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Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble

Aardvark Fandango

Location + schedule

Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/510:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/107:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 8/118:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/135:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/144:00 p.m.  
About the show

For ages 7+
Dance, Seniors

Choreographed by John Munger

Overall rating

Nine succinct dances in jazz and modern styles. SAGE award-winning choreographer John Munger shows his versatility once again. Recommended for people new to dance. Guest artists from Fringe on each show.

User reviews

A Generous Human Body.
by Murray WithTheFringeOnTop Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
John Munger's dance pieces are nothing if not 300% achingly human. I like that about him. I like that he doesn't take himself seriously, that he doesn't elevate dance to a level that is alienating or aethetically elitist, that, in fact, his purpose seems always to be to bring dance back to the people, the real people, the flawed, regular people with all their different ages and shapes who might see his work and realize that they, themselves, are allowed to dance too.

That said, there were elements of this show that didn't entirely work for me. A whole lotta blackouts. a whole lotta talking (and really, we would have understood John's work just as well with no explanations at all). Better wardrobe choices as the show went on, but John's first outfit huge baggy beige t-shirt? John!! Yuck! :) The more central elements of Aardvark were good, and enjoyable; I would just have liked a little finessing around the edges, there.

Well Choreographed Show
by Mary Harrison Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I liked Aardvark Fandango. I thought the solo pieces were powerful in their simplicity. They all explored aspects of living and aging in a powerful and occasionally painful way. My favorite was "Where We Began," which reminded me of the beginning, middle and end of life: starting out and ending up in the light. The solo dances were quite focused and didn't seem to contain superfluous material, which I think shows skill in choreography. I also liked the work done by experienced dance students: they demonstrated agility and skill, and theirs was a beautiful piece I would like to see again. Finally, I appreciated the commentary and infusions of humorr.

by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I just could not get behind this show, no matter how much I wanted to.

The descriptions of each piece, delivered in the dark from a microphone backstage felt disconnected and impersonal, and pieces themselves weren't interesting enough to be compelling.

Kudos to John Munger for his impressive skill at the age of 65, but I just did not enjoy myself.

Enjoyable - whimsy and vulnerability
by asha sharma Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
John Munger's enjoyable and gripping performances are the product of extensive dance training and artistic maturity whirled in a blender with the whimsy, glee, and enthusiasm of a little boy. In addition to the bright, fun dances, there are some fine pieces where he brings delicacy, poignance, and vulnerability. The Zenon student dancers' piece was very good - interesting choreography, danced with polish, technique, and energy. The dancers in the guest group were excellent but their choreography left me cold - and even more appreciative of John's humane, connecting work.

I left feeling at ease
by Jeremy Bensussan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I am a huge fan of Mr. Munger. So refreshing to see someone brave enough to put together a solo performance.

I need to acknowledge the well-rounded nature of the works. He touched on a lot of situations I feel most if not all people can resonate with

My favorite had to be Cravings, where his gesture phrases and body language communicated the different aspects of craving something: One wanting something, one wanting someone, someone wanting oneself, and the acceptance or denial of those things.


I did not enjoy this
by mary lynch Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
Previously this performance had 4 and 1/2 kittens so I thought even thought it stated for those new to dance I would attend. I was very disappointed. As a one man dance show it repeated itself and was boring. A solo performer has a great task. A very difficult task. This performer did not live up the to job of a one person show. I was not moved, not at all. I do not think using your hands and arms at a table is dancing, for example.
The guest performer (from Missing ) was great.

Surprisingly Cohesive!
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm certainly not surprised I loved this show, I always look for the Rabbit when schedule building. What surprised me was that instead of a more random mix 'n' match program of pieces, this set was mostly solo, and it hung together very well thematically with a message that played well with at least one nerdy 50+ audience member. Early energy (often wasted), self-inflicted damage, recovery from damage, laments, balance, and joy; the stuff of life! What the dancing lacked in muscularity, it more than made up in expressiveness and meaning. The two pieces that essentially break John Munger's work into three acts were also great, especially the guest work by Jessica Ferris (I might have to track down Missing!).

