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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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Dancing with the Enemy (and Other Celebrations of Life)

By Al-Bahira Dance Theater
Created by Mirah Ammal and Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater

Playing at Jungle Theater

Life is a dance; do we listen to our better angels or let the demons lead? A world dance celebration of life in 2017: joys, despairs, unities, divisions, absurdities and the stubborn hope that binds us all.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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.

Read the reviews


by ifrah mansour on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A brilliantly colorful, heartfelt and moving performance. From beginning to end; you're greeted with a cheerful glistening moves, Enchanting diverse bodies and beatful soundtrack---you can't help but clap for the dancers and lean in closer when they leave off stage wanting more and more. In a week filed with blatant hate demonstration, the show was the perfect antidote for love and light overcoming hate. Much Love for supporting artists of color in the fringe Festival!

Great dance and great guest artist

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Fun and engaging dance pieces. I liked the premise under which they performed, and the guest artist was a powerful and engaging speaker.

Ethnic Dance

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Belly dancing, other traditional Middle Easter dances, and a guest artist (the one we saw was a trans woman with a fantastic message). Very enjoyable!

great guest artist!

by Jeremy Motz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

i caught this performance on saturday, with the drumming guest artist. he made me miss drumming myself, very enjoyable! some of the dancing pieces were a lot of fun, and very well executed...i only question the ordering of the show, as some pieces flowed into another really smoothly, while there were other times there were "brief pauses" while we had to sit there in the dark waiting for costume changes. not that big a deal, but something i definitely noticed. good job!

A Celebration of Joyful Resistance!

by Penny Sterling on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

We have met the 'enemy' and discovered that their weakness is joy. This is a series of dances that encourage us to laugh, and cry, and celebrate ourselves and our lives, even in times of struggle. The dances ran the gamut of the human condition, from sorrow to ribald hilarity, and everything in between. The addition of guest dancers from other cultures was a brilliant thought. I found myself clapping and whooping along with the music and the dance. Brava!


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

I love the amount of dance pieces that crop up during the Fringe. Beautiful venue, talented dancers, loved the invitation of guest artists to the performances. Overall production could have used a little polishing, but enjoyable nonetheless.

All those women!

by Emilia Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and particularly watching all of those badass women onstage. The music was so, so fantastic. I loved that they chose to directly address that our current political climate is so hostile to the cultures that produced this music and these dances. The Guest Artist bit is awesome and exciting--Khaldoun Samman is AMAZING, and he'll be back at next Sunday's show!

Some of the production elements could've used some smoothing over, but overall, a really enjoyable show.

A Shared Humanity

by Autumn Pennington on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I'm not unbiased, I dance with these lovely ladies, but I'm not in this production, so I got to see them from the audience view, and experience these dances personally in a different way. I'd love for audiences to appreciate all of the different styles of dance represented, each from its own vibrant culture and tradition, such as the balletic Nahan, so different from the social dance of Dabke. But I know what's most important, from seeing all of these pieces together, and I hope others will feel, is the shared humanity, the joys and sorrows, celebrations and traditions; a beautiful thing.

Great Dancing and Heavily Needed Theme

by Robin Rayfield on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The show was primarily a bellydance show, performed by fantastic dancers. Mirah Ammal had a lot of personality and energy, as well as being a fantastic dancer. The rest of her ensemble was fantastic as well. The show's theme was primarily about oppressed minorities, something that is heavily needed in this day and age. Something that they're doing every night is having a different guest dance ensemble of some sort of other ethnicity to perform with them. I can't review that portion of the show, as it is to be different each night. However, I will say that if you are a fan of bellydancing and if social commentary against oppression, this is a show for you.

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Cast and crew

Mirah Ammal

Artistic Director, Dancer

Korma Aguh

Guest Artist

LaDonna "Adara Din" Bartol


Vivian Chow


Elizabeth Dirksen

Stage Manager

Jessica Dirksen


Jennifer "Jalilah" Emms


Barb "Amara" Fulton


Nicole Gibas


Grupo Danzas Colombianas

Guest Artists

Emily Hellerich


Zuhra Kiya


Laurie Olson Williams


Alicia Pankratz


Cat "Perizada" Robinette


Khaldoun Samman

Guest Artist

Branwen Zakariasen

Guest Artist

More information

Life is a dance: do we listen to our better angels, or let the demons lead? A world dance celebration of life in 2017: joys, despairs, unities, divisions, absurdities, fears, and the stubborn hope that binds us all.

Each show includes the works of a guest artist to highlight the artistic contributions of people of color, immigrants and other besieged groups in our local and national communities. Net proceeds from each show will be donated to the ACLU or to an international charity for the aid of refugees, immigrants and IDPs.

Guest Artists

Thu 8/3 5:30 Grupo Danzas Colombianas (Colombian Dancers)

Sat 8/5 7:00 Khaldoun Sammam (Jordanian-American Musician)

Mon 8/7 8:30 Korma Aguh (Afrocontemporary Dance)

Thu 8/10 10:00 Branwen Zakariasen (Queer Trans Female Storyteller)

Sun 8/13 4:00 Khaldoun Samman (Jordanian-American Musician)

From the Artistic Director

The past year and the shift in our political and social climate has been challenging--for myself and many of my dancers and our families, and most especially for marginalized groups in our local, national and world communities. This past fall and winter as we approached our 2017 performance season, we engaged in many challenging discussions--individual one-offs, conversations at rehearsals etc.--about anger, fears, frustrations, existential questions, and deep concerns for the rights, well-being and physical safety of those that *some* in our country seem to target as "enemies": strong, outspoken women and girls, like ourselves and our daughters; our immigrant clients and friends; people of color in our private circles and public communities; our transgender friends and family; and international refugees in the midst of grand scale humanitarian crisis. We also talked about what helps us stay resilient--what makes us laugh; what gives us an outlet; how we build and embrace social community (and the role art plays in that); and how we respond with social consciousness and activism. For myself, as an artist and as someone who works part time for a humanitarian INGO, it was simply not possible to approach this year's Fringe Festival as "business as usual." I spoke with my performers and I asked them how they felt about organizing our show this year around this theme and donating funds we raise to charities that serve these communities and promote human and civil rights. To my delight and relief, they were on board.

And so, this year we are taking a bit of a departure from our dance-play and comedy formats. To be sure, "Dancing with the Enemy" will still include lovely Middle Eastern dance and some giggles, but those pieces have been curated with respect to some those thoughts and discussions I described above. Our pieces are performed by an all-female cast of smart, strong women who embrace their diverse bodies and their sensuality. We are also featuring a special guest artist in each show with the intent to support and amplify the voices of artists of color, and of immigrants and transgender people in our local artistic and civil society.

We hope you'll enjoy the show, and consider supporting these fine artists and organizations even after the Fringe is  done.

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