Marylee Hardenbergh, Artistic Director, has created site-specific dances for over 30 years in such places as a sewage treatment plant, an Aerial Lift bridge, on skyscrapers, on cherry pickers at a Farmers Market, on a bombed-out Parliament Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on a clock tower on the Volga in Russia, on a Mediterranean beach in Israel with a Palestinian community, and on oyster harvesting boats on the Housatonic River. She has worked with community and trained dancers all over the globe, and has turned Bobcat loaders, fire trucks, Coast Guard and US Army Corps boats into dancers. She recently added a new dance film website for her Confluence Mississippi project. She has received numerous awards including Fellowships from the NEA, McKnight and Soros Foundations. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dance Magazine has highlighted her work in two articles (1996 and 2006). Her choreography constitutes a chapter in Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces published by the University of Florida in 2009, and her chapter entitled “Global Water Dances: Embodying water solutions” in Emergent Possibilities in Global Sustainability demonstrates dance inspiring local communities (Routledge, 2016). She has been voted “Artist of the Year” twice in City Pages, a Twin Cities magazine, and last year received the 2015 Marian Chace Foundation award, delivering the keynote speech to the American Dance Therapy Association conference She serves on the board of Global Water Dances, where she was Artistic Director from 2009-2015.
Vision of Global Site Performance
Mission of Global Site Performance
To create dances that exemplify great beauty, in vast spaces and in the hearts of communities, so that people connect more deeply with themselves, each other, and the earth.
To use the healing power of movement to foster within the participants a meaningful sense of place, of belonging and of joy.
To promote the idea that we all inhabit one planet; to honor and respect the earth; and to raise awareness of environmental and social issues -- and the need to care for the places we live, and for ourselves.
Our group’s mission is to create site-specific performances that inspire people to experience their daily environments with renewed eyes and hearts. Our high-quality, artistic events provide community connection, a sense of place, and education about our environment. These celebratory dance performances leave no footprint on the land, but leave a lasting impression.
Sage Cowles (1925-2013)
Sage Cowles, a true friend of Global Site Performance, was dance performer, choreographer, and dance educator and held a lifelong passion for dance. From touring in the 40's with a modern dance troupe, to dancing on Broadway, at DTW and the Walker Art Center, performing in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, interviewing other dance luminaries, to being a board member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Sage continued her broad love of all things dance. She received several awards, including an Ernie Award from Dance USA.
Cathy Hartnett has been in fundraising and foundation work, and brings her wonderful enthusiasm and knowledge to the GSP Advisory Board.
For the past 20 years, Louise Miner has been a consultant in the areas of individual and organization development. She specializes in high performance teams and loves seeing individuals, teams and organizations achieve more of their potential. In 2002, Louise was named Minnesota Organization Development Practitioner of the Year. Louise is also an Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in its Masters in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program where she has been teaching for the past 15 years. In 2010, Louise was named by St. Catherine University as Faculty of the Year for Teaching and Advising. More importantly, she is the grandmother of two brilliant girls.
Ames Sheldon is a writer. She was a fundraiser, working most recently as a Major Gifts Officer at The Blake School, and before that at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center and the University of St. Thomas. She has performed with Global Site Performance as a driver in the Golf Cart Tango in Red Wing, MN, and also danced with her daughter Anna Phelps in one of Hardenbergh's Mother's Day dances at the College (now University) of St. Catherine.
Joanne Von Blon
Joanne Von Blon has been a board member of, and advocate for, numerous organizations. On the board of Graywolf Press and a life trustee of Minnesota Public Radio, she has also supported the Guthrie Theater, the Raptor Center, the Wildcat Sanctuary, and the work of Marylee Hardenbergh for many years.