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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FUNKiN' Good Time

By Ti-en-T Presents
Directed by Tracy "Ti-en-T" Yang

Playing at Crane Theater

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Historical content, Historical content, Modern Dance, Ethnic Dance, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

A dance show highlighting funkstyles dance (popping, locking, and waacking) with a mix of b-boy/b-girl (breakdancing) and hip-hop. Come experience street dance through the decades and have a funkin' good time!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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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Aewsome talent!

by Obiajulu Anizor on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had so much fun. Nostalgic. Remembered my youthful years and the music selection was right on!

What an incredible power house our body is! Proven by a group of young dancers. You guys should enter the "You think you can dance" show. Tracy you are amazing.

And who was managing the stage production and lights!? You added great effects and ambience making the show even more enjoyable and fun. Thank you!

I will see it again and bring more friends and family.


I could have watched this for hours

by Florence Brammer on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

SO GOOD. Great choreography and music, wonderful stage charisma, and unbelievable dancing skills (rehearsed to perfection). The full house had a blast (singing along, cheering, and clapping) and that just added to the excitement. I hope this group gets a booking for a full evening show at Cowles, the Southern, ArtShare or otherwise.


WOW!

by Jeffrey Kessel on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Incredible & awesome non-stop pulsating high energy dance! Fun to feel the beat, rise to your feet, clap & shout!


A do NOT miss

by Sara C. on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

High energy. Entertaining. Fun. Inspiring. Does Fringe hve a "best show" award? This would be a contender.


Loved it!

by Ryan Maddux on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Yes, yes, yes!


Amazing!

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

Go. See. This. Show. This was an amazing, high energy, incredibly well done show. I have no idea how they move like that! Definitely go see this!

1 person found this review helpful


How do you even DO that???

by Mark Webb on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

How can I even describe this one without breaking a hip? OMG - these incredibly talented young dancers knocked this out out of the park. Using a wide and varied selection of funk music, they demonstrated some of the best funk moves ever; some I hadn't seen in years, and some I've never seen at all. Their intense dance moves were edgy and inventive - a total feel good, feast for they eyes.


Amazing Energy

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

This is an astonishing show, not only for its unending energy and technically amazing dance, but also because the dancers don't look like stereotypical "dancer" types. Outstanding!


50 minutes of joy, talent, & energy!

by Kara Garbe Balcerzak on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show is a must-see! I'm not a dancer or even typically a fan of dance shows, but this was high energy and incredibly fun. I grinned and cheered throughout the whole show. These people are seriously talented! It was especially awesome to see a dance show with such a diverse group of people: diverse genders, races, ethnicities, and body types. I really appreciated that the female bodies on the stage weren't sexualized; everyone wore the same outfits, so the focus was on the amazing talent of each person. Go see this fantastic show!


Very Fun!

by Zoey Cobb on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was a delightful performance! The dancing and choreography were fun to watch, and the dancers themselves were clearly having a blast, with a lot of high energy and infectious smiles all around. I'm not familiar with the dance or music history so I definitely didn't pick up on the progression of styles, but I think anyone can enjoy this show regardless- Make a point to go see it!


Lives up to it's title!

by Rebecca Stewart on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This performance is a fabulous portrayal of musicality and energy! There's no real story line here, just 50+ minutes jam packed with great music and choreography that highlights each individual's strengths. As a Twin Cities dancer and dance fan of all styles, it's great to see funkstyles and bboy/bgirling on the Fringe stage and I hope to see more of it in the future. Definitely a must see!

1 person found this review helpful


Fun trip thru dance.

by Jeff Schulman on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A fun tour thru street dance. The solo and duet dances were great, they transitioned each dance with some group dancing as well - great soundtrack! I recommend including this on your festival schedule - also, the theater is a very cool warehouse converted into an intimate theater.


Pretty good.

by Carl Smith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I liked this. Boring at times for those who don't dance though. Nice work!


High paced and thrilling

by Richard Heise on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

A really fun performance. High energy, almost makes you feel like you need a nap after they have finished.


Infectious!

by Jesse Goebel on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I know these dancers and this performance showed so much growth and creativity in all of them. Their energy was electric and I couldn't take my eyes off. If you go, make sure to make noise because they love hearing the crowd!


