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.

Read more about Salia Sanou here

Salia Sanou Residency - Calendar of Events

CLASSES

Threads Dance Project Company Class (open to all experienced dancers)
Lundstrum Performing Arts, 1617 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411
October 9, 11, 16, 18; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
*All classes taught by Salia Sanou

Price: $5/class (cash only)

 

Community Class Series
BODIES BEYOND BORDERS
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
September 23 – November 11; Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Price: $5/class; $20 for a 5-class pass

September 23 – Michel Kouakou (MN/Cote d’Ivoire)
September 30 – Djenane Saint Juste (MN/Haiti)
October 7 – Marciano Silva dos Santos (MN/Brazil)
October 14 – November 4 – Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso/France)
November 11 – Karla Nweje (MN/Gullah Geechee Nation)

 

EVENTS

Panel Discussion: African Contemporary Dance in a Global Context
Barbara B. Barker Center for Dance – University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Featuring panelists:

Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso), 2017 McKnight International Choreographer, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Michel Kouakou (Minnesota/Cote d’Ivoire), Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), Cowles Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Panel moderated by: Diyah Larasati, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Translator: Hakim Abderrezak, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of French and Italian

 

Work-in-Progress Showing of new work by Salia Sanou
with The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
Lundstrum Performing Arts, 1617 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411
October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Public reception with artists to follow.

 

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance welcomes Salia Sanou

Northside Healing Space

2100 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

October 21; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Event will include class with Salia Sanou, drumming, dancing and a social hour with food.

 

World Premiere Performance choreographed by Salia Sanou
performed by The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
November 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Followed by audience reception
November 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Followed by discussion with the artists
Tickets: $24-29; Available at thecowlescenter.org or (612) 206-3600

 


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