Lectures and Panel Talks

Periodically the Cowles Center will host and partner to provide lectures and panel talks to the public that compliment our performances and other activities in the community. Upcoming events will be listed in our calendar. Past events are listed below and have video (for the most part) so you can revisit or experience the dialogue at any time. 

Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts’ participatory lecture and panel series, launched in fall of 2014, completed 12 separate events (see below) over its three year history in the U.S. Bank Atrium. The series will continue at the Ordway in fall of 2017 in partnership with The Cowles Center. We invite you to explore these conversations with us.

Dance, Influences, and Archives

As we prepare to hand over the final documents to the Performing Arts Archives (PAA) at the University of Minnesota Libraries, we invite you to contribute your story as well. Join us in a conversation around what has been collected, where these stories take us, and how we can fill in the gaps for the next generation of artists, researchers, and advocates.

Talking Dance: Valda Setterfield and Sage Cowles (Fall 2011)

Join New York-based actor/dancer Valda Setterfield as she shares her history as part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in conversation with Sage Cowles. 

A Surprisingly Big Dance Town (Spring 2011)

How did we get here?  What’s our story? Please join your peers from our Surprisingly Big Dance Town for an afternoon for sharing stories of the history of dance in Minnesota.