The Cowles Center and the McKnight Choreographer Fellowship program are pleased to announce the 2018 McKnight International Choreographer and a 2018 partnership with the Maia Maiden Productions.

South African choreographers Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga (Impilo Mapantsula) have been selected as the 2018 McKnight International Choreographers, a program that provides a Minnesota residency for international choreographers 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 the Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project. 

Impilo Mapantsula will be in residence in the Twin Cities in May -June 2018  to create a new work expressly for Maia Maiden Productions. The work will premiere in ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening, June 15 & 16 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul, MN. During the residency period, Mdoyi, Xaba and Modiga will offer classes and participate in a variety of dance community events at The Cowles Center and other area venues.

Read more about Impilo Mapantsula here

Look for a full listing of residency activities here in the spring.

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:

2017 - Salia Sanou

2016 - Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

2015 - Gioconda Barbuto

2014 - Osnel Delgado

2013 - George Stamos and Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

2012- Johan Amselem