Great Street Dance Performance

by Tina Lahti on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I really liked this show. It was a high energy performance with excellent dancers and good music. FUNKiN' Good Time made good use of the performance space, though the music could have been a bit louder. Choreography was very good and highlighted each dancer's individual strengths. Seamless transitions from one number to next next left the audience completely entertained. I would love to see this group take their performance to the next level with a bit more of a performance theme or storyline as well as more sophisticated lighting, staging and costumes. I would go out of my way to see them again.

1 person found this review helpful


Fun show

by Colin Hughes on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The performers seemed to really enjoy themselves which is re-assuring as an audience member. High energy and crisp transitions / dance numbers. It was infectously entertaining!
Also, shout out to the costume choice of an oversized Muggsy Bogues jersey. I don't know if it was on purpose but that was a deep cut for an avid sport fan like myself.


Just WOW

by Don Nowicki on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Amazingly executed by performers who love dance. Both solo and ensemble pieces were polished and well done. And no short selling here, the show relentlessly entertained for the full hour. Great work by all.


Enthusiasm wins

by Corrie Fiedler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

This was my requisite dance performance for 2017. Lots of fun, lots of energy, and some top rate individual performances. The team member diversity was such an upper. As other reviewers have noted: all colors and body types. The individual performances were stronger than those done as a group. Synchronicity can be sharpened up.


If you love Dance, go see this show!

by Jim Louis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I added this show because of other reviews and they were right. This is a fun show from start to finish. I wish I had that level of energy. Keep up the great work! And you potential audience member reading this, go see this show!


5+++++++ stars

by Lisa Lamb on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Pure energy and fun from start to finish. Amazing dancing!! I'm in awe!


Made me do the happy dance

by Tiffany Morgan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Felt like being at the club and watching those few brave souls who hit the middle of the floor and command everyone's attention. Wanted to join in! Very fun!


Super fun show

by Jen Lynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Awesome, high-energy dancing for over fifty minutes that was inspiring to see! Great mix of music that had the full-house engaged. These talented dancers seemed to be having a blast and their enthusiasm was contagious. Highly recommend seeing!


Physically Amazing

by Liz Blank on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I love all of the energy and moves that this troupe of dancers put on display! Wow! I was moving along in my seat through the entire production.


What the fringe is for

by Walter Furtney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

It was great to see an entire show of the kind of dance that is usually only seen in 5 second snippets on TV. High energy great personality, enthusiasm, passion and talent made a very enjoyable show.


Wow!

by Rebecca Brorson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The energy and talent in this show is amazing!!


CRAZY GOOD

by Erin McGregor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Well, I lost my breath watching them. So much energy, great moves, and good audience-engagement. Each performer is strong and has unique specialties - loved watching each solo!


Makes you dance with them so bad!

by Darshan Maiya on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I would like to appreciate the efforts of all dancers in this show. Dancing for an hour straight is no small feat. Tracy is an amazing and versatile dancer showing off many styles (It becomes very apparent that she is really good at waack). Adam is an expert at both locking and popping, body isolation is on point. Annie and Lisa have a piece which remind me of "Les Twins" pieces. Meng is inspiring throughout the 1 hour show (I want to be Meng some day). Melvina is such a happy dancer her stage presence is amazing and Jay stands on his head so.......

This is one of those shows which is worth the whole $22 that you pay for the day pass. The theater is small so I urge everyone to reserve tickets and go watch this fantastic marvel.


High energy fun

by David Pacheco on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fantastic show, with loads of high energy, funkin' music and very cool choreography showing us the evolution of funk, breakdancing and hip-hop. Your toes will be tapping. Totally worth it!


Diverse troupe, excellent dancing

by Anna Amyx on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I love a good dance number, and this crew danced almost non-stop for 54 minutes! A diverse cast proves that excellent dancers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They deliver on every promise in their show description. I'm happy I saw it on opening night because it leaves me the option of catching another performance later.

1 person found this review helpful


Thoroughly entertained!

by Carol Gravseth on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great music, exceptional dancing ..you can tell this crew worked diligently to master the choreography! Really enjoyed the flow of the presentation.

1 person found this review helpful


Awesome high-energy dance show!

by Oron Stenesh on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a funky great show! Tracy Yang directs some killer dance on a great, stylistically diverse ensemble. Solos, duets, trios, ensemble pieces. A wink to the audience at that familiar tune (Vanity 6, Lauryn Hill), and some sweet unexpected moves to go with it. Each dancer has their moment(s) to shine and the love and support between the ensemble is evident. What a perfect tonic to the news of the day - check this group out!!

