Still Life for The Cowles Center

Morgan Thorson

Still Life for The Cowles Center

Mediating death, loss, and anxiety, seven outstanding dancers are charged to kill the choreography! What happens when the dance is pulled to pieces, systematically dismantled, when the performers have nothing more to do? And how do systems of communication trigger power, action, and survival?

With the audience seated on the stage, Morgan Thorson presents Still Life for The Cowles Center, created exclusively for The Goodale Theater. Within the space of the proscenium theater—imagined as an obsolete, picturesque diorama—this intimate 90-minute production resituates and compresses the epic five-hour dance originally created for the Weisman Art Museum in 2015.

Funding Credits

Still Life is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co- commissioned by Performance Space 122 in partnership with American Dance Institute, Weisman Art Museum, INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) and National Performance Network(NPN). Still Life for The Cowles Center was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State  Arts Board and the
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; 
the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project; and has received support from the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University and the David and Leni Moore Jr., Family Fund. This project was developed in residence at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, the Weisman Art Museum, and The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, and The Creative Exchange Lab at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

NPN’s Creation Fund is supported by the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), for more information: National Dance Project receives lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Dance Project and the Creation Fund are supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Mar 17
Fri @ 7:30pm
Mar 18
Sat @ 7:30pm
Mar 19
Sun @ 3:00pm

Thorson is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist awardee and a Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Creative Exchange Lab resident. As a choreographer and performer, she draws from a spectrum of approaches to create her dances, which include Faker (2006), Docudrama (2008), Heaven (2010), Spaceholder Festival (2012), and YOU (2014). She is the recipient of fellowships from United States Artists (2012), the Guggenheim (2010), the McKnight Foundation (2002, 2009), as well as two Sage Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Currently, Thorson is a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University, where she works across Dance, Archaeology, and Religious Studies.