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Jeffrey Peterson Dance

Thinkingaview / CorresponDance

Location + schedule

Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/67:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/88:30 p.m.  
Monday 8/95:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/1310:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/148:30 p.m.  
About the show

For ages 12+
Dance, Relationships, Queer/GLBT

Choreographed by Jeffrey Peterson/Rebecca Katz

Overall rating

From whimsical to edgy, this split-bill dance show combines vibrant movement with thoughtful social commentary. Love collides with distance and judgement, engulfed by the music of Etta James and Marty Winkler.

CorresponDance explores how we create and maintain relationships across distances – geographical, cultural, and emotional. The title, a play on the word correspondence, also reflects the process. Created by a company spread from Duluth to Georgia, the piece has taken shape literally across distances, with rehearsals and ideas exchanged via YouTube and email, as well as in person. The ultimate goal of CorresponDance, like correspondence, is human connection. That connection will be musically contributed by the fabulous Marty Winkler, playing live with guitarist Tate Ferguson, and featuring original material, including some specially written for this show.

A reprise of the 2006 Bryant Lake Bowl hit, Thinkingaview disguises social scrutiny as lighthearted cabaret entertainment.
Called "fun, poignant, and extremely well orchestrated" by Twin Cities dance writer Linda Shapiro, the work presents equality by manipulating expectation. Through emotionally charged dancing, innuendo-laden partnering, gendered repetitions, public displays of affection, and strong costume choices, Thinkingaview boldly encourages us to love and perceive love without judgment. The goal of Thinkingaview is to raise a mirror to the members of its audience, asking us all to think about how we view our own and others’ relationships, no matter who/what they might be. The work is choreographed to an all-Etta James songbook, and will be performed live by Marty Winkler, Tate Ferguson and Kate Bordeaux.

Role: N/A

Kate Bordeaux
Role: Musician

Megan Bridges
Role: Dancer

Tate Ferguson
Role: Musician

Bryan Gerber
Role: Dancer

Susanne Grochett
Role: Dancer

Sarah Jabar
Role: Dancer

Patrick Jeffrey
Role: Dancer

Rebecca Katz Harwood
Role: Choreographer

Jordan Klitzke
Role: Dancer

Ashleigh Penrod
Role: Dancers

Jeffrey Peterson
Role: Choreographer

Marty Winkler
Role: Composer/Musician

User reviews

Great Style
by Larry Ripp Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I had to be dragged to this show. I generally hate dance programs. But here you have great singing that pulls you into the program and then striking dance numbers that hold your attention through sheer unpredictability and imagination. Tasteful,artful,professional presentation. A bit of New York in the land of 10 thousand lakes. The Fringe at it's very highest quality...

Stay for the second half
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Okay, so what I don't understand is why the GLBT community was able to get together enough to get Skiing on Broken Glass and Naked Yoga encore shows, but NOT this show, when it was so clearly superior and more affirming of alternative lifestyles than either of those shows. Having said that, this show was not without its problems. The dancers, singers and lighting techs were not among them. The dancers were professional grade, flexible, beautiful in every sense, everything a choreographer could wish for. The singers had wonderful soulful voices and sang with great emotion and technique, heck having a dance show with live musical accompaniment was a coup in my book. The lighting was dazzlingly beautiful. However, as far as CorresponDance was concerned, the song choice was uninspired if not boringly pedestrian and the choreography only slightly more interesting. Only the second and last movements interested me enough to keep me from nodding off. I'd give that part of the show 4 kitties, and none of those are for the choreographer. How then can I give 5 to the show as a whole, because I'd give 6+ kitties to Thinkingaview! Admittely I'm not sure any more could possibly be done along these lines, and I find it amazing they found such quality dancers willing to do these particular moves, but the choreography was more unique and inventive than ANY modern dance piece I've ever seen, and I actually saw people dancing to songs I've not seen people dance to before. Even so, the choreographer just didn't feel he could take such a chance without putting "At Last" in there no less than three times. As a musician I just do not understand why so many choreographers choose the same old warhorse songs OVER and OVER and OVER again given the plethora of music available to them. But I digress. The inventiveness of the choreography in ThinkingaView showed in the ecstatic faces of the dancers for the entire duration of this piece. I could not help but leave the theater with a glow in my cheeks.

