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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Ambiance

By Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
Directed by Katherine Hesterberg

Playing at Intermedia Arts

A collaboration of multiple Twin Cities' choreographers comes together before your eyes. With no story line needed, this amazingly random Fringe-worthy show displays the athletics of multiple dance forms.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Loved it.

by Sandra Breuer on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I love the variety.


fun to watch

by Milli Manchester on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

this was a fun show to watch! it was done in a talent show/recital style. they varied the styles and had varied performers and varied levels of experience. everyone did well.

a few dancers that stood out to me were: the two tappers in the back row. the boy who looked like he was having the time of his life, and the adorable girl to his left (stage right), the modern act that sounded like a creaky door or something... AMAZING work! i loved the choreography! the corset act was fun too! I liked the choreo. :)


Thrilling

by Crosby Reisch on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Absolutely beautiful, especially the Hallelujah piece. Was constrained by the small space.


Mixed Dance

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This dance show has the vibe of a dance recital, with many different types of dance showcased, and dancers of varying levels. There were some outstanding pieces and some excellent dancers. It's a good show, not rising to the level of some of the more professional level work I've seen at the Fringe, but overall I enjoyed it.


Sytycd sans judges n comments

by Michael Gauer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

A dance recital of a couple forms of dance. Just needed some ballroom and some Kizomba. It was better than So u think u can Dance, cuz there is no judging, no comments, just dancers n music, like it should be. Oh and that one dancer. Wow, that is what bodily lines are supposed to look like, I dare say.


Dance recital - trapped by small space

by Cate Jackson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I'll start with the good, because they deserve to be recognized. Annie Nimmo is a stunning dancer and it was worth coming to this show to see her. Fantastic extensions and control, beautiful emotions in the face. The last piece, #88, was also a stunner. Superb choreography and skilled young dancers. The lead in particular, don't know her name, blonde and petit, was especially impressive. Will be a powerhouse in her career.
I wish I could give more stars based on the above mentioned, but I can't justify it. The rest of the performers seemed to be phoning it in or bored, fake smiles meant to hide concentration on the steps, or looked slightly panicked the whole time (manic tappers). Uninteresting choreography and limited skill.


Wow. Just. Ummm WOW!

by Trisha Raylen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I simply do not feel qualified to comment on how beautiful I found this production. Congrats on a wonderful work of art and thank you!


A beautiful and diverse production

by Nanette Stearns on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

The several group and individual dances made this a varied and engaging performance. Tap, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance were all included in this hour-long production. I could watch the performance of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah over and over. The joy of the tap performances brought a smile to my face. This was my first dance performance for the 2017 Fringe and while it won't be the last, it will be the most memorable.


raw talent

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

SO MANY talented dancers on stage - great mix of styles (modern, ballet, tap, etc...), lovely costumes, AWESOME music. Special shout out to Keane tap dancers - they always look so happy to be dancing, and not in the "stage smiles plastered on their faces" kind of way - they truly love dancing, and it shows.


A MUST See!

by Cheryl Witsoe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This dance show has EVERYTHING! I thought the mix of styles was outstanding, and the technique displayed was incredible. This is true artistry! I loved every minute of it, and wished it could have gone on longer. If you love dance, you must see this show! If you're not sure if you like dance, this is the show to SEE FOR SURE!


A beautiful mix of dance genres

by Barbara Lux on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was amazing, fun, and entertaining! Great to see all the different dance styles! A must see!


Talented Group

by Kirsten Barie on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

We loved Ambiance! It was a great mix of dance styles with a lot of talented dancers! We recommend it!

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful & Charming

by Kate Katzer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show provides a fantastic variety of dance styles with a broad range of emotional impact.
All the feels.

1 person found this review helpful


Dance showcase

by Tara Kieffer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Variety of traditional dance acts. Enjoyable to watch. Tap Dance was an energetic highlight.

