Momentum: New Dance Works

MOMENTUM: NEW DANCE WORKS | July 8-10 & 15-17, 2021

Performed at Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater, co-presented by Walker Art Center and The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Momentum New Dance Works

(Photo Credit: Alice Gebura)

Momentum: New Dance Works is a hugely respected platform for commissioning and presenting original contemporary dance of all genres, featuring works created by four emerging/early career choreographers/choreographic collaborations based in Minnesota.

Motivated by love and the belief that all dances create deep and sincere human connections, Momentum is committed to working together towards mutually beneficial relationships rooted in respect, while generously holding one another accountable in the process. Our aim is to provide an exchange free of oppressive biases including racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, ableism, ageism, bullying, and classism.

In addition to financially supporting and presenting the new creations, the 14-month process combines career development and creative process exchanges to strengthen the artistic and professional futures of the awarded dance makers. The program culminates in a two-week performance festival on July 8-10 & 15-17, 2021.

For the 20th Anniversary festival, Momentum: New Dance Works 2021 commissioned projects will be performed at Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater, co-presented by Walker Art Center and The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. The program will be supported by incoming program director DejaJoelle and outgoing program director Michèle Steinwald over a 9-month transition process.


EXTENDED: Request for Proposals open with applications due on Monday, June 8, 2020 by 6:00 PM CDT



Virtual Informational Sessions

Sign up required: 

  • April 21 at 12pm (via Zoom)

  • May 11 at 3pm (via Zoom)

  • May 26 at 5pm (via Zoom)

**Questions about the application process? 
Email to be in touch directly with DejaJoelle and Michèle Steinwald.

Since its inception in 2001, Momentum’s commissioning and presenting program has been funded by the Jerome Foundation. Thanks to the vision of its founding partners (Walker Art Center 2001-present, the Southern Theater 2001-2017, the now-defunct Dance Today/formerly Minnesota Dance Alliance 2001), and additional partners (The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts 2014-present, Movement Research (NYC) 2014-2019, Springboard for the Arts 2010-2019, The O’Shaughnessy 2018-2019), Momentum: New Dance Works has become one of the most important platforms for emerging dance artists in Minnesota today.

Momentum: New Dance Works is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

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