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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MEDUSA

By Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus
Created by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Playing at Boom Island Park

A mythological priestess' heroic story of blind devotion, fiery wrath and cursed fate. Contemporary dance and fire performance, set within original music and video environments. Audience Choice 2014 and 2015.

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
Cancelled
 

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
Cancelled
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
Cancelled
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

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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Read the reviews

Fierce!

by Anne Costello on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed this telling of Medusa through dance and powerful song. The fire elements added to the intensity and spectacle, along with extremely well done fight choreography, powerful female vocals, and movement. Fierce and intense and beautiful....deeply rooted in the feminine divine. Vox Medusa never disappoints- another winner!


Astonishing!

by Ahriana Huyaban on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A must see show. If there's 10 stars i would give it a 10! I'm happy to see my my teacher, and some of my friends dance. Both Medusa, before and after played the role so great! The music is awesome, the fire oh my gosh, it will give you chills and makes you feel excited. I recommend others to watch for those who haven't seen the show. They give you more than what you paid for. Excellent job! 😍👏🏻


So beautiful

by Jessica Solinsky on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Fantastic music, choreography, lighting, costumes, and fire! Epic storytelling that draws you in. If you don't have plans for 8:30 on Saturday, go see this! You won't be disappointed.


If you like dance. See this.

by Suz Will on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Excellent choreography, dancers, fire show. See this.


Magical and mesmerizing

by Kris Sieg on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Fabulous choreography. Entrancing. Fire dancing was amazing. Felt transported to mt Olympus


So flippin' cool

by Morchella Minneapolis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The creative visions informing the music, costumes, dancing, and storytelling of this performance are nothing short of amazing. Top it off with the view of the river and city skyline in the background. This show is so dang cool. GO!!


Breathtaking

by S. Coleman on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This company is doing something incredibly special, so you will want to catch this show before Fringe ends.

Vox Medusa's perfectly executes a namesake material they clearly care deeply about using fascinating dance, entrancing vocals and astounding literal flames. Flames for fanfare, flames for drama, flames for FIGHTING.

In an outdoor site specific space still complimented by theatrical lighting with the gorgeous Minneapolis skyline above, Vox Medusa's timing is impeccable as the park grows darker, so does the story. And as the story descends into terror, the flames rise to meet it.

This cast of incredible women (and a few men) render the Gorgon's tale with grace & empathy that will have you questioning if Perseus was really the hero


Medusa

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

A sensory explosion!! Brave, daring and unlike anything I have ever seen! From the the beginning, captivating and filled with anticipation in each sequence... the allure of the music, voices, choreography, intriguing fire and stunning backdrop, bring you to an entertainment experience you'll not forget!


Gorgeous

by Kate Katzer on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I was completely engaged throughout. If you're not familiar with the story, the program notes give a great primer. The setting and production are wonderful and the mix of performance styles is crafted beautifully. Bring a chair and blanket if you can.


Hell Yeah!

by J. Bach on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Everything was great! Loved the dancing, costumes, lighting, projections, singing, set, story, fire, Mpls skyline in the background, sunset! Wow!


If it's Vox Medusa, just go already!

by Derek Lavertu on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Another year, another great Vox Medusa show. I know it's a little out of the way to get to, but don't let that stop you. What other Fringe show has this level of production? The original music alone is a trip, never mind the video effects, costumes, and, of course, dance. As other reviewers have said, the fire elements provided by Infiammati FireCircus at first seem merely like a nice touch, but they escalate, and the final sequence will get your jaw to drop.


Gasoline on a Grill

by Stanley Greene on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

It's sad that the rain cancelled shows because I loved it and have been trying to come back. Worth the wait as things heat up!


A Spark Becomes An Inferno

by Adam Boutz on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Starts off with a slow pacing that did little to distinguish it from similar dance pieces; the movement was precise and beautiful, the interpretation of the myth was powerful, etc. The limited use of fire started to make me wonder if it was mostly just a gimmick. Then the sun went down. Then the magic happened. I feel sorry for all the people who will miss out on this because of the weather this week.


