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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So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

By First Daughter Dance
Choreographed by Carla Bode and Jeffrey Peterson

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

At this humanist revival, deeply embodied dance encourages demons to release and spirits to rise. Check your personal baggage on this fun, irreverent, celebratory, movement flight to the land of warm fuzzies!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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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Read the reviews

More dance please

by Mark Webb on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

For a dance piece, I was expecting more dance. The other elements were a lot of fun, and who doesn't like playing a kazoo, but it did detract from the wonderful dance sections of the show. The final number was beautiful!


Show to Escape Depressing Reality

by Carol McCormick on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Playful escape to childhood with artful dancing. Very participatory. Cast appeared to enjoy what they were sharing.


Uplifting, Almost To A Fault

by Adam Boutz on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A dance piece fused with a self-motivation sermon that was dripping with positivity. You know you're at The Fringe when kazoos, a paper shredder, and interpretive dance can occupy the same headspace simultaneously.


So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy

by Claire Thometz on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This feast for the eyes and soul is a must-see!! It contains all the elements to make it thoroughly entertaining -- beauty and poignancy with a good dose of humor -- and made me realize how much I love this medium. The last piece swept me away with an array of gravity-defying leaps and graceful movements set against heart-lifting music. I truly didn't want it to end!


Leaves you feeling "warm and fuzzy"

by Andrew Ripka on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is fun, approachable, and easy watching for non dance nerds like me, while simultaneously interesting for my dance nerd friends. The dances are great and well performed, especially the final number, which is spirited, uplifting, and pleasantly stimulating. All in all a great show.


Beautiful and uplifting!

by Emily Stark on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a wonderful show, mixing humor with thoughtfulness and a beautiful selection of dance performances. The audience is connected to the show and the performers immediately through the presence of an emcee, who guides the viewer through the performances. You will leave smiling!


Very Enjoyable--Must See

by Barry Peters on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I don’t write many reviews. But I needed to say something about this great show. Dancing was very well done, and the show also included some fun audience participation which made the overall experience more enjoyable. One highlight was the solo dance---what an exquisite dancer Randall is.
And they saved the best for last with “Side by Side”, which gave the audience an exciting array of energy, color, and surprises that I didn’t want to end. Thanks for a wonderful experience.


Beautiful Choreography!

by Molly Norton on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was warm, funny, and beautifully performed! My favorites were the playful intimacy of the first piece and the powerful, joy-filled movement of the final piece. The emcee pulled it all together and invited the audience to play along with kazoos! This show will leave you with a smile on your face and a skip in your step!


Kazoo me!

by Colleen Carter on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

How exciting to receive a gift upon arrival to a show... I was so not expecting that!

The dance pieces moved me, and even made me tear up at times. It sucked me in. The emcee was fantastic! He was fun and made me feel able to open up and feel validated about what I shared. The dancers were AMAZING! So much talent from so many different and unique people! I was standing at the end! Bravo! Thank you performers!


I feel like a kid again

by Lindsey Beyer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was a refreshing change of pace. It acknowledges the baggage we carry as humans in a lighthearted way and reminds us to let go of the bad, rediscover our inner child, laugh, and play. The multimedia piece that opens the show is different and creative, and will put a smile on your face. The final piece is staged, choreographed, and executed so powerfully, professionally and artistically it's a must-see for anyone who's moved by technique and choreography. The show was a breath of fresh air as it explored the theme of the human experience through a childlike atmosphere—the musician plays a toy piano, the kazoos were a riot, and the emcee had an innocent, dad-like humor that makes it a fun show for all ages.


But for the non-dance fans?...

by Krispin Jacobson-Shax on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I'm not an avid fan of modern dance, but hey, it's the Fringe, so I'm open to everything! Unfortunately, this show didn't do much to captivate me, that being said.

The second and final numbers were really amazing, but otherwise i was just zonked out by the dancing. Plus, the emcee chatter and banter was kind of canned and even the audience participation felt a little choreographed and insincere. Almost like "warm and fuzzy paint-by-numbers."