1 person found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Tracy Yang

Dancer & Director

Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, a Twin Cities native, has been a devoted practitioner of the Funkstyles form of dance known as Popping since 2009. She has been a featured performer at various venues around the Twin Cities such as Intermedia Arts, Patrick’s Cabaret, the University of Minnesota, The Cabooze, and The Guthrie Theater. In addition to performing, Ti-en-T has taught at various locations around the Twin Cities metro area, sharing her knowledge with people of all ages. Along with performing and teaching, Ti-en-T is an active competitor in “jams,” or dance competitions. She loves traveling to not only compete and challenge herself, but to learn new things and meet new people from all walks of life. Her strong passion for the urban street dance culture and the desire to see the world keeps her ambitions high, and her mind open to new experiences as she continues her career as a dancer. Ti-en-T is a part of the renowned all-styles crew, Venus Fly, the Midwest all-styles street dance collective, Digital Nativez, and the Minnesota Funkstyles dance crew, ALL DAY.


Melvina Cha

Dancer & Assistant Director

Melvina Cha was born in Sacramento, California, but grew up in Minnesota. She became interested in dancing during her middle school years. By the time she reached her sophomore year, where she learned from Jennifer Glaws, Melvina was exposed to other genres of dance such as contemporary, african dance, jazz, ballet, and the choreography aspect of dance. Melvina has also performed in many dance shows and events at her school, and was given the opportunity to learn from Maia Maiden, Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, Brian Evans, and from both DeOnna and DesJohnna Gray-Lige. By the end of her sophomore year, she was able to connect with local funkstylists where she continues to grow as a dancer/popper today.

Some accomplishments and activities throughout Melvina’s dancing career are:

Student of the Year for Dance in 2012
Opened for local hip-hop artist, Guante, with MN bboy crew, New Heist
Performed at both Maia Maiden’s Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening as MN Funkstyles, and later as ALL DAY
UW Stout: StageMe Performance
MN State Fair Hmong Day
Tribal Survival (Poppers VS Krumpers)
Show Your Soul 2 (1st Place)
Aint Nothin but a S.H.E Thang (2nd Place)
Uprizing II (2nd Place 2v2 w/ Rhematic)
VersaSound I (R&B Edition) (1st Place)


Adam Myhand

Dancer


Meng Lor

Dancer

Meng “Mengo” Lor was born and raised on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the early 2000’s when he was in middle school, Mengo started learning how to dance in response to the growing street dance culture in the Hmong community. It wasn’t until he reached high school when he discovered Popping. With the help of the Internet, he was able to learn about the rich culture of Funkstyles and started training in the many styles within Popping, with waving as his first style. After high school, Mengo began battling at events throughout the Twin Cities. He first joined the popping crew “Groove Soul Marvelous” (GSM) with fellow ALL DAY crew members Chozin and Rhematic and later on, Che. In 2014, Mengo was invited to join his peers in the Minnesota Funkstyles collective “ALL DAY” and now competes nationwide.


Annie Aldag

Dancer

AnnieUp. A student of Breaking, Rocking, House and Waacking dance styles, she represents The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew, RockLordz, Venus Fly and Soul Steppers. She has traveled often to NYC, and other parts of the country to study the foundations of Breaking and Rocking, to battle, and to learn from as many practicioners as possible. She has had the opportunity to perform in several Twin Cities venues, include the Cowles Center and the Walker Art Center.

AnnieUp is thrilled to be performing alongside these talented and accomplished dancers. Collaborating with, and learning from each dancer in this group has expanded her knowledge and deepened her appreciation for each dance style in this show.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham


MalvinX Jay Vue

Dancer


Lisa Berman

Dancer


James "Obi" Gordon

Stage Manager

James was born in Nashville, TN but considers MN his home. His musical background is credited to his father who was a Nigerian musician/artist and his mother, an avid listener of all genres of music. In kindergarten he played his first drum in a school play. This led to a life as a percussionist in high school concert bands, marching band and drumming/singing soprano in church choir. Obi continued his music passion, receiving a degree in Music Business & Audio production. Over his years of studying and actively producing, Obi started creating unique tracks that he felt were perfect for DJing. He bought some gear and found himself DJing parties and clubs shortly after. When not DJing, creating music or working, Obi works as a basketball skills developer for all ages. James is delighted to be a part of the FUNKiN' Good Time crew and fits the role of stage manager very well.

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