Weekend Picks: Theater galore, with Fringe Fest, zAmya’s Second Chance and Pangea’s Life Born of Fire

Get ready for the unexpected when the Minnesota Fringe Festival returns to the Twin Cities this week. The best thing about the Fringe is the amount of unknowns that the festival features. Other theatrical enticements this week include a return of zAmya Theater Project’s “Second Chance” and a ritual performance put together by Pangea World Theatre. Also check out The Morning Dip at the Swedish festival for your weekend tips for some early morning swim inspiration. For your dose of reggae, head to a new festival in Bloomington. And on Friday it’s off to Rosalux for some dark beauty.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

Let the games begin. Or plays, depending. Dancing, juggling, music, storytelling, spoken word and anything else you can think of. Yes, Fringe is back, with all its surprises and delights. You never know which shows will generate that buzz, but you can be an active participant by writing audience reviews and hashtagging favorite shows. There’s a play called Swim Team based on a short story by Miranda July that’s going to look pretty awesome. Gabriel Mata also returns alongside Adrian Gaston Garcia with a dance piece about queerness and Mexican-American identity with Joteria: Our Untold Stories… that should be captivating. And Fringe favorites Saath-MN are back with a new show you won’t want to miss – Desi Heart Crust. The festival runs from August 4th to 14th at various locations ($15 per show, 10-show passes $110, 5-show passes $65). More information here.

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zAmya Theater Project: Second Chance

You have a second chance to see Second Chance from zAmya Theater Project, a company that makes shows performed and co-created by people affected by homelessness. In 2018, the actors collaborated with director Maren Ward, playwright Carlyle Brown, assistant directors Bianca Pettis and Esther Ouray, and choreographer Leah Nelson on a play influenced by Theater of the Oppressed. It explored the idea of ​​a second chance for the homeless and was performed in the Minneapolis Central Library Amphitheater.

Photo by Bruce Silcox

“Second Chance” by zAmya Theater Project

Now zAmya is breaking the fourth wall on a three-location tour beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 4 at the Mill City Museum in the Ruin Courtyard, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at the Target Field Station Amphitheater and performs at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, at the Street Art Festival in downtown Minneapolis at the Nicollet Mall (free, registration recommended for Wednesday and Thursday performances). More information here.

“The Morning Bath: Photography by Peggy Anderson”

Photographer Peggy Anderson turns her lens on a community of people in the coastal village of Torekov, Sweden, in the southern province of Skane. Once known as a fishing village, the white sandy beaches and 70’s summer weather have transformed the place into a holiday destination where many locals also go swimming in their bathrobes every day. Anderson’s portraits capture the colorful robes worn by swimmers as they make their way to and from their swim spot. Examining the notion of ritual through cultural and health practice, the photographs offer a snapshot of a community of people with all their differences and a shared sense of heritage. On view through October 30th at the American Swedish Institute ($12). More information here.

A sample image of Life Born of Fire.

Pangea World Theater

A sample image of Life Born of Fire.

“Life Born of Fire”

Meena Natarajan, Executive and Co-Artistic Director of Pangea World Theatre, collaborated with Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe to create and conceive a ritualistic performance filled with music, song, poetry and movement. The work comes from story circles the company has run for the past two years and is directed by Co-Artistic Director Dipankar Mukherjee. Sayge Carroll created ceramic works for the project. The play’s subtitle, “An Ensemble Created Ritual Performance for these Tender & Dangerous Times,” speaks of a healing moment, two and a half years after COVID-19, and as the community continues to mourn and heal from the uprisings and riots Room to offer 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. 7pm Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th August outside of Moon Palace Books (free). More information here.

International reggae all-stars at the On the One Music Festival

The city of Bloomington launched a new music festival called On the One in late July, featuring R&B, neo-soul, reggae, afrobeat, conscious hip-hop music and spoken word, put together by multi-talented Chadwick “Niles” Phillips of Vanguard, LLC. This Friday’s shindig sees the International Reggae All-Stars headlining, with Nick Chirch, Joe Davis and Breen Turner among the other acts. It is part of Bloomington’s ongoing Friday Night Live series. Food and beer vendors will be on site – plan to bring a chair or blanket. (free). 6-10pm Friday, August 5 at the Normandale Lake Bandshell (free). More information here.

Amelie Biewald

“Your Flower Girl”, watercolor on laid paper on wood, 8 x 10 in

Amelia Biewald: “Black Tongue”

Adorable macabre dolls, strange flights of fancy and whims with a dark twist are on the agenda at Rosalux for the opening of “Black Tongue” with works by Amelia Biewald. With narrative and edgy humor, Biewald brings a bold, feminist flair to a variety of forms including colourful, flowing drawings and rugged sculptures, using kitty collectibles as inspiration. The opening reception will be held on Saturday 10 August from 7pm to 10pm at the Rosalux Gallery (free of charge). The exhibition runs until August 8th. More information can be found here.

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