Category Archives: Past Event

The Pursuit of Awesome

Dates: Fri-Sat, Nov 17-18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $15, Fringe Button $12, Student $10
Ages: Recommended for Ages 10+
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

David Harris shares embarrassing stories, failures and advice in his pursuit of awesome. Featuring snow-shovel acrobatics, escapes, balances, stunts, upside-down juggling, dancing and other awesome antics.

David Harris performs new and unusual stories, stunts, and physical comedy. Why? Because it will be awesome! David always wanted to be awesome. In 1983, he tried to ride his Huffy bicycle up a tree. Had he made it to the top; it would have been awesome. In 1985, he took jazz dancing lessons at Colleen’s School of Dance. Why? Because he thought he signed up for Break Dancing lessons and that would have been awesome! In 2014, he learned how to balance a knife on his tongue. Why, because the path toward awesome is easily confused with the path toward being reckless and weird.

Through juggling stunts, snow-shovel acrobatics, and comic dancing, David shares his embarrassments, failures, and advice in the pursuit of awesome.

 

Life on a Stick: Everyday and Sublime Stories

Date/Times: Sun, Nov 19 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the Door
Ages: Recommended for Adults
Duration: 45 minutes
Note: This is an intimate show and seating is limited to 18 persons per performance.

Life on a Stick: Everyday and Sublime Stories
By Anita White

Drawing is how Anita navigates everyday moments with humor, philosophy and empathy. Her sketchbook is always open to document life’s fleeting moments. Everyday difficulties and hassles are the doorway to a humorous story. “Nothing is so scary you can’t draw it!”

These visual puppet shows are “drawn” from her everyday life. Pen and watercolor drawings are taped onto bamboo skewers or toothpicks and stuck into simple styrofoam stages.

The whimsical and philosophical puppet show she will share include:

  • A Compassionate Bank Teller
  • From Here to There and Back Again: A Winter Fantasy Getaway
  • A little sliver of Life on a Toothpick from the 60’s & 70’s
  • Fragrant Fun at The Minneapolis Impound Lot
  • Rumi Shadow Poems with Inner Meaning and Light

Following her presentation the audience will have a chance to create their own tiny “Life on a Toothpick Moments.” Materials are provided.

Deepest gratitude to Dreamland Arts for this opportunity to share old puppet shows in a new light.

 

Sketch Mythology

Dates: Fri Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 12, 2017 (dates/times vary; see full schedule)
Tickets: $20 General | $12 Students
Ages: This performance contains nudity. For audiences 18+
Duration: 90-120 minutes, including one intermission.

Matt Jenson presents
Sketch Mythology

Gods, goddesses, and fantastic creatures from Greek mythology abound in this performance that blends dance, theatre, and figure drawing. Choreographer, writer, and performer Matt Jenson will perform eight solos, each one as a different character from Greek mythology. After each solo, the house lights will come up and YOU get to sketch while Jenson poses as the character!

After the 70-minute performance, you will be able to do a more detailed drawing during a 25-minute pose. No previous drawing experience required, and paper and pencils will be provided. Visual artists are welcome to bring their own art supplies (pencils and pastels only, please).

Don’t remember much about the Minotaur? Never heard the story of Leda and the Swan? Who the heck is Ganymede? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Before the performance, you can stroll through a gallery that introduces you to the eight characters in Sketch Mythology. A brief synopsis of each myth will tell you all you need to enjoy the show. The characters will also be depicted in drawings, paintings, or photographs created by eight Twin Cities visual artists.

This performance contains nudity. For audiences 18+

Trigger warning: Please note that, as with most Greek myths, the stories included in this show are full of potentially distressing elements such as: sexual situations, abduction, rape, castration, infertility, violence, death, and grief.

Sketch Mythology was created by Matt Jenson in collaboration with many artists:
Choreographers/Directors: Nicole Hettwer, Leif Jurgensen, Marcia Keegan, and Laura Selle Virtucio
Composers: Joel Arpin, Marya Hart, Eric Jensen, and Michelle Kinney
Performers/Musicians: Lars Lee, Carley Olson, and Adam Zahller
Writer/Dramaturg: Linda Shapiro
Lighting Design: Mike Grogan
Puppets/Masks: Andrew Jenson
Costumes: Lucy Hinton
Makeup/Wigs: Britt Katuin
Figure Modeling Coach: Lisa Pfeiffer
Pre-performance Gallery Visual Artists: Jonathan Aller, Emily Barton, Robert Borman, Peter Ganapes, Dona Kos, Matt Linz, Don Thomas, and V. Paul Virtucio

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

Sun, Oct 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $5 (stuffed animals get in for free)

The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

The stuffed animals, with the help of the kids, have fun on Halloween! Kids are invited to wear costumes and bring their stuffed animals in costumes too! Stuffed animals go Trick-or Treating, enjoy a hay ride and find a mystery haunted house!!

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

COMING UP

Sun, Dec 17 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal HOLIDAY Show

Sun, Jan 28 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show

Sun, Mar 25 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show

(ten)acity / Fabricated Image / Pulse

Dates: Mon-Wed, Oct 23-25 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Advance Purchase $15 General | $10 Students | $5 Children under Age 15
*At the door: $20 General | $15 Students | $5 Children under Age 15
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration: 75-90 minutes (including an intermission)

Rebecca Tanner and Michael Lynch present
(ten)acity / Fabricated Image / Pulse
a dance concert

Rebecca Tanner is a senior at the University of Minnesota working on her senior project. Rebecca will be presenting two new dance works exploring how individual personalities, movement styles, and experiences can come together to co-exist with each other in space through rigorous dynamic movement. The goal of her senior project is to experience what it is like to be a professional choreographer in a setting that is outside of the University of Minnesota.

Michael Lynch is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He is establishing himself as a professional choreographer of his dance company, Paper Crown Dance. He will be presenting his latest full length work, Pulse, a dance focusing on a singular queer experience and how it is affected by the community they are surrounded by. It is his hope to present this work in a more intimate space to welcome the audience more into the piece.