1 person found this review helpful


Deserves applause

by hawk eye on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Great show, different types of dance.
It's just dance, dance & dance.
If you admire and appreciate dance this is one of the shows that you shouldn't miss to watch.
Tap dance was extraordinary.
Nice selection of costumes, different music genre.

1 person found this review helpful


Many skilled dancers

by Matt Bappe on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is a fun collection of dancers of various styles and skills. I particularly enjoyed the solo and group ballet dancers, but the tap and modern dancing was also fantastic. If you are looking for a sexy show that is more than just the usual play, definitely stop by the show and it will be more than worth it.

1 person found this review helpful


Must watch !! Loved it 👌

by Manju Krish on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I went to watch the very 1st show .
It's really a must watch .
If you would like to watch many different dance forms come live, this is the place to be .
Very well conceptualised and stitched together different dance forms to make one amazing show .

1 person found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Kasey Dumonceaux

Dancer


Anna Esposito

Dancer


Emily Monsrud

Dancer


Audrey Bartley

Dancer


Buster Brown

Choreographer


Hostvedt Camera

Videographer


Lily Conforti

Choreographer/Dancer

Lily Conforti has been dancing since age 4 at Escalate Dance and Theater Studio. She was on the Totino Grace dance team all four years of high school and will be majoring in dance at the University of Minnesota this fall. She has choreographed her solo for the past two years and has competed them at both regional and national competitions. She continues to choreograph mostly contemporary/modern small group pieces, and hopes to do more throughout her college and dance career. Lily's strives to make her choreography flow like it shouldn't. She pushed herself to create art that keeps the audience there with her in the movement but yet never knowing what will come next.


Harold Cromer

Choreographer


Kathryn Dudley

Choreographer/Dancer

A recent graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Dance Honors and Theatre, Kathryn Dudley is passionate about performing, choreography, stage management, and teaching. Kathryn is from Forest Lake, MN but attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists for high school where her love for the artistic community inspired her to pursue a career in the arts. Through her time at Gustavus she has had the pleasure of choreographing Sweeney Todd as well as various student dance shows. Currently Kathryn is the Assistant Choreographer intern for Hair at the Children’s Theatre Company in addition to stage managing a variety of shows throughout the Twin Cities.


Bella Ford

Dancer


Laura Hardekopf

Dancer


Samantha Heggem

Dancer


Katherine Hesterberg

Dancer/ Director

Katherine is a Minneapolis-based performer, company founder/director, and dance instructor. She has danced professionally and toured state-wide with Continental Ballet Company, St. Paul City Ballet, and Metropolitan Ballet. Katherine is the founder of the 501(3)c non-profit ballet company Minneapolis Ballet Dancers. The company serves as a platform to give opportunities to local professional artists to choreograph and perform their own works. It was most recently awarded an encore performance in the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Originally from Wasilla, Alaska Katherine began her dance training at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy/Dancer’s Workshop. From the years 2006-2010, she studied the classical technique of Cecchetti as well as tap and jazz, achieving a four-year BFA degree in ballet from Friends University in Kansas. During that time, she had the honor of working with artist such as Shawn Stevens from New York City Ballet and Dominic Walsh from Houston Ballet/Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre and also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with globally-known guest artists such as Wendy Whalen, Philip Neal, Frederica Vincisori, and Melody Herrera. She had the privilege of working with Alaska Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Tuscan, Atlanta Festival Ballet, and TU Dance in summer programs.


Casey Juul

Choreographer

Casey, originally from the Twin Cities, began his Classical Ballet training with the Metropolitan Ballet Academy. He received coaching and instruction from Tatiana Berenova, former Bolshoi Principal and Prima Ballerina. Casey also attended The Metropolitan Ballet International Summer Programs lead by Ramon Theiland and Tatiana Berenova .
After completing his training, he began dancing professionally with the Metropolitan Ballet Company. He has danced with several ballet companies in the Twin Cities area including: Ballet Minnesota, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble and Continental Ballet Company. He was also a company member of the Ohio Dance Theatre.
Casey enjoys getting the opportunity to dance with Minneapolis Ballet Dancers because it's so rewarding to be able to create and dance works that are made from artists within the company.


