Disability Takes Center Stage at this Year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is already pretty incredible, but this year they are elevating the eleven day (August 2nd-12th) performing arts festival to a whole new level by making it one of the most accessible and disability-friendly event possible! Not only are they providing audio descriptions of  each show taking place, but they are also providing ASL interpreting for fourteen of the shows taking place. That’s not all, in addition to making the event accessible to those with disabilities,  they are also showcasing some groundbreaking performances created and performed by individuals with a variety of disabilities.  Here are a few standout performances that we are intrigued by:

 “Silence”

A Deaf musical that examines the gap between hearing and Deaf cultures and how shared interest, romance, and tragedy bridge that gap (hearing and Deaf accessible). It will be performed at the U of M Rarig Center 330 21st Av S, Main Floor tonight at 10:00, Sunday the 5th at 4:00, Thursday Aug 9th at 8:30pm, Friday Aug 10th at 5:30 and Sat the 11th at 10:00pm.

Chorus: Voices After the Silence

Stand in community across difference with writers and performers doing original storytelling, writing, and spoken word about sexual violence and its aftermath. Distinct perspectives revel in survival.

Join writer and performer Alison Bergblom Johnson, fringe-favorite Amy Salloway, novelist Anya Achtenberg, writer Christine Stark, hip-hop artist Guante, journalist and writer Katherine Glover, and storyteller Nancy Donoval.

Not Dead Yet! The Return of Mr. Elk & Mr. Seal!

The A Capella Animals with snappy patter, funny songs, goofy moves and sweet harmonies. Seen on MTV, Comedy Central, Garrison Keillor’s radio show. Some whistling- no dogs allowed. Kids love it; they are tough!

The Family Man’s Talk Show:

Sean has been putting on “the family man’s talk show hour” in his loft in St. Paul for the past year and a half. His nieghbors are the audience and local artists are the guests! Come one come all to Fringe!

The Employment Team at Community Involvement Programs is excited to also highlight a performance which features one of our very own Community Support Specialists, Sally Murphy! Sally is a part of the Ray Terrill Dance Group and they will be performing “Between”-a showcase of contemporary dance inspired by the artist Mark Rothko (sounds so cool!). Her performances are at Intermedia Arts in Uptown (2822 Lyndale Ave S) tonight at 5:30, tomorrow at 4:00, Monday at 10:00, Friday, August 10th at 7:00pm and Saturday Aug 11th at 4:00. Check out www.fringefestival.org to purchase tickets. Hope you will have the opportunity to attend a few of these notable artists’ creations and experience the arts and accessibility at its finest. See you at the Fringe Festival!

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