festival
Friday October 21

Facilitator: Kaleena Miller (Co-Director, Twin Cities Tap Festival)
Leading Questions: 

  • Improvisation is integral part of tap dance.  How do you approach it?
  • Where is tap dance today and where do you think or hop it will go?

Zenon Dance Company
Saturday November 19

Facilitator: Linda Z. Andrews (Artistic Director)
Leading Question: Zenon Dance Company is performing three premiere works and one repertory work in their 34th Fall Season, created by four different choreographers. 
What are the challenges for the dancers performing four separate choreographic styles and concepts in one evening? 

Contempo Physical Dance
Friday February 24

Facilitator: Marciano Silva dos Santos (Artistic Director) & Kasano Mwanza (Dancer)
Leading Question: What does Balacobaco mean to you?

St. Paul Ballet
Friday March 3

Facilitator: Darwin Black (Choreographer)
Leading Question: How, as a dancer, do you prepare for a program with such diverse movement qualities from piece to piece?

Twin Cities Ballet
Friday March 10

Facilitator: Rick Vogt (Associate Artistic Director)
Leading Question
What inspired Twin Cities Ballet to create a ballet based on Frankenstein?

Minnesota Dance Theatre
Friday April 7

Facilitator: Judith Brin Ingber (Dance Expert)
Leading Question: Created during an exciting period of choreographic play in the 1960s-1970s, Glen Tetley’s Mythical Hunter’s and Christopher Bruce’s Moonshine remain relevant to this day. Why do these works continue to transcend through the decades? 

Flying Foot Forum & Zorongo Flamceno Dance
Saturday April 22

Facilitator: Susana di Palma (Zorongo Artistic Director) & Joe Chvala (FFF Artistic Director)
Leading Question: What do the two dance forms have in common and how do they differ from one another?