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.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling 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 and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.



Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows 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 the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: 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 our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by Central gives you a serious head start.


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.


Choosing a Show

With 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad 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.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The 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.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.


 Something different 


Of Something Human

By Present State Movement (Tamara Ober)
Created by Tamara Ober and dancers
Playing at Intermedia Arts

This dance/film work is the explosion and collision of humanity through time and space, war and peace, order and chaos, as it struggles to find moments of cohesion and intimacy in human skin.

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


Sun, 8/7 @ 4:00pm


Mon, 8/8 @ 10:00pm


Tue, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Wed, 8/10 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/13 @ 5:30pm

Ticket Options

Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for any performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Wristbands can be purchased in advance with reservations or at any venue box office during the festival.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

You don't have to buy a 2016 Fringe button, but you might just want to. It identifies you as a part of our incredible Fringe community and gets you great deals at these local bars and restaurants. Get yours at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

Read the reviews

She's done it again!

by Margot Hannon on August 14, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Tamara Ober of Zenon is a skilled and lovely choreographer in her own right. I enjoyed this show greatly. Beautiful work by the dancers and highly enjoyable for dance fans.

Extraordinary dancers

by Florence Brammer on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 42 shows

These three dancers are beautiful movers, and the choreography was complex and visually interesting. I see a lot of dance -- a lot -- and I know this is top-quality choreographic and dancing talent. I'm not sure why I had trouble getting emotionally or viscerally connected; it just felt very aloof to me.

Not my thing

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 13 shows

I love dance and movement and art, but this dragged for me and wasn't my thing. I could tell that there was some dancing talent there, but it never really had a chance to shine in this piece. At times I couldn't wait for it to be over, though there were moments here and there that were moving.

Too Abstract for Me

by Ben benjaminharveydesign@gmail.com on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 32 shows

Let me start by saying that the dancers were amazing and the choreography was endlessly creative. Beyond that though, It was hard for me to get anything out of this show. Aside from a genuinely touching final sequence, and the general theme of war and/or human connection, I was mostly confused by what I was watching. There was constant video on the back wall that to me seemed random and to have little connection to what the dancers were doing. I can't give it two stars because the dancers were so talented, but I can't give it four stars because it was the first Fringe show I've seen (and I've seen about 25) where I had an urge to check my phone to see how much longer the show would go.


by Liz Blank on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 28 shows

I love all of Tamara Ober’s productions. They are must sees for me and perhaps for you too after you begin experience what there is and what will develop for you months and years after just 1 performance.

Beautiful to watch and listen to!

by Scotty Gunderson on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Amazingly beautiful sound scape and gorgeous video design. In love with the ethereal connection between Leslie's solo and the overly bright projection directly behind her. Also, the use of leather was really smart, and it made real the human costs of war and aggression. Beautiful and connected movement by the cast. One particular moment that stands out is the duet between Timmy and Leslie enacting positions of violence and warfare as positioned by Dustin. Well done!

Of Something Human

by Tim Wagner on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

A mesmerizing performance that grabs you from start to finish. A must see!

tears and I don't know why...

by Nicole Wilder on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 15 shows

This show paints beautiful pictures in so many ways...I loved the use of projection, and the soundscape was immersive and fully supported the movement the performers were exploring. I think my favorite thing was the amount of trust the dancers clearly felt for one another. It was an honor to share in that as an audience member.


by Linda Johnson on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Talented dancers. Less time rolling on floor with more that shows dancing would have made it better. Background was annoying during Leslie solo

Cast and crew

Leslie O'Neill


Leslie O’Neill has danced with Zenon since 2006. She began her formal training at age 18 at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay in 1998, and was a founding member of Black Label Movement from 2005-2009. Leslie has earned recognition for her performance with a Sage Award Nomination in 2009, and a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers in 2010. She has also received support from the Red Eye Theater, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Jerome Foundation in conjunction with the Walker Art Center for her choreography, most recently featured as part of the Momentum Series at the Southern Theater.

