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2022 Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box, a collaboration between Minnesota Fringe, Vibrant and Safe Downtown and the Downtown Improvement District, is an artist incubation opportunity in public, outdoor performance. Six performances (30-50 minutes) from three selected artists will be designed to engage the diverse audiences of downtown Minneapolis and celebrate the reanimation, renewal, and changing relationship to public spaces and take place at Xcel Energy Plaza on Nicollet Avenue

Artists and Performance Times


Artist Information
Performing at Xcel Energy Plaza
  • Thursday, August 4 - 4pm
  • Thursday, August 18 - Noon
Building on previous performances in downtown Minneapolis during summer 2021 entitled Spring, MIRAGE is creating Summer which evolves ideas using themed classical music, costume, and original ballet choreography featuring Jesse Nummelin on cello, Dr. Rie Tanaka on piano, and ballet dancer Yuki Tokuda. MIRAGE Performing Arts focuses on creating a new, authentic expression of classical music and ballet through innovative collaboration, programing, and choreography with a primary goal to spread joy and hope through the arts.
Performing at Xcel Energy Plaza
  • Thursday, June 2 - 4pm
  • Thursday, June 16 - Noon

Wounded Healers is an original spoken-word play and historical chronology of how Black bodies physically carry neurological trauma due to structural and systemic racism. The performance will demonstrate how, against all odds, from the inception of chattel slavery to present day, Black bodies have used creative expression to persist, survive, and heal. 

Dr. Timothy Berry received several awards as a composer including: Live Music for Dance award from the American Composer’s Forum and the Cultural Community Partnership Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He has performed as a singer, actor, and percussionist; including August Wilson's Fences, and Black Nativity with Penumbra Theater, and La Boheme with the Minnesota Opera. He has also performed with Grammy Award winner Larnelle Harris. Dr. Berry records in several music genres (R&B, Gospel, Roots Rock) including his Soul Drums series, which stems from West African, Afro-Cuban, and African American music traditions.

Performing at Xcel Energy Plaza
  • Thursday, July 7 - 4pm
  • Thursday, July 21 - Noon
This performance is designed to motivate the love of music to diverse Minnesotan audiences. Four traditional Vietnamese instruments demonstrate a unique fusion between Asian and Western music.

Thi Vu was born to a traditional music family in Vietnam and studied music at Music Conservatory of Saigon, Vietnam. She specializes in performance of four instruments: Dan Tranh zither, Dan Bau monochord, Dan Tam Thap Luc dulcimer, and Dan T'rung bamboo xylophone. As a professional musician, she has performed widely in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. 

In 2018, Thi Vu immigrated to Minnesota and founded the Vietnamese Traditional Music of Minnesota (VTMM), a non-profit organization that promotes and enriches the culture of Vietnam through music and art.

This project is a partnership with Vibrant and Safe Downtown and the Downtown Improvement District.
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