Aug 9, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Dust" by Core Project Chicago
Amber Davis enjoyed the excerpts from Core Project Chicago's thought-provoking interdisciplinary movement piece exploring the entanglements of Death, Fate, Memory and Man.
Aug 9, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: “Identity" by Threads Dance Project
Camille LeFevre says this young dance troupe performs sometimes unsteadily, but with conviction: "The intention is laudable. The choreography and its execution are still in process."
Aug 8, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Bodacious Beauties" by Eileen Rosensteel
Amber Davis was intrigued by Eileen Rosensteel's turn-of-the-20th century piece on sideshows and sizeism, and though the premise is promising, the script lacks the nuanced storytelling that would have made its message more resonant for modern audiences.
Aug 7, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Ivory Tower Burning" by Jay Gabler
Before serving as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Jay Gabler received a doctorate in sociology from Harvard, an education he puts to fine use in his thought-provoking Fringe Festival debut, "Ivory Tower Burning," says Camille LeFevre.
Aug 6, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Voices of Action: Women in Performance"
Actor and stage manager Amber Davis is a new addition to mnartists.org Fringe team. First up: she recommends a thoughtful assortment of dance works featuring Taja Will, Elizabeth June Bergman, Lynn Andrews and Krista DeNio.
Aug 12, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "Longing for Qeej" by Iny Asian Dance Theatre
Lightsey says you should go see "Longing for Qeej" - not for the usual "cultural blahblah" reasons - but for the glitter and incandescent smiles, and to encourage more working in these dance forms to make forays outside specifically Asian audiences.
Aug 10, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "The 612" by Rogues Gallery Arts
Christy DeSmith had high hopes for this show after seeing the cheeky, local-music themed marketing postcard. While she liked "The 612" fine, it didn't quite live up to her expectations.
Aug 10, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Attic Room" by RE/Dance Group
Camille LeFevre raves, "After years of watching dance at Fringe and writing aimed at encouraging the almost-there, it's a joy to discover a fully-formed show that, even in its youthful vigor, engages the intellect and resonates with the heart and spirit."
Aug 8, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "Flesh" by Present State Movement
Lightsey Darst reviews one of this year's most buzzed-about Fringe performances, "Flesh" by Present State Movement: five solos by five stellar Twin Cities dancers: Tamara Ober, Leslie O'Neill, Laura Selle Virtucio, Nic Lincoln, and Amy Behm-Thomson).
Aug 6, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "Grim Walks Tonight" by Rainy Day Cabaret
As happens at the Fringe, Camille LeFevre caught a show she'd not put in her itinerary, while waiting for another to begin. She found Rainy Day Cabaret's "Grim Walks Tonight" to be an intriguing, if not quite fully realized big-ideas dance production.