2015 SAGE AWARDS | October 13, 2015


The SAGE Awards for Dance– An intimate evening with the Minnesota dance community.


The Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance

Recognizing and celebrating Minnesota’s vibrant dance community since 2004

On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance will present the 11th annual awards event at The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts.

              Ticket info                    Visit our new Facebook page for details on the event!

Find guidelines for community and nominee video submissions here.

Congratulations to the

2015 SAGE Award Nominees 

Outstanding Dance Performance (2 Awards for the creator(s) of a show, a work or piece of choreography.)

Every Other – Aniccha Arts

Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company – Karla Grotting and Eclectic Edge Ensemble

Motirô – Contempo Physical Dance

Quiet As It’s Kept – Brownbody

The Secrets of Slave Songs – Threads Dance Project


Outstanding Dance Performer (2 Awards for a single dancer, dancers in an ensemble or a group) 

Angharad DaviesSoft Fences (Megan Mayer) and In Which _____ and Others Discover the End (Supergroup)

Gadu DouShinFu-Ku-Shi-Ma and HATE

Timothy HerianThe Secrets of Slave Songs (Threads Dance Project), Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities (Ananya Dance Theatre), Motiro and Vulcao (Contempo Physical Dance), Lost Voices in Jazz (Karla Grotting and Eclectic Edge Ensemble)

Shohei IwahamaJames Sewell Ballet Fall and Spring Concerts, Suspicious Fisherman

Dustin MaxwellStill Life (Morgan Thorson), Stripe Tease (Chris Schlichting), Fu-Ku-Shi-Ma (Nenkin Butoh Dan)

Chitra VairavanNeel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming and Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities (Ananya Dance Theatre), Every Other (Aniccha Arts)


Outstanding Dance Ensemble (1 Award for an ensemble or group of any size)

Ananya Dance Theatre in Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming and Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities – Ananya Chatterjea, Chitra Vairavan, Renee Copeland, Hui Niu Wilcox, Lela Pierce, Katie Haynes, Alexandra Eady, Kealoha Alex Ferreira, Magnolia Yan-Sao-Yia, Leila Awadallah, Prakshi Malik, Brittany Radke, James Galtney with guest artist Sha Cage and Emma Marlar (understudy)

Contempo Physical Dance in Motirô – Jarod Boltjes, James Galtney, Catlin Henderson, Timothy Herian, Gemma Isaacson, Mirabal Miller, Alexander Pham, Elander Rosser and Marciano Silva dos Santos

Nenkin Butoh Dan in Fu-Ku-Shi-Ma – Gadu DouShin, Dustin Maxwell, Masanari Kawahara


Outstanding Design (2 Awards for an artist or group of artists in the areas of costume design, lighting design, music composition, sound design, set design, film, video or installation)

Overall Design for Alice in Wonderland – Joe Chvala, Peter Baker, Robin McIntyre, Mary Anna Culligan, Cindy Forsgren, Jeff Bartlett, Cody Anderson, Sandy Speiler, Paul Robinson, Justin Spooner, Jakes Endres, Peter O’Gorman & the extended Orkestar Bez

Heidi Eckwall – Lighting design for Soft Fences, I Hate Myself Will You Still Love Me?Mainstreet Project, Unearthing the Family Jewels, Momentum Week One, and In Which _____ and Others Discover the End

Set, Sound, Lighting and Video Design for Soft Fences – Megan Mayer, Elliott Durko Lynch, Heidi Eckwall, Kevin Obsatz, Matt Regan, Xopher Smith

Overall Design for Test Pilot – Penelope Freeh, Jocelyn Hagen, Stephanie Fellner, Lynn Farrington, J. Anthony Allen, Jack Dant, Kevin A. Jones, Justin Schell

Venus de Mars – Musical performance for Nothing Astonishes Men so Much as Common Sense and Plain Dealing (Nic Lincoln)


Outstanding Dance Educator (1 Award for a dance educator/teacher for their commitment and accomplishment in the field of dance education.)

Ananya Chatterjea

Kenna Camara Cottman

Rene Thompson 


Special Citation (1 Award for anyone who has a strong connection to the field of dance in Minnesota, including past efforts or work from past seasons.)

Lisa First and Link Vostok

Katherine and Robert Goodale

Karla Grotting

Sage list of shows seen 2015

Catch a glimpse of the Sage Awards – – 


Since 2004, the Minnesota SAGE Award’s have been presented annually to honor choreographers, dancers, educators, presenters, scenic and lighting designers, visual artists and others who continue to make the Twin Cities a national center of dance.

This important celebration and recognition for local artists is named in honor of Sage Cowles with heartfelt appreciation for all she has done for Minnesota dance. The awards were created to celebrate the dance community and bring national attention to the tremendous amount of high caliber dance activity in the Twin Cities. Dana Kassel and Stuart Pimsler serve as coordinators for the SAGE Awards in collaboration with an advisory panel representing the Twin Cities dance community. The Cowles Center, HRK Foundation, Dancing Fair and the McKnight Foundation generously supports the SAGE Awards program.

The current panel is in place and seeing work until the next season ends on August 31st. If you are interested in having your work seen and considered by the panel, please send a brief announcement of your show to www.dancemn.org. Deadline for the inclusion in each Wednesday’s newsletter is Monday at noon.

As requested by the community, the SAGE presentation evening has been held at several of the Twin Cities dance venues. Thank you to all of those who joined us for past events. To see a listing of award recipients and view photos of the past award ceremonies, go to the Past Events pages.