What's the big deal?
by D. Williams Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
As I watched this show, one thought kept crossing my mind: These are beautiful dancers, but the choreo leaves something to be desired.
The movement vocab for each individual was well-executed, but uninteresting and made the first half of the show seem endless. Before the second half, Jeffrey Peterson made an announcement about rolling dice, chance, and which pairs were going to dance what next. 'Ok, fine,' I thought, after seeing 2 men dance the first duet. But what's the point if we're going to see a man and a woman, then 2 women dance the same damn thing?? (It brings up thoughts of masculinity and femininity vs. leading and following on stage, how to play with it effectively. I didn't think it was done effectively.)
Though the second half was more watchable, if only because the dancers seemed to be having more fun, I thought it was crowd-pleasing and gratuitous. Like the kissing interludes. The live musicians were sometimes distracting, as if the dancers and musicians were putting on shows of their own instead of working as an ensemble.
Finally, I wondered why Jeffrey wore a 'Legalize Gay' t-shirt (I'd guess at every performance). At the end of the show, the gays were first on their feet, and I wondered why. Love my peeps, but this show had little to no agenda.

Rich and sensual
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw a lot of mediocre dance at the Fringe this year. A lot of vanilla choreography. A lot of generic, prepackaged motion that you've seen a dozen times before. A lot of dancers who were just going through the motions.

Thinkingaview and CorresponDance are the opposite of all that.

I was simply blown away by the unique, rich, and evocative physical vocabulary seen in CorresponDance. And then that vocabulary was weaved into complex, multi-layered depths that seemed to simply demand your attention. And all of this was carried out with physical perfection by a fabulously talented troupe of dancers.

CorresponDance was then replaced upon the stage by the sensually overwhelming Thinkingaview. Thinkingaview may have lacked some of the technical virtuousity of CorresponDance, but its giddy excesses were infective to the soul.

One leaves this show filled with warmth and glee. And a whole lot of love.

(And maybe a little bit of lust.)

What more could you ask for?

Hottest show in the Fringe
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
With wonderful live music, this group of sexy, sexy dancers hypnotized and enthralled me for the entire hour. What's not to love about seeing gorgeous women and men dance in their underwear while being sultry and playful?

kisses galore & gorgeous live music
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
During the first half of the show (during which I found the choreography uninspired and the dancing uneven), I thought: "Uh, oh. I wish I'd chosen something else." However, the wonderful live music saved the day. Then, when Peterson's choreography began, the place lit up. Great energy, gorgeous dancing by gorgeous dancers, and all that kissing! Plus -- Etta James' "At Last" AMAZINGLY sung THREE times! That alone was worth the price of admission!

by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really want a CD of Marty performing this show exactly as is. The dancers were equally talented and engaging. The first half of the show felt a little uneasy; as if it could use a little more rehearsal, or that the dancers needed to be more engaged. However, overall this was an incredible hour of dance and music. If I could, I'd see it again.

Gorgeous gorgeous!
by Max Wojtanowicz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I don't see a ton of dance but I've seen some from column A, some from column B around town, and this show is probably my favorite dance performance I have ever seen. Witty, entertaining, beautiful, heartbreaking, political, and swoon swoon SWOON. This is the real deal. I would pay real-life prices to see these dancers do all this again! And that woman singing can come sing to me any. time.

A dance show I really liked
by Brian Alm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not a huge fan of dance shows but this was an exceptional performance. The heavenly bodies, great vocals and choreography kept my interest through the entire show. The 'comedic breaks' were also great fun!

Joyful dance
by Nick Vetter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a delightful production with engaging performers. The music was also excellent, and I especially enjoyed the three different couples' interpretations of "At Last". The puddle of people in underwear is another highlight. Highly recommended.

At Last! Dance and Music at Its Best!
by Bradley Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow! This show blew me away with the live music and some of the most artful dancing I've ever seen! Only one show left, Saturday at 8:30. Experience the grace and beauty of Thinkingaview/CorresponDance.

These Kitties Know how to Sing and Dance
by Dave Berger Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is one of the best shows at Fringe this year! The energy and karma level of the cast is just amazing. The dancers danced; the singers sang; and the guitar guy played; Not one cast member was not brilliant!

The lead singer was particularly delightful and magical but the entire cast made the show a wondrously entertaining experience. You will tap your toes, laugh, clap, and scream (in a good way). The group line-dance kiss fest was quite charming and endearing!

Go to the show!

PS Bring someone to kiss. It is encouraged.

