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Silver Platter

Dance /

By MAULdance

Choreographed by Michelle Collins

From Lake Crystal, MN

Entirely driven by local students and young artists, we are exploring "gaze theory" and how it applies to our generation. Investigating the power of opinion over fact, we aspire to shift power in our favor.

Political content, Modern Dance

World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area)

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Thursday, 8/1 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/3 5:30 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, 8/7 7:00 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 4:00 p.m.
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James Sewell Ballet Tek Box at the Cowles Center

528 Hennepin Ave. - 2nd Floor

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Audience reviews

Moving Movement Pieces

By Sue Ann Guildermann / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Tired of the noise and chatter of Fringe shows. See these nine dances that are original. emotional and inspiring. The duets and group dances were the strongest.

Amazing Talent

By Adam Moen / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is such a great piece! I highly recommend seeing this show. It was a great hour well spent! The choreography was sensational and really moved me as well as the group of people attending in the audience on Monday night. Fantastic Job!

Definitely worth seeing

By Sandy Burch / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Went to see opening night and plan on going back again. It's a show very beautifully performed by young talent. The choreography is well done and very cohesive to the theme of the show. I would definitely recommend this performance.

Silver Platter

By Judy Collins / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

After watching Silver Platter last night I had only the highest appreciation for the artists in MAULdance. It was an extremely well run show and showcased incredible performances from the young artists. I especially enjoyed Parallel Dream and Smash. The choreography was very enjoyable and the pieces were well rehearsed. I enjoyed the live and original music performed as well. I think anyone would enjoy the show and I have the highest respect for the young artists for their performances, originality and choreography.

Surprise, delight

By Eleanor Kaufman / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I had been told that if you’re shooting blind at the Fringe, dance shows are a good bet, so we put our money on this one. Full of raw emotion and enthusiasm. Some funny moments, some touching ones, some just plain fun. Nicely done!

Hit & Miss

By Scott Pakudaitis / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 40 shows

Most of the dance pieces in this show are what you'd expect to see at a typical college dance performance - technically excellent and performed by competent, skilled dancers. A few pieces stood out - a frenetic, high-energy solo and the final group dance which included interesting frog-inspired choreography and humor.


By Annie Hausen / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

First Fringe show I've ever seen. Wasn't sure what to expect and so I chose a show that featured dance and young talent. Not only was I enthralled by the talent, but I was captivated by a couple pieces in particular - one that was a young lady with a lamp and lots of raw emotion. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. The other was the duet performed by a young couple. Very nice show. Worth seeing.


By Aseem Kaul / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 23 shows

Silver Platter is a scattershot collection of half-clever pieces danced with bare minimum competence. It's not that the pieces are bad, exactly, it's more that they're so generic as to be more or less instantly forgettable. And the dancers generally seem like strong amateurs, which doesn't help. I liked 'Parallel Dream' and have a soft spot for anything that involves Emily Dickinson, but on the whole I was underwhelmed.

Strong Performance

By S Coste / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is an evening of very strong dance work by college aged artists from Mankato State University. Their commitment as performers is compelling and much of the choreography is as well. I truly appreciate the sense of professionalism demonstrated by these young artists. Bravo!


By Will Weisert / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 38 shows

A caveat here - I'm not an expert in dance and couldn't identify technical proficiency or creative choreography if my life depended on it. Dance either grabs me and says 'pay attention' or it doesn't.

That said, only a couple of the pieces really pulled me in to the point where I could say that I was engaged.


By Carter Allen / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I really enjoyed this performance by some very wonderful dancers. The choreography was creative and extremely powerful. The different dances all complimented each other and created a wonderful full show. Watch especially for Sydney Burch's captivating solo with only a small desk lamp for light and Animus Vox, a high energy, visually stunning, and expertly danced piece. Would definitely recommend this show!

Cast + crew bios

Michelle Collins


A MN native, Michelle is a currently a student at MSU-Mankato. Michelle studied intensively with Catherine Wright in her youth before heading out to study in Seattle, WA at Cornish College of the Arts. Teaming up her studies of classical dance forms with post-modernist abstract themes, she creates a darkly beautiful movement. Michelle’s primary interest in the dance world is to collaborate with other artists to see what mass creativity can produce. Michelle’s work has been featured in Seattle, the Minneapolis and surrounding areas, as well as Mankato, MN.

