Momentum: New Dance Works

Momentum New Dance Works, 2019


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 combined professional development and creative process exchanges to strengthen the artistic and professional futures of the awarded dance makers. The program culminated in a two-week performance festival on July 11-13 & 18-20, 2019.

Read some reactions to the four pieces here and here.

Starting in summer of 2018, Momentum: New Dance Works will be hosted by The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, in partnership with Walker Art Center, Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, and Movement Research (NYC), and will continue to be supported by program director Michèle Steinwald (2006-present).

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 new partners (Springboard for the Arts 2010-present, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts 2014-present, Movement Research (NYC) 2014-present, and The O’Shaughnessy 2018-present), Momentum: New Dance Works has become one of the most important platforms for emerging dance artists in Minnesota today.

Previous Artists / Frey Theatre Technical Information

The 2019 Momentum: New Dance Works Festival

Week 1: July 11-13, 2019

J. H. Shuĭ Xiān and Herbert Johnson III

Week 2: July 18-20, 2019

Leslie Parker and Jonathan van Arneman

For more information contact Michèle Steinwald at

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

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