Haley Klemesrud

Dancer


Joanna Lowry

Dancer


Rachel Lux

Dancer


Jennifer Mack

Choreographer/Dancer


Jennifer Mack is excited to be working with Minneapolis Ballet Dancers for the first time. Currently she is also performing with Collide Dance Theater, Live Action Set and Christopher Watson Dance Company. Previously she danced in various principal and soloist roles as a former company member of St. Paul Ballet/St. Paul City Ballet, Continental Ballet, Alternative Motion Project (where she was a founding member) and Szeged National Ballet (Hungary). This includes performing all over the U.S., Canada and Europe for over 15 years as a guest artist/performer/collaborator with numerous companies & choreographers; highlights include: Dwight Rhoden, James Sewell Ballet, Jodi Melnick, MN Opera and commercial work for Aveda, Best Buy, Cost Cutters & Sherwin Williams Paint. As a choreographer, her works have been performed in Europe and the U.S. on various companies, schools and studios. Her interest and focus tends to be on collaboration with live music and pushing it's normal relationships and uses. Most recent was 'A Winter Journey' or 'Die Winterreise' by Franz Schubert, a sold out, 90 minute mutli-displinary and interactive photo, dance, music and opera show put together with opera singer, Justin Spenner and pianist, Jerrod Wendland at Nautilus Theater in St. Paul, MN. Her works were also selected for 'Reverb Dance Festival' in NYC, 'Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival' in Chicago, several 'Rhythmically Speaking' and 'Renovate' Choreographer's evenings in Minneapolis, MN and a Cultural Arts Grant through Eau Claire, WI. She graduated Magma Cum Laude from UW-Stevens Point (BFA Dance Performance, BS-Arts Administration & International Studies) and currently resides in North Minneapolis with her fiance'/musician/chef, Matt Marka (Band: Ada Jane), and energetic 3-year old daughter, Zuzu. Many thanks go to Jim & Sue Mack, Matt & Zuzu and Ann Proudfoot of Danceworks.


Clair Mcardle

Dancer


Nicole McGuigan

Choreographer


Jolie MeshBesher

Choreographer/Dancer

Jolie Meshbesher is excited to be joining Minneapolis Ballet Dancers for the first time. She danced locally with Ballet of the Dolls, most notably as the title role in "The Little Match Girl" and as the swan in "Venus and Adonis." She also danced for two seasons with Saint Paul Ballet where she enjoyed the role of Carabosse in "Sleeping Beauty" and choreographing the solo "Precious Moments." Jolie trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Interlochen Arts Academy, MDT, and has a BFA in Acting from the Hartt school. In addition, Ms. Meshbesher is thrilled to have just completed her Masters in Acupuncture this December as valedictorian.


Bryan Monahan

Company Photographer


Annie Nimmo

Choreographer/Dancer

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Annie trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis and went on to join the Springboard Dance Company. She has attended training programs with the American Ballet Theatre and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Annie went on to dance throughout college at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in history, and in 2011 danced professionally with Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company. Annie returned to Minneapolis in 2012 and danced with Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, Continental Ballet Company, and currently dances with Ballet Minnesota under the direction of Andrew Rist. Annie has had the honor to dance roles such as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Rose in The Classic Nutcracker. Annie also has a great love of teaching ballet and pursues this as the ballet director at Northland School of Dance.