If you're a modern dance fan you will be very, very impressed. For the rest of us, it is likely a hard pass.


YOU CANNOT MISS THIS SHOW

by Nora Anderson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Utterly fantastic. This is one Fringe show you cannot miss. I am sad I can only give five stars because I am giving it a resounding six stars in spirit! Such a brilliant combination of dance pieces interspersed with an emcee who tied it all together. This was not passive entertainment. I felt cradled in this community of both performers and audience as we celebrated being generous and vulnerable together. I laughed, I related, I "YES"ed. Absolutely gorgeous movement quality from all of the dancers. The final piece was so masterfully choreographed and performed that I was entranced. I left in such high spirits and with a sense of joyful connection to everyone around me.


WOW Dancing! Introspective & Feel Good

by Kim Musto on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Carla Bode's first piece was filled with emotion for me - sentimental and touching. Both of Jeffrey Peterson's pieces were exhilarating, thought provoking numbers that left me reflecting on my own life and how I can contribute to our greater community. The attention to detail in the costuming of the unifying piece, Side by Side, really complimented its message. I was wowed by both the dancing and the choreography of the show.


I needed this

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

So I was having a terrible day. I was pretty fussy and anxious, and then I was handed a kazoo, and everything was fine. This show was the spirit lifter I didn't realize I needed. What an absolute joy.

1 person found this review helpful


Good Dancing and Good Intentions- but...

by Molly Kiley on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The dancing in the show is emotional and (mostly) moving. The show ends in a truly magnificent number with the whole company that is worth seeing!
But... the use of MC's between dances took me out of the realm of dance. In addition, the MC's jokes consistently fell flat, further taking away from the (well-intentioned) audience interaction between dances. Give the dancers more focus! Whether doing improvisational modern dance or just running through the audience, the dancers have the real charisma and personality in this show!


Good fun show

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

If you need a break from some of those goshdarn other shows that are dealing with difficult issues, then this is a show for you. Great audience interaction and participation.


Nice

by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A fun, family-friendly slot. There's a lot of heart in this show and the final choreography piece is very well done. This show is worth a look.


You get a kazoo!

by Kathleen Warner on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Lots of fun and unintimidating audience participation, and the dancing is great. The two pieces by Jeffrey Peterson are marvelous, and the dancing of Randall Anthony Smith is exquisite. One to watch if you are a dance fan!


Come here and feel better!!

by Shauna Edson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This is a wonderfully fun show from the moment an usher hands you a kazoo with your program. It had some of the most welcoming (i.e. not fear-inducing) audience participation I've seen. The dancers were beautiful performers, and the choreography was refreshingly unpredictable. The last piece was an exquisite, shifting sculpture of dimension and motion, I was captivated by the visual and emotional buoyancy of it. The company utilized the unique Ritz space very well, crossing into the audience seamlessly via the ramps and aisle. The MCs were charming and earnest, and the interludes provided a nice structure to frame the dances. The whole show was a delightful romp, and I walked away feeling so much lighter than I had before.


Five stars for the dance, but ...

by Don Nowicki on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Absolutely loved the dance performances, especially the closer, but the emcee banter didn't add much to the show. Great choreography and well rehearsed.


Truth in Advertising

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This show really IS Warm and Fuzzy! I came in by accident knowing nothing about the show, but really enjoyed myself. Really nice music and dancing - and the kazoos did make me smile throughout. It felt a tad preachy at times, but overall I had a wonderful time.


Cast and crew

Carla Bode

Choreographer / Producer

Carla Bode is a choreographer, dance educator, and certified yoga teacher. Currently the director of Waconia Dance Arts, she has previously served as dance adjunct faculty for MN State University-Mankato, and was a dance specialist for Buffalo Arts Magnet High School and the Anoka Middle School for the Arts. She holds degrees in Dance Education (K-12) and Communication Arts & Literature Education (5-12). Carla also has a Master’s Certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine’s University. She completed her 200 RYT yoga certification through Sun-Moon Yoga in Mankato. Carla has enjoyed teaching movement for a variety of non-profits and private schools, like the Mankato Ballet Company and the Govenaires Drum & Bugle Corps. In her spare time she dances with Rural Route Dance Ensemble, enjoys drinking coffee, and spending time with her wonderful and weird family. This is Carla’s second time producing work in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She co-produced “That Which Binds Us” with Nora Schull in 2007.


