Global Site Performance
About Global Site Performance

Global Site Performance is the creation of Marylee Hardenbergh. Her goal is to use dance to transform the environment so that people experience it with renewed eyes and heart. She believes that the power of dance -- with its moving colors and harmonious rhythms -- deepens the audience's sense of place and how we humans fit into the landscape.

Global Site Performance is able to create dances through donations and grants. If you would like to make a donation that is tax-deductible, make your check out to "The Marian Chace Foundation". -- a wonderful Dance Therapy foundation, which serves as our fiscal agent, and is a 501c3. You can mail the check to:

Global Site Performance
2230 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

View a chronological list, with photos, of all performances choreographed since 1985.

What We Do

Site Specific Performances

Since 1985, Marylee Hardenbergh of Global Site Performance has created large, outdoor (and sometimes indoor) site-specific performances all over the world. These performances create beauty in a particular site on the earth by drawing attention to the beauty that already exists in that place. Hardenbergh employs local performers and local composers so that all aspects of the performance are site-specific.



Opening/Closing Ceremonies—Movement Choirs

Global Site Performance creates opening and closing ceremonies —which we call Movement Choirs -- for conferences and other group gatherings. These highly participative events engage the attendees and foster a deep sense of connection within the group and within the individual.


Our Vision

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 Mission

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.

About Us

Marylee HardenberghMarylee Hardenbergh, Artistic Director

Awards and Fellowships

Artistic Influences

Marylee Hardenbergh has choreographed large site-specific performances for the past twenty years and she has received many awards including a Fulbright Scholarship, an NEA fellowship, five McKnight Foundation fellowships and a Soros grant. She maintains a Dance Movement Therapy practice. Her performances range from the Mother's Day Dance honoring mothers and their daughters, to Dance for Peace in Bosnia in 1996 at the end of the war, that honored the healing of the place and the ethnic groups there, to Solstice River honoring the Mississippi River as a vital national resource. She creates opening ceremonies for conferences, being an expert in a form of movement, called a Movement Choir, where large groups of people move in synchrony; participants comment on the profound beauty and power of these ceremonies, how “life-affirming” her work is! Currently she is the Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jenny Moore

Jenny Moore is a dancer, choreographer and dance/movement therapist who enjoys creating community dance pieces for the health of individuals, communities, and the planet. For over six years she has facilitated a range of creative arts groups at Park House, a day and mental health setting for adults living with HIV/AIDS. During that time she has directed three public art events providing a stage for client art, poetry, dance, and song. Since 1999 she has assisted Marylee Hardenbergh in creating site-specific dances and has performed in three of Hardenbergh's pieces including "A Dance for Mother's Day, "Solstice River," and "A Mingling of the Waters."


Nicky Hardenbergh

Nicky Hardenbergh creates stunning websites for small businesses and organizations and works wonders for Global Site Performance. She can be reached through her website:






Our Advisory Board



Sage CowlesSage 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 HartnettCathy Hartnett

Cathy Hartnett has been in fundraising and foundation work, and brings her wonderful enthusiasm and knowledge to the GSP Advisory Board.





Louise Miner

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 SheldonAmes Sheldon

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 BlonJoanne 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.