Sage Cowles papers
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The collection contains materials related Cowles' work with the Bill T. Jones, Molly Davies, and the Wisconsin Dance Troupe. The collection includes video recordings, posters, clippings, articles, and interviews.
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Born Jane Sage Fuller in 1925, Sage Cowles was a dancer, arts advocate, and philanthropist who lived and worked in the Twin Cities. She studied dance at the School of American Ballet in New York, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Art History in 1947. While attending the University of Wisconsin, she formed the touring Wisconsin Dance Group with Mary Hinkson, Matt Turney, and Miriam Cole. After graduatnig, Cowles pursued a career as a dancer, appearing in the Broadway musical "Bless You All" and on the television series "Lucky Strike Hit Parade." In 1952 she married John Cowles Jr, owner of the Star Tribune newspaper and fellow arts philanthropist. The couple moved to Minneapolis and began a legacy of advocacy and fundraising for Twin Cities arts organizations. During this time, Sage Cowles continued to dance occasionally with the Nancy Hauser dance troupe, and became active in dance therapy in the 1970s. She is also known for collaborating with dancers such as Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones, with visual artists such as Suzanne Lacey, and with Saint Paul filmaker Molly Davies.
Collection contains audio and video recordings, production notes, programs, flyers, writings by Sage Cowles, and articles about Sage Cowles.
Additional Finding Aid
An unpublished finding aid with detailed lists of contents is available in the archives.
The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Sage Cowles in June 2013.
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Christine Avery and Kathryn Hujda, 2014, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initiative donors.
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- Audio Recordings Subject Source: Local sources
- Dance companies -- Minnesota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Oral history Subject Source: Local sources
- Oral history interviews Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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