Jeffrey Peterson

Choreographer / Producer

Jeffrey Peterson creates choreography with attention to detail, intent, staging, and a sociological perspective in order to comment on the human experience. "Choreographer Jeffrey Peterson has some serious chops," says Minneapolis St. Paul dance writer Camille LeFevre. His brand of social commentary and dance captivated, challenged, and uplifted festival audiences in ‘03, ‘10, ‘11, and ‘12. His '03 work "Up-Down Up," was dubbed "poetic precision" by Rick Nelson of the StarTribune. Peterson's ‘10 production “Thinkingaview” was notably named the #1 Fringe show to see by infamous Fringe blogger Matthew Everett. “Both kooky and graceful, it defied all expectations of what a dance show should or can be” said Robyn Hendrix of MPR’s Art Hounds, in naming Peterson’s 2010 Minnesota Fringe production a “highlight of the year.” His ‘12 work for the festival, a comment on the state marriage amendment, was called: "...moving and heart-racingly joyous… ...an exultant celebration of love” by Rob Hubbard of the Pioneer Press. Beyond his productions in the Minnesota Fringe, He’s been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s In The Company of Men, Movement Research at Judson Church, Rhythmically Speaking, and presented by the Dancenow/NYC Festival at Joe’s Pub and Joyce SOHO, Dixon Place, The Bryant Lake Bowl, The Rabbit Show, Patrick’s Cabaret, Kinetic Kitchen, and The Rivers Merge Dance Festival (PA), as well as the gala concert of the Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association. Peterson holds a Certification as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst through Integrated Movement Studies, an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His professional work includes performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski, ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski, Stephan Koplowitz's Grand Step Project, Clare Byrne Dance, DELiRiOUS Dance, The Minnesota Opera, and the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, among others. For educational programs, Peterson has created work on students at Gustavus Adolphus College, The University of Minnesota-Morris, Old Dominion University (VA), The University of Vermont, Bucknell University, Saint Mary’s University – Winona, and Hamline University, as well as for The Children’s Theatre Company and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. This is his fifth time producing work in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Past Fringe collaborators have included Mathew Janczewski, Rebecca Katz-Harwood, Christopher Watson, and Sarah Stevenson-Scrimshaw.


Laura Selle-Virtucio

Dancer

Laura Selle Virtucio and Jeffrey Peterson became fast friends while pursuing their BFA degrees in Dance at the University of Minnesota in 1995. Having previously danced in “Thinkingaview” at the Bryant Lake Bowl in '06, she is honored to dance in Jeffrey's work again. Laura is a 15-year member of Shapiro & Smith Dance, where she serves as their Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director, as well as restages the company’s repertory. She currently dances for Chris Schlichting, teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts and occasionally choreographs her own blend of modern and jazz dance. In years past, Laura performed with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Zenon Dance Company, and Black Label Movement. She was honored to have been invited to join JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski in the company’s final season and to have continued performing his work with Zenon. In 2007, Laura received a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and a Sage Award for Best Performer.


Gabriel Mata

Dancer

Gabriel Mata (performing in shows on 8/11 and 8/12) is an independent choreographer, educator, performer, and Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo based project. His work explores the different stages and spaces in the performance and the performers experience. Mr. Mata works to expose the truths hidden behind the facade of choreography. His dances have been performed in California, Minnesota, and New York. He received his B.F.A. from San José State University where he trained in Limón technique from Gary Masters. He performs for Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis and has performed for Wynn Fricke, Keith Johnson, Joel Smith, Diane Frank, and Gary Masters. He has received awards in performance and choreography.


