Momentum: New Dance Works


Momentum: New Dance Works was launched in 2001 as a partnership between Walker Art Center, the Southern Theater, and the now-defunct Dance Today (formerly Minnesota Dance Alliance) to commission and present new works from 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 2014, the series is curated, commissioned, and presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater with support from the Jerome Foundation. Maintaining its current format, this festival illuminates the passion and skill of the next generation’s most promising choreographers in Minnesota.

Since 2010, Springboard for the Arts has partnered with the Momentum program to offer customized professional development sessions and one-on-one counseling for the Momentum artists to prepare for opportunities leveraged by participating in the program.

Since 2014, the Momentum program has added artistic exchanges partnering with the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at Movement Research in New York City. Momentum artists and MR’s AIRs share their work in process through dialogues and showings using The Cowles Center’s distance learning technology.