Paul Montalvo


Born in California, Paul studied with The Wooden Floor (formerly St. Joseph’s Ballet) before studying at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Paul has studied classical and post-modern forms of dance, and enjoys collaborating with artists of all disciplines. Moving to Minnesota in 2011, Paul’s work has been shown in Seattle, the Minneapolis and surrounding areas, as well as Mankato, MN.

Sophia Cecile Pimsler


Sophia Cecile Pimsler is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in dance and alcohol & drug studies. She began her dance training at the age of seven in ballet and has continued dancing ever since. Attending an arts middle school and high school, Sophia was fortunate to be continually immersed in dance. Sophia has worked with several artists including choreographers, Bill T. Jones and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has choreographed for multiple years, with professional shows in New York and Minnesota. Sophia's works have been selected to perform in the Regional American College Dance Festivals both in 2012 (Wisconsin) and 2013 (Minnesota). Sophia has spent the past two summers in Atlanta, mastering the modern dance technique, gaga. In addition to dance, Sophia is becoming a certified addictions counselor. In the future, Sophia plans to dance professionally as well as counsel those suffering from addictions. She would like to thank Michelle and Paul for this opportunity and unconditional support.

Sydney Burch


Sydney Burch is a senior BFA Dance major at MSU-Mankato. She has set work in Florence, Italy and Mankato, Minnesota. Her choreography has been featured in two ACDFA Festivals within the last two years. She has been cast in work by Daniel Stark, Julie Kerr-Berry, Gabe Anderson, Stuart Pimsler, Penelope Freeh, Jeffrey Peterson and guest work by Zenon.

Chris Jones

Costume Designer

Chris Jones is getting a BFA in Technology and Design with an emphasis in Costume Design at Minnesota State University Mankato. He has designed for the play “November” and several dances in the Dance Concerts at MSU Mankato. This is his second time working with Michelle and Paul, having first teamed up with the duo in Winter of 2012.

MJ Olsen

Lighting Designer

MJ Olson currently resides in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance Scenic and Lighting Designer.

Austin England


Austin is really excited to be performing in his first Fringe Festival. Austin is a BFA Acting candidate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Some of his favorite roles are Otto in Spring Awakening, Mike Costa in A Chorus Line, and Igor in A Cactus Flower. He is very thankful for all the support from his friends and family.

Jessica Erickson


Jessica Erickson is a junior dance major at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She began her dance training at age 14 under the influence of Christine Mattmiller, and is now taught by Dan Stark and Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry at MSU. She has worked with guest artists such as Jeffery Peterson, Penelope Freeh and Zenon Dance Company. This is her debut Fringe performance and she could not be more excited!

Alexis Heruth


Alexis Heruth currently dances at Mankato State University and is a BFA in the dance program. She was trained in tap and jazz at Larkin Dance Studio, hip-hop at Millennium Dance Complex, and ballet and modern at Perpich Center for the Arts Education. She has participated in the American College Dance Festival since 2011 and performed in the Gala Concert in 2012 for Daniel Stark's Crash (also performed at the Kennedy Center in 2012) and 2013 for Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry's Inside Out.

Casey Morgan


Casey Morgan is a BFA dance student at MNSU-Mankato. In 2009, she performed as a principle dancer in “Passing on the Legacy,” choreographed by Bill Evans in New York City. Later in 2010 she danced in Dan Stark's, “Politics, Religion, Sex” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She was also the leading role in “Virgin Territory” as Marie in 2010, a studio show performed at MNSU-Mankato.

Heather Rudd


Heather Rudd is going to be a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato as a double major in Anthropology and Dance. She is originally from Elk Mound, WI and this is her debut with MAULdance. She danced with En Avant School of Dance for 14 years, studying ballet, tap, modern, jazz an hip-hop. Heather also danced on her high school dance team, and was a capitan her senior year. During the past three years she has been a choreographer and dancer for the Bella Donna Dance Team, as well as within the MSU dance department. Heather has danced for Julie Kerr-Berry, Jeffrey Petersen, and Zenon Dance company while studying at MSU-Mankato.

Sam Stoll


Sam is delighted to be performing in his first Minnesota Fringe festival! He is currently attending Minnesota State University, Mankato for his BFA degree in Musical Theatre and Minor degree in Dance. He began performing as a kid and started dancing at 19. Some of his favorite roles were; Moritz in Spring Awakening, Mark in RENT, Ensemble in Three Episodes, and Luke in The Altar Boyz.

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