Danielle Cina

Dancer


Rachel Horner

Dancer

Rachel Horner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in dance. She began dancing at the Waconia Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Waconia, MN. She spent a gap year in California dancing professionally with Imagine Ballet Company. Throughout college she performed in work by Carl Flink, Shapiro and Smith, Nora Chipaumera, HIJACK, Emily Johnson Catalyst, and Jolene Konkel. She is a company member with Eclectic Edge Ensemble. She also teaches dance at numerous studios, travels as often as possible and drinks a voracious amount of coffee!


Randall Anthony Smith

Dancer

Randall Anthony Smith (performing in shows on 8/4, 8/6 and 8/8) is a current dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance (NYC), Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre (NYC), and the Megan Flynn Dance Company (Philadelphia). He currently serves as a répétiteur and assistant to choreographer Donald McKayle, having performed for McKayle’s Etude Ensemble for four years. Smith earned his MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. He maintains a practice of performing, restaging, and interpreting McKayle’s repertory, creating his own dance works, and teaching dance nationally. He performed with acclaimed ballerina and choreographer Jodie Gates in “Mein Zimmer” (2012). Other recent performances include works by Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Shen Wei, and zoe|juniper, as well as WOW (2014), an experimental opera created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. Smith’s recent credits include a restaging of McKayle’s “The Fight” (from the musical Golden Boy, starring Sammy Davis, Jr.) for the American Dance Machine of the 21st Century (2015). Last summer Smith performed in Philip Glass’s opera "Witches of Venice," commissioned by Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York. On May 12, 2016, Smith received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 46th Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Irvine. Smith is currently working on his 450 hour Pilates Method Alliance certification and will be embarking on his 500 hour Yoga certification in Hatha and Asthanga Flow in 2018. Smith is excited to be a part of "Side by Side" and "Endless Cycle".


Annika Hansen

Dancer

I am a Minnesotan, a dancer-maker-thinker, an ecstatic aunt, a lover of books and plants and tiny things. I am interested in how dance can contain details of groove and texture, how it can promote community, and how performance is a statement of the importance of bodies. This May, I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. In the dance program, I was fortunate to perform works by Justin Jones, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Marcus Jarrell Willis, luciana achugar, Brian Brooks, Michel Kouakou, and Joanie Smith. I also completed a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, where I performed works by Ohad Naharin, Amir Kolben, Dana Rottenberg, and Noa Zuk. In my own choreography, I have presented locally at 9x22, Future Interstates, and Zenon Dance Zone. With my collaborator, Abigail Whitmore, I have shown site-specific performances at Glam Doll Donuts (You're Invited) through a UROP grant, and the University Rec Center pool (Run Rinse Repeat). This summer, I look forward to dancing in Rhythmically Speaking, the Fringe Festival, Hear Here, and developing new performative events.


Gabriel Anderson

Dancer

Gabriel Anderson (MFA, MPH, CYT) is a dance artist and performer. He was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship to attend the University of Iowa to complete his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance (Choreography), and has performed--and continues to perform--in the works of many artists locally and nationally. Gabriel has been the Director of the Dance Program at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists since 2015. Prior to this appointment, Gabriel taught in affiliate and visiting faculty positions in regional college/University dance programs.


Doug Hooker

Dancer

Doug Hooker graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Dance. He is very thankful to have had a wide variety of professional performing opportunities, such as dancing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Santa Clara, California, and touring with the Broadway show Blast!, both nationally and internationally, including Japan and the 2012 World Expo in South Korea. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Doug has performed full time with Dancing People Company in Ashland, Oregon under the direction of Robin Stiehm. Local dance projects have included ARENA DANCES, Threads Dance Project, and Paula Mann. Doug is honored to have this opportunity to dance for Jeffrey Peterson and with fellow dance artists!


