About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Duality: Expression/Reflection

By Body Group
Created by Cristina Tolson and Nora Anderson

Playing at Southern Theater

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Modern Dance, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

A story of self discovery and healing. An exploration of the surreal found in the ordinary. Juxtaposed in an evening of dance.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Interesting modern dance

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Several very different pieces. I really enjoyed the show, and felt the dancers did a very good job. Some of the pieces worked better than others, but I liked them all.


Interesting

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Several dance pieces are showcased. I loved some of them, and found one of them intriguing but difficult to grasp. The dancers are quite good technically.


Weird but very interesting

by Erin Murry on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was told it was weird before I went so I was expecting it a little bit, but was surprised at the expression and how well the dancers in each dance danced. The third dance in the series of four was my favorite but all 4 were very intriguing and made me think to try to figure out what each dance was about.


Wow!

by Dan Baldwin on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great dancers! So very talented. What energy! Excellent choreography and production by Cristina and Nora. Nice mix of message and style. Loved it!


Two shows in one

by Melissa Anderson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The two halves of the show, by Nora Anderson and Crissy Tolson, respectively, are quite different. The first dance, a solo, is a lovely, wrenching expression of depression and strength. The other dances in the first half are group pieces, extremely well designed and danced. The second half is a quirky, fringe-worthy celebration of books – and, especially, reading on a rainy day.


Neither Engaging Nor Moving

by Cetius d'Raven on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

While the dancers themselves performed well (to my untrained eye), most of the pieces themselves did nothing for me, by which I mean did not move me emotionally. The first piece, with its repetition at ever faster pace, along with some dialogue, at least stirred some ideas. The final and longest piece...I'm not sure at all what it was, but I found it difficult to remain attentive (which, in fairness, was due in part to my own fatigue).

Perhaps someone more versed in the meanings of movement will get more out of this, but I can't give it a recommendation.

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potential squandered

by Walter Furtney on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Walking back and forth across the stage is not dance its not even entertainment. The company had one dance that was enjoyable and showed its potential but for me it was mostly an hour of; What am I doing here?

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Clearly a talented group

by Nanette Stearns on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Body Group has a lot of potential and great choreography. I wasn't always sure what was going on and sometimes missed a clear sense of narrative but did appreciate the effort. It think with development this group can become an important part of our local dance scene.

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Engaging and varied

by Amanda Peck on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a wonderful and surprising show. The two stand out pieces were the first and the forth, truly demonstrating the duality in choreography style and in the tone of the pieces. The first solo piece of the show is an intense and personal depiction of struggle with depression. Due to the group pieces in between I was out of that feeling by the time Crissy Tolson's piece started. The fourth piece was delightful. Myself and others in the audience laughed out loud in surprise or enjoyment at her choices. I highly recommend!


Engaging Stage Presence

by Samantha Sobash on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Powerful performance of Choreography/text woven into the opening solo. The final piece kept me wondering what was going to happen next. This particular piece has unique costume and set designs. Overall, the dancers presented strong technique and stage presence, but choreographically I desire a more cohesive show that pushes the concepts being explored further.


Interesting seeds for future growth

by Emma Dozier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Strong dancing technically! Nora's choreography is pleasing in how it moves through space. Crissy has an eye for spectacle. I'd like to see their strengths
work together in one piece and set to simmer for several more years into a more cohesive blend.


Delightful and beautifully creative.

by Liz Blank on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Namaste.


Strong Choreography and Performances

by Torre Edahl on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Of this four-piece show, the first is powerful, direct, and honest, with a captivating performance by choreographer and dancer Nora Anderson. The second and third pieces were pleasant but not particularly memorable choreographically, though in the third it was lovely to watch such a large group of dancers moving together.

The fourth piece drives the show into the absurd, with fantastic costuming and lighting choices and strange moments that had me laughing out loud.

A beautiful cast of talented dancers and an excellent range of choreographic styles make this show a strong choice for anyone who appreciates modern dance.

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BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!

by Carlos Athanasselis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

ARTISITC! AMAZING! LIFE CHANGING! WOULD GO AGAIN. 10 STARS! BEST THING MY EYE BALLS HAVE EVER SEEN!


Contrast and power. Great show!

by Shauna Edson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I was struck by the diversity of movement and composition from the primary choreographers. The show's four pieces were a study in contrast, from gut-wrenching to delightfully absurd. The dancers were stunning technicians as well as performers, shifting seamlessly from softness to sharp accents and from floor to air. The user of facial expression was strong, came all the way across the expansive stage to the back of the house. Over the course of the show I felt everything from empathy to wonder to intrigued joy. A beautiful showcase of the broad range within modern dance.


Cast and crew

Nora Anderson

Co-producer/Dancer

This is Nora’s first time producing for the MN Fringe Festival, and she is ecstatic about the opportunity to choreograph and perform this year! Nora graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She received degrees in dance and anthropology, as well as departmental honors and an award in dance performance. Since then, she has continued choreographing for and dancing in various shows around the Twin Cities. Notably, she performed in the Fringe Festival in 2014 and was a member of Collectivus Dance Company for two seasons. She has performed in choreography by Mathew Janczewski, Blake Nellis, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Merce Cunningham, Dustin Haug, Anna Marie Shogren, Vanessa Voskuil, and Kerry Keen. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy.


