Sage Cowles: A Dance Activist’s Life
Sage Cowles had a “real social vision,” says choreographer Bill T. Jones. “Sage and [husband] John were interested in Change with a capital C, which earned her high marks in my way of thinking.” A philanthropist, mother, political activist, and—perhaps most importantly—a dancer, Cowles passed away November 21, 2013, at age 88. Camille LeFevre recounts a life dedicated to dance, family, and community.
Further into Where You Are
Behavioral artist Marcus Young likens conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel’s work to guided meditation. “Everything that is unnecessary is pared away. You are never swept away by outward virtuosity or passion. Instead, you must provide the unswerving gaze, calm mind, and open heart. You should go willingly, and if you do you are transported, not away, but further into where you are, your own humanity.”
Opening the Road Box
In the two years since the Walker acquired the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s complete archive of sets, costumes, and performance objects, Cunningham Research Fellow Abigail Sebaly has been busy. She’s catalogued 3,443 costume pieces, helped with three research exhibitions, conducted some 40 interviews with Cunningham collaborators, and visited archives across the globe. Here she shares some of her finds.