Love the kissing interludes!
by A.T. Moffett Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great show- soulful vocals, smart choreography, and committed performers! I appreciate that such timely and serious commentary was delivered in a witty, sometimes silly package. I loved the laughing, the cheering, and the being-on-the-edge-of-uncomfortable. It was balls to the wall-literally! The three tender duets in the second section, the highlight of the show for me, where a great anchor and foil for all that wonderful/crazy kissing!

Hurray for gender blurring &
by wendy thoren Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
fluid relationships! Powerful dance & sweet music make this a refreshing performance. Thank you for bringing the beauty of unlimited love & humor to the stage & the Fringe.

Sexy Rompus!!
by Liz Floyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow!!! Lots of talent in this show. Live music with great athletic dance is a delicious treat.

Dance, sing, love!
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Although it begins slowly, this show ends with passion and joie de vivre. Gender roles are scrambled, underpants are celebrated, and Etta James's torch songs keep it hot. Be prepared for kissing and cheering as well as some more conventional modern dance. I may have to see this one again!

by Susan McCabe Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show has great singers, smooth jazz, excellent guitar and enthusiastic, sexy dancers.
I loved it.

by Ellie Alter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show took me on a ride that can't be expressed in words. I lost myself in the emotion of life in relationships, with all their joys and challenges, through an incredible expression of live dance and music... It's not an easy thing to portray the complexity of relationships with all their messy edges without getting heavy and complicated; somehow this show does it with a sense of humor and lightness (and yes, sexiness!) that makes you feel happy to be alive! My group that went discussed that it brings you to the edge of your comfort zone and lets you linger there to consider what you, and society, deems acceptable. Then it reminds you that love is love and what isn't acceptable about that?!!

Superb dancing and choreography, especially the solo called Liquid - just the sheer grace of it brought me to tears! Superb live music from singers I'll be sure to follow. The dancing and singing worked together playing off of each other in ways that makes me sure they've been working together for years. BEAUTIFUL SHOW. Don't miss this one. And, sit close to the front - it's a much more full experience...

Fluidly sexy-wow!
by maren rosas Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
See this show! Beautifully flows with such smooth,sexy playful fun. Put a smile on my face. The dancing is so fluid, and the singing and live guitar was an unexpected added wow!

What a singing!!!
by Igor Blokhintsev Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Listen for the singers - they are great!!!They can make any show a great show. However dancing is typical collection of movements of dance students with not much of dancing. Need to grow to the singers level.
Igor Blokhintsev

Clusterfun Feelgood
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
and a celebration of erotica. The dancing, the choreography and especially the wonderful live music grips and grows.

It will leave you panting
by Susan Vander Linden Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Marty is magnificent, her music, her voice her harmonizer Kate.....Great....and the dancers, you want to get out there and join the orgy. It was wonderful....and Marty, your Etta was big, bold and beautiful. The duets were all equally entertaining and believable, woman/woman, woman/man, man/man...all perfect. The first time I heard "Let's get liquid", I mean, come on, what are you going to do?....and they did, what beautiful flowing liquid motion, again, perfect. Marty, you've done it again!!!!!

bring someone you love!
by vickijoan keck Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The First half of this show was lovely but so mellow it almost put me to sleep. The 2nd half woke me right up with it flirty and fun dances that were practically an on stage orgy! I laughed, cried and kissed along with the talented group of dancers and wonderful live musicians and singers. One couple in the audience even got engaged during the performance! If you are in love, or want to be, see this show!

by Gerald Woldt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved everything about these performances. The musical aspect was truly outstanding. The dancers moved like liquid throughout the performances. I will definitely recommend this venue to all my friends. Thanks for a beautiful performance by everyone.
Gerald Woldt

See. This. Show.
by Christian DeMarais Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is amazing. Incredibly entertaining and captivating. Even if you are not a dancer, you will thoroughly enjoy this piece of art. The journey which the choreographers and dancers take you on is heartwarming, poignant and hilarious. I loved all of the movement, messages and the MUSIC IS NOT TO BE MISSED. I didn't know if it was a musical concert accompanied by movement, or a dance concert accompanied by song. SO good. DEFINITELY recommend it.

by Amy Banker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have never been to a show that was purely dance, and this show as an initiation has made me fall in love with modern dance!

The first section of the show got a bit redundant, but the second section, "Thinkingaview" was completely amazing. The 3 duets showed how beautiful and special each kind of a relationship can be.

The live music was superb, and made the show into a true masterpiece. I may be going back for a second time to see this show!

va va voom
by Robyn Hendrix Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
awesome. i'm not feeling very wordy tonight but this was great. I certainly got my fill of watching people dancing in their underwear after seeing this and O(h) back to back!