The Hottest Ticket!!!

by david stanoch on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Let the yellow caution tape surrounding the stage serve to warn you, you're in for something extraordinary. The tragic tale of Medusa is not as well known as the character herself & these artists present it so compellingly from the stage you might find yourself holding your breath at times. Through the staging, dancing & singing the pathos, drama & horror of this story is presented in a seamless flow that will shock and delight you but leave you shaken and stirred. The players, with a little help from epic usage of fire, an organic lighting concept (courtesy of Mother Nature) & a brilliant original musical score, truly conjure magnificence from modest production in ways that are freshly inventive & impressive beyond words. Not to be missed!

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Wow

by Richelle Amundson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

I appreciated the program flyer that assisted in understanding the fuller story of Medusa told through the stunning sensory experience of dance, song, and fire under the evening sky. I was especially moved by the portrayal of the powerlessness of rape, the following despair and shunning, and then the transformation into the dangerous and defended experience of a more familiar Medusa. The presentation helped me to really feel that experience and transformation.


Mythic Ritual

by Mary Johnston on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I loved this show! It felt like some ancient ritual brought back to life. So mysterious and wonderful. Go see it!!!


WOW!

by Lauren Biela on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Go to this show, read the story line, and be blown away when these performers interpret it for you! The dancers, lighting, music, singers and FIRE performers create a story that builds an amazing crescendo. The dancers create beautiful pictures in their dances. The music and singing are still in my head. And I cannot believe how the fire was commanded as they incorporated it into the story.

Take an evening to sit outside and enjoy a show! I was able to make it to and from theaters in plenty of time and it was worth it.


Worth the wait

by Sean Wilcott on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

After being cancelled on Sunday, I was even more determined to see this production, and it did not disappoint. The signing, movement and setting truly made for an unforgettable fringe experience. A must see!


Vox Medusa

by Rivert Radtke on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Phenomenal, awe-inspiring, did not want it to end! A "must see" performance nestled in a perfect outdoor setting.

1 person found this review helpful


Medusa

by Heather Frank on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I cannot believe how captivating and intense this story is!! So much emotion! The dancing, singing and the FIRE!!! I highly recommend it!


Simply the best

by TJ Dittrich on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The best I have seen at Fringe and one I have been thinking about ever since. GO SEE THIS.


Setting a Classic on Fire!

by Patrick Pfundstein on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved the storyline, staging (a truly lovely opening), movement, drama, and most of the fire. My only regret was that Medusa (in both her priestess and gorgon modes), and one of her fiery hench-women were so spectacular, I kind of wanted Perseus to go down in flames. Tremendous way to spend an hour down by the river!


Compelling performance!

by Melody Mendis on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I love this show, the concept is well thought out and the talent was wonderful! Especially moved by Emily Colay's singing, she was so powerful and strong! Also, sorry I don't know her name, but really liked the other female vocalist! The performances were solid! Great original music and the fire was a fun and compelling element!


Intelligent work of exceptional artists.

by Joan Skjei on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I love shows that challenge intellectually rather than entertain by cuteness. Medusa is one that invites you to think. You can tell a tremendous amount of work and dedication went into this production – and what a backdrop - the downtown skyline! All elements of Medusa convene to transport VERY LUCKY audiences to another place and time. Bravo to Kristin Freya for her genius. I got choked up during the dances, lost my breath during the singing, and was captured by intense forces of original music, videography and fire performers. I applaud the choreographers for their masterpieces. Must see! Vox Medusa is a fountain of wealth of ideas, creativity and brilliance.


Glorious & Magical

by Erin McGregor on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Very unique show and totally captivating. It's storytelling through dance ... being performed outside at sunset ... with epic music ... plus FIRE STUNTS!!!

Bring a blanket, a jacket, and a cup of hot chocolate. Definitely a must-see show for MN Fringe 2017!


MEDUSA

by anca sima on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

amazing !!!