Cecilia Wall

Dancer


Jacob John Borg

Dancer

Jacob John Borg is a recent graduate from St. Olaf College, earning not only his bachelor’s degree in dance, but also graduating with distinction. He is now competing and performing professionally, in addition to a career in teaching ballroom. He began dancing in Malta at the age of five. His first styles were ballroom and Latin dance, and he was introduced to ballet at the age of thirteen by the accomplished dancer Stefano di Filippo. Jacob won several dance competitions in Malta and was granted a title for Malta’s national champion in Latin dancing. While in Malta, Jacob received a prestigious scholarship for a two week summer intensive in Forli, Italy by Stefania Sansavini, examiner of the Cecchetti Classical Ballet. He discovered modern dance through the faculty at St. Olaf College. He has performed works by Jill Patterson, Laura Selle-Virtucio, Heather Klopchin, and Marciano Silva Dos Santos.


Rahila Coats

Dancer

Rahila Coats is entering her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in the BFA dance program. As a honors dance graduate from the Performing Institute of Minnesota, she has trained at multiple institutions in the Twin Cities such as TU Dance, Penumbra Theatre Company, Zenon Dance Company and Saint Paul Ballet. Following her 2016 graduation, she joined Threads Dance Company in their touring to Atlanta, Georgia. Aside from being a dance instructor at Saint Paul Ballet, she has begun a new position with the Guthrie Theater's Advisory Network. She is looking forward to this new chapter with Jeffrey Peterson's artistry and is impassioned by the hard work that everyone has put into creating a loving and creative community.


Alexandra Bodnarchuk

Dancer

Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis based artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. In 2012 she graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, where she danced with Azaguno African Dance Ensemble. Since then she has produced two full length works and several smaller works, which have been presented in multiple venues throughout Minneapolis, Pittsburgh (PA), and New York City, as well as Durham (NC), Athens (OH) and Columbus (OH). Her work has been supported by Zenon Dance Company and School, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Mary Lipple Memorial Fund. In addition to creating her own work Alexandra has worked with STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Attack Theatre, and Bricolage Production Company. She has also worked with movement theater artist Mark Conway Thompson, with whom she originated the role of Predator in his 2016 work, Kimono. Alexandra currently works with Black Label Movement (BLM) as an Administrative Assistant. She most recently assisted BLM's Artistic Director, Carl Flink, on his new work for James Sewell Ballet's Ballet Works Project (March 2017).


Renee Guittar

Dancer

Renee Guitar (performing in shows on 8/11 and 8/12) is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and lover of the MN arts community. Renee has performed at The Guthrie, The Ordway, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and The Old Log Theater and has been a company member of Collide Theatrical Dance Company since its inception in 2013. Renee produced the MN Fringe Festival Productions “CLOCKED” and “CIRCULATE” as well as an interactive dinner theater, "COOKED" which were all co-directed by Renee, Benjamin Kolis and Sarah Jabar. Renee teaches at numerous dance schools including Zenon Dance School and the Ashley Ballet Arts Academy and received a B.A. in Dance with Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2012.


Callie Rosenbaum

Dancer

Callie Rosenbaum is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While training at the U of MN she had the opportunity to perform in works by choreographers Brian Brooks and Justin Jones, and is currently working with various local dance artists on the jazz and American vernacular show, Rhythmically Speaking. She is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast for this Fringe production and would like to thank Jeffrey for his choreography, energy, and guidance.


Courtney Hunsberger

Dancer

Courtney Hunsberger is from Allentown, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Dance and Mathematics as well as a secondary education certification. She currently teaches eighth grade mathematics at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. During her college career, she performed “D-Man in the Waters” by Bill T. Jones (restaged by Germaul Barnes), in addition to works by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Jeffrey Peterson, and Teresa VanDenend Sorge. She has choreographed various pieces, including “Penrose Stairs” which was selected for the Gala Concert at the Mid-Atlantic North American College Dance Festival in 2015. Courtney was classically trained in ballet and pointe for 13 years at Delaware Valley Dance Academy, and has since, greatly expanded her dance genres to include modern, jazz, contemporary ballet, and hip-hop. Growing up in a Mennonite community, she has been challenged to inform those who are unfamiliar with dance, as well as find the intersection between dance and spirituality. As a politically-aware, adolescent-advocating, and outdoor-adventure seeking individual, Courtney is constantly finding ways to use dance as a barrier-breaking common language with people and all aspects of life.