Timmy Wagner


Timmy Wagner is a performing artist compelled by the way dance uncovers connection to self and other. A rural Minnesota native and St. Olaf graduate, he currently performs with ARENA Dances, Body Cartography Project, and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and has performed the works of Jennifer Arave, Flying Foot Forum, Rosy Simas, and Vanessa Voskuil, among others. He has presented performance work at Bryant Lake Bowl and Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Art Center. He practices and teaches Contact Improvisation and is currently organizing Hydrogen, a platform for the ongoing investigation of CI’s role in the Twin Cities' dance community.

Dustin Haug


Dustin Haug earned a BA in Visual Art from St. Olaf College in 2000, and moved to Seattle, WA after graduation where he worked with KT Niehoff's lingo dancetheater, 2002-07. He moved to Minneapolis, and has shown his work at The Walker's Choreographers' Evening (2008), Zenon's Dance Zone (2008, 2011, 2012), Choreographers' Evening at the Ritz (2009), Bryant Lake Bowl (2010), and SPCPA's Evening of Dance (2012).  He has worked with Body Cartography Project (2009), Rosy Simas Danse (2010), Patrick Scully (2014), Chris Schlicting (2013), and joined Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES in 2013. Dustin worked with McKnight International Choreographic Fellowship Artist Johan Amselem to create Bon Appetite (2012), which toured to Bogota, Colombia and Paris, France after premiering in Minneapolis. Dustin has taught modern dance and contact improvisation at Zenon Dance School since 2008; dance, chemistry, and physics at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists from 2008 to 2013; and contact improvisation at the West Coast CI Festival (2009 - 2011), Great Lakes Area CI Enthusiasts Retreat (2008 - 2011), Earthdance (2010 and 2011), and the Freiburg, Germany CI festival (2011).

Tamara Ober


Tamara Ober is a dancer, choreographer, and multidisciplinary creator based in Minneapolis. She has received Sage Award Nominations for Performance, Performer, and Design (2012) and has been presented in Red Eye’s Isolated Acts (2013) with solo show, Sin Eater. Ober’s critically acclaimed multidisciplinary solo show, Pipa toured across the U.S., Canada, and to Budapest, and received Montreal Fringe’s first-runner-up Centaur Award (2009), City Pages Best Artist (2009), Minneapolis Sage Award for Outstanding Performer (2010), and Metro Magazine’s Keeper Award (2011). 

Supported by the MacPhail Center for Music Artist grant (2012), the Spotlight Series (2012), and the American Composer’s Forum Live Music for Dance MN grant (2013), Ober, composer/musician Julie Johnson, and New York filmmaker D.J. Mendel created a MN Fringe sellout, Standing on the Hollow. In 2015, Ober created an evening-length dance film for Johnson’s live music composition, Seasons of Time. She received a 2015 MRAC Next Step grant to create a new trio, premiering in June 2016.

Ober has served on panels, performed lecture/demonstrations, and workshops for various dance and theater educational institutions. She is Wonderlust Production's choreographer, and has collaborated on the NEA supported Veteran’s Play Project (2013), and the Adoption Play Project (2016).

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and BA in Sociology, Ober joined Zenon Dance Company in 2002 and has worked with over 40 emerging and world-renowned choreographers, touring to New York, Russia, Hungary, France, and Cuba. Tamara is the recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers 2013.

D.J. Mendel

video designer

D.J. Mendel (director/actor/writer) has worked with avant-garde theater-makers such as Richard Foreman, played featured roles in Hal Hartleyʼs films. He has directed Daniel Bernard Roumainʼs Symphony for the Dance Floor which had its New York premiere at BAMʼs Next Wave festival (2011), and since 2004 has directed all 5 of Cynthia Hopkins' musical theater plays, which have toured throughout the US and Europe. D.J. also works with singer Rosanne Cash, video designing and directing her last three tours. djmendel.net

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“Of Something Human”

This dance/film work is the explosion and collision of humanity through time and space, war and peace, order and chaos, as it strives to find cohesion and intimacy.

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