Exquisite & Uplifting
by Steven Bosacker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A delight on every level ~ artistically beautiful, technically excellent, emotionally touching and entirely uplifting. This is one of the jewels!

by Daniel Nidzgorski Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Among a busy Fringe, I'm making time to go back to this one. It took my breath away.

The two halves of this show have very different styles and energies, yet they pair very nicely together. Through it all, Marty's powerful voice (and her composing) will keep you spellbound.

Rebecca's work brings us in with a joyful, exuberant sense of play. She allows the music to take the focus, with the dance acting almost as an accompaniment....and the combination reaches deep into the viewer's heart and soul. At no time does she slip into miming or acting out the lyrics; the dancers simply embody the song and bring it fully alive. My favorite piece, "O Thomas," is a poignant duet between an a cappella vocal trio and a dance trio, both of them moving between tightly-synchronized parallel harmonies and a polyphonic individuality.

In the second half of the show, Jeffrey keeps the artistic integrity high and ups the emotional ante. Some parts are raucous, almost slapstick in their high-energy comedy and explosive dancing. The duets are a tender, gentle counterpart with an incredible emotional charge. The music and basic blocking for the three duets are the same, but danced by different gender combinations. Notice what's the same and what's different in how the dancers interact with each other, in how they inhabit their own skins. Notice what's the same and what's different in how you react to them, in how you inhabit your own skin afterwards. As the lights went out on the final duet, I was left simply stunned, almost reeling. I still haven't found the words to wrap around the experience.

None of this would work, of course, without an amazing cast of dancers. The physicality of the show just keeps ramping up and really shows off what these folks are capable of.

Marty, Rebecca, and Jeffrey all have a lot to say through the music and dance. They never try too hard to "make a statement," though -- they speak simply and compellingly, making beautiful art and inviting us to open up, feel deeply, and be left breathless.

Three Reviews
by John Munger Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show really has three elements. The superb soft edged jazz, performed live, accompanying much of the show (5 kitties). The outrageously sexy and unabashed second section choreographed by Jeffrey Peterson (4 kitties). And the floating post-modern opening suite choreographed by Rebecca Katz Harwood. (3 kitties). Arguably there is a fourth element – the gorgeous dance performances of the cast (5 kitties).
Singer – and sometimes composer – Marty Winkler has stellar command of this music idiom. And what a treat to have sophisticated but intelligently accessible music done live and done so well at a Fringe show.
Rebecca Katz Harwood has choreographed long, looping phrases, easy on the eye, punctuated with scintillating little instants of sharp transition, swift execution, or just adornment. Sadly, all six pieces in the suite maintained the same dynamic content, the same tone, and mostly the same movement vocabulary. The suite, as such, started gorgeously but went nowhere and flattened out.
Jeffrey Peterson’s work begins innocently enough, but segues quickly to everybody kissing everybody. Literally. Audience participation is encouraged and occurs. Literally. And thence it all progresses to a kind of general orgy, exploring numerous combinations of genders, various groupings and a (barely)clothed but explicit variety of activities. This is going to be one of the shows that is the talk of The Fringe.
For further discussion see my Fringe Blog (“Going Through The Movements”) on (probably to be published late Monday or some time Tuesday).

Cheeky Fun
by Jessica Tkach Paquin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Really enjoyed this show, especially the singer & musicians. The dancers were talented, and the concept was smart and fun. I was totally taken back to the whirlwind beginning of many a young relationships.

do. not. miss. this. show.
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
an exciting and amusing hour of dance. the live music - some original, all excellent - very well-performed is a big plus, and the choreography and performances are top notch. i particularly liked the three duets to "at last" - before the show, a die is rolled to determined who is dancing with whom, so you see the same choreography performed three times with three different couples (my night was male/male, male/female, and female/female); the result was revelatory. do. not. miss. this. show.

by m. freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Modern dance with wonderful live music.

I'm generally not a big fan of modern dance. I really enjoyed this.

Both pieces were handsomely delivered by a quite skilled group of dancers.

The first half I found to be a delightful capture of the emotions of the music without beating me about the head with lyrical motions and trite formulas. Choreography and music wound together for beautiful movement, and vignettes.

The second half is a bit less visually compelling, but beautiful in a more lusty and light hearted fashion. "Biological exuberance" may best describe the handsomely sweet and sexy and silly bits that left a few rows of the audience kissing in their seats.

Great costuming, strong lighting, very solid live music by veteran talent, all around a lovely evening of dance.