Ben Findley

Stand-Up-Comedian-Pastoral-Emcee

Born on a Thursday in Mankato, MN, Ben has had no choice but to make others laugh. Upon receiving a B.S. in Music Industry from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006, Ben bought a print shop as soon as possible. Ben took over the reins of The Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 as President & CEO and lead them to World Champion status before retiring in 2010. Having performed in over 30 Productions for the stage between 1993 and 1999, it is no wonder he left until his triumphant return last fall as part of the Minnesota Shorts Festival. Ben has hosted weekly pub style trivia with his partner in trivia crime Tom, as Ben & Tom - The Savants of Question, for the last 14 years. Ben also is the current host for both the Rock Paper Scissors Competition and the Talent Show at the Carver County Fair. Catch his low budget cooking show “Fork Me!” on Facebook and YouTube. Ben is an ordained minister and Registered to perform marriages in Minnesota and several other states with let’s say “less than stringent” marriage requirements.


Jen Luitjens

Stand-Up-Comedian-Pastoral-Emcee


Kari Tweiten

Composer/Musician

Self-taught composer Käri Tweiten is also a pianist and bassist who has spent most of her adult life playing bass in various rock bands. She revisited piano as an adult, began to compose her own solo works and eventually also wrote for ensembles, the first of which won the Eric Stokes Song Contest hosted by new music ensemble Zeitgeist. Recent collaborations with dancers and choreographers have offered yet another musical direction to explore.

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At this humanist revival, deeply embodied dance is the medium through which demons are exorcised, energies are uplifted, and spirits rise. So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! is a fun yet poignant hour of dance, cultural commentary, and community empowerment. It is produced by veteran Fringe choreographers Jeffrey Peterson and Carla Bode and performed by a fantastic ensemble cast of dancers and two standup-comedian-pastor-emcees!


 


So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! weaves Peterson’s socially-driven quirk with Bode’s sensitivity in illustrating the highs and lows of life like your favorite hand-stitched old-screenprinted-tshirt quilt. The show encourages its audiences to find comfort in the warm embrace of communal existence as it dances its way through the downs and ups of life. Via movement, audience participation, kazoos, and a paper shredder, So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! gets serious and silly about loneliness, common bonds, spiritual ecstasy, family, diversity, and togetherness.


 


Staged as part of So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! is Jeffrey Peterson’s grandiose and poignant Side By Side (2013). Inspired by his move from Minnesota to Pennsylvania in 2012, the work boldly claims the need for human connection. As a choreographic illustration of the rifts and possibilities in American culture today, Side By Side illustrates a journey from the loneliness of difference to the joyous embrace of diversity in community. Moments of caring delicacy juxtapose frenzied choreographic passages of full-bodied, syncopated, contemporary movement with 11 dancers. Ultimately, Side By Side conjures joy.


 


Finding inspiration from poetry, Carla Bode’s work in So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! explores themes of shared, simultaneous suffering and intuitive guidance. One choreographic exploration sends Bode’s dancers into the uncomfortable experience of following other’s life choices: what is it like when we stray from our own stars? In another piece, veteran dancer moms including Bode, Melissa Brown-Guenther, and featuring Sage Award winning dancer Laura Selle-Virtucio, recreate the authentic, playful, and bizarre movement of their own children. Bode’s creative offerings encourage you to peel off the layers of society’s influence, and in the words of poet Kahlil Gibran: “forget not that the earth delights to feel your barefeet.”


 


So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! wants you to feel. Come experience a range of emotions from suffering to simple connection to celebration as you join in this rejuvenative experience! Check your baggage on the flight to communal happiness! Get healed as you kazoo your way to bliss!


 


Expect: great dancing, effusive kazooing, and lots of warm fuzzies!

Eide Bailly
Bollywood Dance Scene