Momentum: New Dance Works 2017

Ticket Prices: 
General Admission - $20

“The Momentum Dance series has been an important platform for emerging dancers and choreographers in the Twin Cities for the past decade”--Star Tribune has described past Momentum performances as representing "the diversity and strength of Twin Cities dance" where a "sense of trained, intentional risk, this shared moment of vulnerability and confidence speaks loudly to the hours and energy that all the choreographers and dancers ... invested to get here."

Momentum is among the most popular platforms of emerging choreographic talent in the Twin Cities. Featuring two new works each evening, the series highlights an exciting next generation of dance creators.

2017's commissioned artists/collaboratives are:

Week 1: July 13 – 15, 2017
(ASL Interpretation provided by Rosalinda Estrada on Friday, July 14)

  • Fire Drill and Tom Comitta (Los Angeles)
    Bill: The Musikill 
    Performance duo Fire Drill teams up with LA-based sound poet Tom Comitta to deliver Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical set in a dystopian, post-climate-disaster tech commune. Pushed to the blistering pace of hyper-entertainment from start to finish, this exhausting spectacle measures the human cost of engineered happiness.
  • BLAQ
    Taneber/BLAQ Wall Street
    The women who are BLAQ embody celebration in Taneber/BLAQ Wall Street. This is where sisterhood is rooted, home is reflected, and meaning and truths are created. Surrounded by music and a marketplace stocked with food and libations, the act of celebration is welcomed to all. 

Week 2: July 20 - 22, 2017

  • //CATHEDRAL\\ 
    Like an exquisite corpse drawing, divided into three parts that combine to complete one fantastical form, the three artists in //CATHEDRAL\\ assemble themselves into strange images to create a dreamscape of dance. De’Light is a nonstop slithering slideshow that blends into a single storyline sideshow, ever dabbling in fairy tales and mysticism.
    *Please note: De'Light contains brief nudity.

  • STRONGmovement
    Super powers, super heroes, super natural? STRONGmovement finds strength in humanity. Shielding themselves while navigating inside their new fate, the characters in “6” reveal the next step in human evolution, where past/present/future can be manipulated, and each individual’s inner resilience bonds them to face the unknown as an interconnected force.

Performances take place at the Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave. in Minneapolis

The series is presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater.

Momentum is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation. 

Photos courtesy Walker Art Center, by Gene Pittman