Spectacle

by Hailey Colwell on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The fire, loud music and awesome projections made this show fun to watch. The dancing, singing and storytelling were far less captivating. I wonder what would have happened if all of the work that went into producing the show (and outside!) had gone into just telling the story.

1 person found this review helpful


Bold & brave - only at the fringe!

by sam gisselman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

How courageous! Dance + song + fire + fight choreography, all out in a beautiful natural setting. Thank you for taking on such an aspirational production!! My kids and I loved it.

Granted we were right next to a speaker but it seemed like you could dial the volume down 20%. Also, use a mic for the closing cast credits! Otherwise, wonderful tech work.


Rapturous (yes, that was intentional)

by Laura Kauth on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

... But in a good way. This was a visual, aural, and emotional feast. It filled the eye from every angle, with dance and projections narrating the story while the lyrics remained untranslated, a decision which added to the otherworldliness of this glimpse into myth. The scheduling, as evening sinks into twilight, couldn't have been better timed; the dusk-light city was the perfect backdrop.

One technical point: the outdoors setting means sound needed (and was given) amplification so the whole audience could experience it. People may want to bring earplugs to attenuate to a more comfortable range.


Spectacular

by Lloyd Mollenkopf on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The perfect combination of modern dance, fire, song, shadow casting and pure entertainment. Add in a beautiful venue and this show is a must see!


One of a kind at MN Fringe

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

I don't really tend to enjoy modern dance but this experience was excellent. The location ( outdoors) made it a great way for me to experience this show. Projection is unique, sets are grand and costumes/props are out of this world. I found myself engrossed throughout the show and nearing the end of the show I was transported to an out of the world experience.
The person playing Medusa was great! Special shout out to Alyssa ( a fire performer) !

This is a must watch show, it's a picnic environment bring towels/chairs, picnic baskets, bug spray to make yourself comfortable while watching this spectacle.

1 person found this review helpful


Powerful

by Pamela Whitcomb on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is raw power and emotion - you feel it with all your senses! I felt transported to a hillside in Athens -


Kristin Freya is a visionary!

by Kathleen Warner on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Along with her co-creators, she has produced a MUST SEE show. If you see only one show in the Fringe, this should be it! A spectacle of costumes, lights, music, dance, fire (yes, actual fire) -- with a great backdrop in downtown Mpls. Thoroughly mind-blowing!


Great location and talented performers

by Scott Gilbert on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I really enjoyed the performances and the use of both fire and projections. They had quality tech set up in the middle of the park with a great view of Mpls as a backdrop. The performances were excellent, but the choreography was very repetitive and was lacking. I also found the sound too loud. If you catch the show (and you should) make sure to take bug spray.

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent Story, Great Dance and FIRE!

by Eric Herr on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

You'll be glad you went to this show. A beautifully told origin story for Medusa. The dancing is terrific and supported by hypnotic orchestrations and haunting singing.

The story starts slow, but quickly builds along with the seeing sun. Once the Gorgon is revealed the scope of the show quickly amplifies and... Lots of fire! Infiammati FireCircus and Vox Medusa are an incredible pairing on this show. A MUST SEE.

1 person found this review helpful


Magical Experience

by Fiona Quebert on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wow! This show transports you into another world. Each and every performer fully commits to their character. The fire adds an aspect not often seen in a dance performance. The choreography is so human-like, yet quirky. Every aspect seemed very well planned out and executed. Such an interesting, mythological, beautiful, magical show. Bravo!


the biggest spectacle you'll see

by Dave Stagner on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The first standing ovation I've seen at Fringe so far, and well deserved. The site-specific nature allows them to do fire, an elaborate light show, and complex stage architecture that would be otherwise impossible. But that wouldn't matter without a great story, great performance, and great music. Medusa delivers all three. Incredible show! Also, it only ran 45 minutes, so you should have time to get from there to Ritz, Strike, or West Bank afterward.


