The Cowles Center and the McKnight Choreographer Fellowship program are pleased to announce the 2017 McKnight International Choreographer and a 2017 partnership with the Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project.

Burkina Faso/French choreographer Salia Sanou has been selected as the 2017 McKnight International Choreographer, a program that provides a Minnesota residency for one international choreographer each year to work with Twin Cities dance artists to develop and showcase. Typically we partner with a Minnesota dance company or organzation and past partners have included Zenon Dance, TU Dance, the Sewell Ballet, and currently, Karen L. Charles Threads Dane Project. 

 Sanou will be in residence in the Twin Cities in October 2017 to create a new work expressly for Threads. Threads will premiere Sanou's work November 3-4, 2017 at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. During the residency period, Sanou will offer classes and participate in a variety of dance community events at The Cowles Center and other area venues.

Check back in late summer for a full schedule of McKnight Residency events.

Read more about Salia Sanou here

While applications are not accepted from choreographers, we welcome hearing from members of the Minnesota dance and arts community who might be interested in partnering with us. 

Past choreographers include:

2016 - Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

2015 - Gioconda Barbuto

2014 - Osnel Delgado

2013 - George Stamos and Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

2012- Johan Amselem