Crissy Tolson

Co-producer/Dancer

Crissy Tolson is a founding member of Borealis Dance and has danced in works by numerous Twin Cities dance artists such Erinn Liebhard, Missa Kess & Non Edwards, Elsie Martin and Joanna Lees. This summer she is producing her own work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has a BFA in Dance from George Mason University.


Alexandra Bane

Dancer

Alexandra grew up in Apple Valley, MN. She attended AVHS where her dancer's soul was artfully formed by the lovely Catherine Wright. She went on to receive her B.A. in Dance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and studied under Susan Levine-Ourada where she honed her craft further. She is proud to have danced in works by Troika Ranch, AXIS Dance Co./choreography by David Dorfman, Jenna Riegel, Blake Nellis, Anna Marie Shogren, Dustin Haug, Susan Levine-Ourada, Jeff Curtis, Paul Besaw, Catherine Wright, Katie Heckman, and Corey McKenna.


Angie Clifford

Dancer

Breathe and move. Breathe and move. The motto of this transplant from Chicago, who spends her day balancing qi and moving blood with acupuncture needles and oriental medicine. She has taught Pilates, yoga, and Gyrotonic for more than 2 decades, and is extremely happy that dance has made it back into her life here in Minneapolis. She has two mostly grown kids and is still crazy in love with her husband Patrick. This is Angie’s second Twin Cities Fringe show, and she’s thrilled to be back


Karina Culloton

Dancer

Karina Culloton loves performing, learning and creating with movers of all ages and abilities! She graduated with a BA and departmental distinction in dance from St. Olaf College in 2015, where she performed and created her own work. Karina has brought these interests to the professional dance community, performing in the 2015 Spoleto Festival and the 2016 MN Fringe Festival, teaching in the greater twin cities area, and working administratively for several arts organizations. She hopes to continue dancing, creating, and collaborating in such a vibrant arts community for her whole life!


Nina Ebbighausen

Dancer

Nina Ebbighausen practices and teaches architecture but dances the rest of the time. Check out her latest creation, a 100-foot-long spiraling sculpture outside the front doors of the new Viking’s stadium. Nina has had the opportunity to perform choreography by Off-Leash Area (upside-down dance!), Amy Behm-Thomson, Dustin Haug, Jeffrey Peterson, Cathy Wright, John Munger, and others. Nina is a current company member with Borealis Dance and danced for many years with Eclectic Edge Ensemble. She is excited and honored to be performing Nora’s choreography in this show.


Laura K Johnson

Dancer

Laura K Johnson is originally from Rosemount, MN where she began her training at Betty Jo’s Dance Center. In high school, Laura was introduced to modern dance and hasn’t looked back since. She is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College where she received the Distinguished Dance Student Award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance with Honors. During her time at Gustavus, Laura had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Melissa Rolnick, Philip Flickinger, Jill Patterson, Sarah Hauss and performed multiple times at the American Dance Festival Association (ACDA). Laura currently teaches dance at Prairie School of Dance, Deuxmensions Dance Theatre, Ballet Royale, and Elevé Performing Arts Center.


Julia Moser-Hardy

Dancer

Julia has performed works choreographed by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Alexandra Bellar/Dances, Jolene Konke, Rachel Horner, SEVEN DANCE, and faculty at St. Olaf College. Julia also maintains a passion for somatics and dance education. She has had the pleasure of partnering with Sheryl Saterstrom to research the growing integration of those two areas in dance programs of higher education institutions across the United States. She was privileged to present the website, SimplySomatic.org, created as a result of the project, at the 2013 National Dance Education Conference. She is currently Events Manager and instructor at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory in Wayzata and is thrilled to perform in the Fringe Festival again this year.


Brenna Mosser

Dancer

Brenna Mosser is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. A Rochester native, Brenna attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education (2007-2009) before going to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2009-2012) in London, England for her bachelor's in Dance. In addition, she trained at le Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine (2013-2015) in Angers, France, where she received a level 3 license in Performance Dance and Arts Management. Currently, Brenna is a full-time volunteer for the Conservation Corps MN and IA, an Americorps program catered towards environmental restoration. She is continuing her career in dance as an apprentice for Mathew Janczewski's Arena Dances, choreographer presenting through Laurie Van Wieren, freelancer, and instructor at MCA and Allegro School of Dance and Music in Rochester, MN.


Kathleen Pender

Dancer

Kathleen Pender grew up in Northfield, MN and received her B.A. in Dance from St. Olaf College. She is Company Manager for Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, teaches with Young Dance and the Northfield Arts Guild, and performs for local choreographer Taja Will. Kathleen is grateful to Nora for her thoughtful direction and has loved being a part of this project.


Emily Winn

Dancer

Emily Winn is a dancer and dance instructor originally from Statesboro, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Southern University at the age of 18 with a BA in Writing and Linguistics. Emily has performed professionally with Borealis Dance, Twin Cities Ballet, and Greensboro Ballet. As a student, she performed with Ballet Savannah and Columbia City Ballet, and attended summer intensives with Alonzo King's LINES, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating, she went on study modern and ballet at Belhaven University. Emily currently teaches at Allegro School of Dance and Music and Ballet Royale MN.

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