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2023 Beyond the Box Artists

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
  • Wednesday, June 14 -Noon
  • Wednesday, June 21- Noon

Groove On: Jazz Dance with Rhythmically Speaking! is an interactive performance that welcomes people to learn about and move through how groove, interaction and improvisation inspire jazz music and dance. 

Rhythmically Speaking is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit dance organization with a mission to spark vibrancy and connectedness through performance and outreach work inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas. Our creative work emphasizes the concepts of groove, interaction and improvisation and is driven by classic and contemporary jazz music alike. 

Performing at Xcel Energy Plaza
  • Wednesday, June 28 - Noon
  • Wednesday, July 5 - Noon
We just can't stop talking about the weather! 

Whether We Will Weather the Weather is a theatrical performance filled with  flags, buckets, umbrellas, cardboard props,  lots of luggage, and a song about the weather. With music and humor, zAmya troupe and friends play out the not-so- funny intersection of climate change catastrophes and homelessness. (Got some change?)

zAmya Theater Project uses the powerful combination of lived experiences and artistic expression to inspire our communities to work for housing justice for all. We envision empowered and interconnected communities that stop staring and start seeing, and change the systems that dehumanize us.

Performing at Xcel Energy Plaza
  • Wednesday, July 12 -Noon
  • Wednesday, July 19 - Noon
Join The Sonoglyph Collective as they create a spontaneous street oratorio, featuring poems, stories, and songs written from a variety of perspectives on the themes of hope, renewal, and the strength of community amid the challenges of urban life, supported and enhanced by improvised music woven contrapuntally throughout the readings.
The Sonoglyph Collective fuses poetry, singing, storytelling, and spoken word with improvisational music in unique, spontaneous performances. They are a linguistically, culturally, and racially mixed group who draw on a variety of influences, including the West African griot tradition, the epic Finnish folk-poetry of the Kalevala, Irish sean-nós singing, torch songs, American blues, classic rock, and free jazz.

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