Directory (Tenants)

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts is home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations.  Below is a listing of the tenants with office space in The Cowles Center.

Roberta Walburn

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 405, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Shapiro & Smith Dance

Tel
612.879.0863
528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 401, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Shapiro & Smith Dance, the creative and presentation vehicle for the choreography of Joanie Smith seeks to use dance to articulate culture, express feelings, and explore ideas for a broad audience. The company enjoys a reputation for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from the searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. The dancers move with a breathtaking physicality and emotional depth that has earned the company an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and abandon.

Founded in 1987, the company began as a collaboration between Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith who met while dancing for Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais. They created their first choreography during a Fulbright Lectureship in Helsinki, Finland. Their blend of contemporary dance and dramatic theater has been presented throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia by major festivals and venues including the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s DanSpace Project, P.S. 122, Festival di Milano, Teatro de Danza in Mexico City, Recklinghausen RuhrFestSpiele, and the Korean International Festival. Their work has been in the repertories of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago among many others. Shapiro & Smith Dance is a 2012 recipient of a Sage Award for Outstanding Performance. 

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Tel
763.521.7738
528 Hennepin Avem, Suite 707, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) is a internationally-recognized performance company that has been co-directed by Suzanne Costello and Stuart Pimsler since 1978. In the US, SPDT’s work has been presented at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow, and The American Dance Festival, among many others. Internationally the company’s work has been presented in Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, and Bermuda. SPDT has been a Twin Cities-based performance company for over 10 years; the company has twice been presented by the Guthrie Theater, as well as in communities throughout Minnesota. SPDT is honored to be the only US company invited to perform at the Tanzmesse International Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany in summer 2012.

Temporal Design

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 301, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus

Tel
612.339.7664
528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 307, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is an award-winning Chorus that has built a solid reputation for musical excellence and adventuresome programming.

With over 120 singing members, the Chorus and OutLoud! produce and present a full concert season every year and are also featured at a number of other special appearances and outreach programs locally, throughout the Midwest and the nation.

VSA Minnesota

Tel
62.332.3888
528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 305 Minneapolis MN 55403

VSA Minnesota is the state organization on arts and disability. Its mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts.

Zenon Dance Company

Tel
612.338.1101
528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403

One dynamic company – nearly three decades of modern and jazz dance performed with passion, perfection and panache. Zenon Dance Company has been a standard-bearer of artistic excellence in the Twin Cities for 30 years. One of the nation’s only professional modern- and jazz-dance repertory troupes, Zenon’s eclectic repertory showcases signature works by emerging and established choreographers—more than 50 regional, national and international dance artists to date. The Zenon dancers are renowned for their tremendous stylistic diversity, technical virtuosity and artistic integrity. They’re also a national favorite among critics and audiences for their fearless physicality and emotional intelligence. The peerless Zenon Dance Company has been described as “the dance company that can do it all” and “in a league of its own” by the Star Tribune.

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