Charm of the aardvark
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
When John Munger, a rather paunchy elder of dance, appeared for the first two numbers, I was unsure how to take this: was this serious, was it comedy, just what was he doing? The audience appeared to have the same reaction--applause was just barely polite. I was about to spend the rest of the show at the Town Hall Brewery. At the third dance, a comedic romp with an empty liquor bottle, and afterward, it got better--sometimes moving, sometimes humorous. A couple numbers appeared to be statements about aging and movement. By the end, this charming man, a true artist, had won us over. Guest appearances by Zenon Studio students and by Jessica Ferris also worth seeing.

See it.
by dave harris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A lot of fun as always. This is what i like to call neccessary theater.

Embodies spirit of Fringe, Mpls Dance
by Mirah Ammal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Third Rabbit's "Aardvark Fandango" is delightful, intimate, informal, and at the same time fun, festive, thought-provoking, and produced with loving attention and with a nod to the burgeoning local dance community John Munger loves (and helps build) so well.

The production is relatively low-budget and low-tech with minimalist costumes and props. If you are familiar with Third Rabbit's monthly productions, certain motifs may feel familiar including Munger's live in-show MC/carnival barker routine and his informal, casual manner, breaking the 4th wall addressing the audience directly from the stage as the show progresses. The performances are primarily a series of short solos by Munger (9 of 11 pieces are solos).

However, the effect is to create a very intimate, friendly environment in which the audience feels a part of the dancer's creation, a part of the moment. Some standouts among the solo numbers include "How It Feels," a piece that deals with alcohol addiction, "Where We Began," and "Trayage," a piece that affirms that, even with physical limitations, beautiful dance is ever-possible.

A long-time Fringe supporter, frequent producer, and one of the foremost advocates for/supporters of dance in Minnesota, Munger also takes the opportunity to use his pulpit—er, stage—to showcase some new talent and to promote dance-at-large in the Fringe. “Aardvark Fandango” includes a group number, “Pupil of My I,” featuring a group of Munger’s advanced students and others from Zenon. Also, each night, the show features a guest artist from a different dance show in the Fringe.

All in all, a worthwhile show by one of the Cities’ leading forces in dance that embodies the intimacy and community spirit that makes Fringe special for many people.

Those are new Dancers?
by Liz Floyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I really enjoyed seeing the new dancers. They really were great and if they are that new to dance then trained well for their moments. In future productions I hope John Munger can allow for more of that. He is an amazing dancer, but I thought there was too much solo from him. He is interesting, but to see the others shine was truly delightful.

Don't Think Twice - See this
by Ben McGinley Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
John Munger is a delightful, theatrical emcee to this casual, succinct, and thoughtful evening of dance.

Never seen modern dance? This is a great place to start.

Like modern dance? This is an excellent way to continue.

John has the corepower of bulldozer - his movement is muscular, bold, and emotionally rooted.

Thought-provoking and entertaining
by Angela Polk Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
John displays exceptional talent and range in this collection of dances. His well-crafted and beautifully danced pieces take you on a wonderful journey. The dances themselves, along with his commentary on the pieces, showcase his delightful wit and his depth as an artist. I found this show to be very inspiring, and I highly recommend it.

John Munger is the Energizer Bunny
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I hope that when I'm 65, I can move like John Munger. This show consisted of 1 group piece performed by Zenon school dancers, 1 guest artist (varies each performance - tonight was Ben McGinley) and 8 solo dances performed by John. Did I mention that he's 65? Damn. This was a delightful show. His solos spanned emotional ranges from pensive and melancholy to pure, raw bliss. Watching him was a pleasure. I was riveted even when his moves were small and simple. Any fan of dance will love this show. Even those with no experience with modern dance would enjoy it.

a show that might lower your cholesterol
by Robyn Hendrix Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
kept me intrigued and interested despite it being the 10:00 show after I had a long day at work and saw two shows before it. John Munger is very inspirational. You can sense the wisdom and depth of his dance experience and history in each precise movement. nice mix of some serious pieces and some more comical ones. somehow manages to express both the fragility and frustration of aging and the joy of letting loose the inner child. And he bookends it with a great intro at the beginning, and a hilarious tray dance at the end! Lightens the heart.