Live music makes the show!
by Mirah Ammal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Charming and a little bit raucous, this show is loads of fun. The first half (CorresponDance) is fairly typical modern dance fare, emotional at times, beautifully executed by talented dancers. The second half (Thinkingaview) is a kooky underwear dancing makeout fiesta of glee. In his work, Peterson enjoys playing with how changing the casting/genders of the performers in the same number can change the feel of the piece, and this show is no exception: we see the same duet presented three times (2 women, 2 men, 1 of each) to good effect. The dancers are skilled, and some (esp. BoTD veteran Bryan Gerber) demonstrate excellent comedic instincts.

However, what really makes this show is the live music throughout. The extra "oomph" vocalist Marty Winkler, guitarist Tate Ferguson, and the backup vocalists bring to the stage is undeniable. The vocals are pleasing, and the live music adds to both the intimacy and the immediacy of the the moment. It provides a warm, rich sound and an energy that prerecorded music simply cannot.

No half-kitties are allowed, so I'll round my 4.5 up to 5 kitties. Definitely well worthwhile. May not be for the sexually squeamish.

Great to hear Marty Winkler again!
by Nanette Stearns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I found the dancing very entertaining/erotic/sensuous and all the other adjectives previous reviewers have mentioned. Just want to say how glad I was to hear Marty Winkler sing again. I think it was around 1998 that she left the Twin Cities. Her group The Collective was incredibly talented and it was wonderful to hear her again! Great show!

by Terry Tourand Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The dancers were beautifully fluid,and looked like they were having a lot of fun with the flirty combinations of couples/threesomes. The singing was out of this world gorgeous.

Who said fun & sensual don't go 2gether
by paulino brener Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kissing, relationships and underwear. Really fun dance show! Don't miss it.

A Celebration of Love
by Marc DeBauch Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow! This show had people laughing, crying, kissing and humping in the aisles. An exquisite exploration of love relationships, sexual preferences, desire and fantasy. There were a moments where I felt like I was back in the sixties watching "HAIR" for the first time. the cast of dancers blend so well together with the live music. The show starts out a bit slow and a few of the dancers appear to be a bit stiff. But that is part of the magic as the dancers "loosen up" especially in the second half and begin revealing stories of intertwining relationships throughout the show. Sexual preference of the "characters" is ambiguos and ads to the fun of this show. But after Propostion 8 was struck down by a California judge this past week, this show feels like a well deserved celebration of alternative sexuality. See this show with someone you love.

Fluid, Fun, Erotic, Provoking
by Chris Ertel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you want to see very fluid, fun and erotic dance don't miss this show. Each piece has live vocals singing while dancers paint a story of love, relationships and push at the edges of sexuality. Men kissing men, women kissing women, trios kissing, cute underwear, songs you will want to sing...This is a don't miss for 2010.

Dance with an edge
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great dancers and fine music. Not a "story" but interpretation and patterns. Some gay thoughts and happy bodies.

Not just dance
by Judith Martin Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I couldn't figure out if this was a dance show, a concert, or an audience participation (for a few folks) show. The dance was eclectic to say the least, sometimes too clever and in-groupy, and while some pieces were worth watching, I was often distracted by the singers. Etta James' music is always appealing,
but the connection between the music and the dancing was too slim, given that the musicians are clearly a part of the action.

by Siobhan Glass Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I wish I didn't live so far away so I could see this show multiple times. So I will satisfy myself by telling all of you to go and love this show.
The relationships that are portrayed meld with the live music in such a beautiful, sexy, eye-opening way that you cannot help but feel a whole range of emotion. Amazing choreography, moving performances, and a simply wonderful show altogether.

Absolutely Lovable!
by Gloria Fredkove Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was as perfect a performance as you can envision, if you love fabulous dancers, amazing singers, and stories that touch the heart. It was funny, poignant, sad, and absolutely lovable - don't miss it!

Even non-dance folks could love
by Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fun show, beautiful music, innovative and easy to watch, but also thoughtful. Loved it!

Beautiful and Provocative
by Paul Mattes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It was an amazing experience -- human forms turned into fluid objects and then back into very, very real people, seamless integration with the music, just enough humor. It pushed me right out of my comfort zone and pinned me there for twenty minutes.

Absolutely Fabulous!
by Karen Aguirre Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved, loved, LOVED this show! The dancing was exquisite while the music couldn't have been a better partner. I cannot wait to see this show again and I do hope you get a chance to view this one - you will not be disappointed!