Taylor O’Connor

Dancer


Kira Petersen

Dancer

Kira Petersen grew up in Minnesota where she studied with Lakeville City Ballet (now Ballet Royale Minnesota). She then trained on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program. During that time she worked with critically acclaimed dancers and choreographers such as Leslie Brown (American Ballet Theatre), Jill Johnson (Frankfurt Ballett), Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet), and Francesca Corkle (Joffrey Ballet). She was a member of the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company where she performed soloist roles choreographed by Matthew Prescott (Morphoses), Julie Bour (Ballet Preljocaj), and Davis Robertson (Joffrey Ballet). Kira performed with Twin Cities Ballet where she guested in principle roles and danced as a soloist with New Mexico Ballet Company in productions of The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet. Kira has most recently worked with Karole Armitage in On The Nature Of Things performed at The Museum of Natural History in New York City and in the American Premiere of The Witches of Venice with Opera Saratoga.


Molly Rosaaen

Dancer


Eugine Roszo

Musician/Dancer


Libby Saunders

Dancer


Annabell Schreier

Dancer


John Surber

Dancers


Jozie Tamarkin

Dancer


Zoe Tamarkin,

Dancer


Yuki Tokuda

Choreographer/Dancer

Yuki Tokuda is originally from Japan, and was trained under Mikiko Dei, Hideo Fukagawa and Jun Ishii, internationally recognized dancers, teachers and competition judges. She moved to the United States in 2000 to continue her dance training and to pursue a professional dance career. Ms. Tokuda has danced professionally with the Metropolitan Ballet, Peoria Ballet, USA Ballet and Cities' Classical Dance Ensemble and has been the principal dancer at Continental Ballet for the past 7 years. With diverse training in classical, contemporary, modern and jazz, she is an international guest dancer and collaborator with many companies, including James Sewell Ballet and Ballet Minnesota. She has an expertise in pointe work, partnering, company etiquette and enjoys teaching aspiring dancers. Ms. Tokuda trained at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York and with David Howard, John Prinz, Fabrice Herrault; and Michael Vernon at Steps on Broadway as one of the first International Visa Program students; the Boston Ballet; and the Connecticut Ballet. She has performed the principal and soloist roles of Lucile Grahn in Pas de Quatre, The Peasant Pas de Duex in Giselle, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, La Corsair Pas de Duex, Don Quixote Pas de Duex, Les Sylphides, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Coppelia and Giselle. Ms Tokuda, also, is a certified STOTT Pilates teacher and she is the designer and owner of Yukitard, a custom leotard company for ballet dancers and students.


Leta Triebold

Dancer

Leta began dancing at the age of five at Short Dance Studios and attended St. Croix Ballet during her senior year. After graduating from high school, she received an apprenticeship with Continental Ballet Company, where she continued to dance as a company member for several years. She joined St. Paul Ballet in 2015 and is currently dancing with Ballet Minnesota.


Cathy Wind

Choreographer

Cathy has performed with such great tap artists as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and is a student of the Maestro Lane Alexander. Her passion for art has given her the opportunity to work with the Queen of Sweden, Dr, Maya Angelou, Regis Phelbin, Garisson Keiller, Bill Irwin, the umbillical brothers, and the boys choir of Kenya. She has taught at St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota as well as many reputable dance studios.
Cathy has been nominated for a 2011 Minnesota SAGE Award for Dance for Outstanding Educator. 15 years she has choreographed musicals for Wayzata High School. Currently she is teaching inner city school kids thanks to grants for outreach.
Cathy is the co-artistic director of Keane Sense of Rhythm tap company. KSR has performed around the US, Canada, and Europe, including performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Minneapolis and Thunder Bay Fringe Festivals and the International Dance Festival in Ladek Zdroj, Poland. In 1997, Keane Sense of Rhythm started the Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble to give gifted rhythm-tap students a chance to explore different aspects of the art form.


Megan Wind

Dancer

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Following their encore awarded performances at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis Ballet Dancers brings their newest production to the stage. A collaboration of multiple Twin Cities' choreographers comes together before your eyes. With 10 new works and no story line needed, this amazingly random Fringe-worthy show displays the athletics and artistry of multiple dance forms including tap, ballet, and contemporary. Sit back and enjoy Minnesota's raw dance talent! Live music composition will be performed by Minnesota-based music makers. Don't miss the chance to experience Ambiance

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