Spectacular!

by Brian Flagg on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A memorizing, magical performance of 🎭ancient myth, music and modern movement set juxtaposed to an illuminated Minneapolis cityscape 🌆Be prepared to be transfixed and transported through time. Spectacular!🔥

Deborah Gee-Tritschler /Brian Flagg
Congratulations to ALL the amazing performers! ( 👍Serena💃)


Great show! And fire!

by Delano DuGarm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I have a hard time appreciating modern dance, but this show really spoke to me. The cast was uniformly excellent: Nicole Collins was majestic as Athene, Julie Marie Muskat wounded and betrayed as Medusa, Emily Colay was bad-ass as the Gorgon, and Andrew Bendzick was heroic as Perseus.

The fire work was integrated into the dance, and looked great. Where but the Fringe can you see women dancing in flaming crinolines and wielding flaming swords and whips?

The venue is pretty distant from other shows, but it's well worth the trip (and lost slot) to see this show, which is absolutely unique.

Two bits of advice that are probably obvious to anyone but me. Bring a chair or a cushion. No seating is provided. Also, bring bug spray.


Fire and dance

by Katherine DuGarm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is the kind of show I see at the Fringe and no where else. There was a classic, mythic story. A woman is raped and then punished while her rapist goes free. She and the other women gain power after that event.

I was torn at times between watching projections on the arch and watching dancing right in front of me. Effects I liked were the flaming battle ax and Medusa's hair.

If you go, a cushion and bug spray are helpful.


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Cast and crew

Kristin Freya

Artistic Director and Choreographer of Vox Medusa


Rah Diavola

Artistic Director and Choreographer of Infiammati FireCircus


Jeremy Christensen

Original Music Composer (Post Transformation)


Dylan Nau

Original Music Composer (Pre Transformation)


Tony Biele

Video Artist, Set and Light Designer


Julie Marie Muskat

Choreographer of Vox Medusa, performing as priestess Medusa


Emily Colay

Vocal Director & Songwriter, performing as gorgon Medusa


Nicole Collins

Vocalist performing as Athena


Andrew Bendzick

Performing as Perseus


Erin Belfry

Infiammati fire performer


Siri Dove

Vox Medusa Dancer


Tona Dove

Vox Medusa Dancer


Kimoja Emeka

Infiammati fire performer


Alyssa Hill

Infiammati fire performer


Kim Keen

Infiammati Fire Performer


Angelia Marann

Vox Medusa Dancer


Grace Mollenkopf

Vox Medusa Dancer


Kaia Rokke

Vox Medusa Dancer


Serena Tritschler

Vox Medusa Dancer


Natasha West

Vox Medusa Dancer

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Medusa's full story is scarcely known beyond her vilified ending as a monster and destroyer of men. Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus join forces to honor the powerful myth of Medusa's transformation from Athena's loving and devoted priestess to demonized gorgon. Infiammati spins fire to bring to life Medusa's emotional state and the destruction of her innocence, while Vox Medusa unfolds her tale of sorrow and redemption. "MEDUSA" is a fiercely provocative and visually stunning outdoor production set along the bank of Boom Island Park. This poignant story is retold by passionate artists collaborating through contemporary dance, fire performance, a video projected set, and an original electronic music score accompanied by live vocalists.

 

Vox Medusa creates works inspired by women's mythology and history using themes that are timeless and stirred by the human condition, but explored through a modern lens. Vox Medusa's experimental storytelling blends contemporary dance, live vocalists, original music, video environments, and fire performance. Vox Medusa has created dynamic productions for the Fringe Festival held at Intermedia Arts: "Labyrinth" (2014), "Casting Shadows" (2015), and "Rune" (2016), and was honored to receive the MNFringe Audience Choice Awards in 2014 and 2015.

 

Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus have been collaborating since 2005. Together they annually create dance and fire performances presented at "Barebones" held at HiddenFalls. Their joint production "Persephone: Reign of Fire", was voted "Best Performance Art Show of 2010" by Lavender magazine. Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus have eagerly anticipated the opportunity to carry out their vision of "MEDUSA".

 


Boom Island Park (outdoor performance space is located behind playground)

Audiences may bring blankets or collapsible chairs if they wish.

 



 


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