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Fringe Top 10 2008—#4: Joseph Bingham
by Matthew A. Everett • July 28, 2008 •
(The swans from "Swan Lake" and a flamingo (?!) appear, then cross offstage. Two hunters dance in pursuit with rifles drawn. This isn't going to end well...)
I enjoyed Joseph Bingham's 2007 dance show Conundrum so much, I saw it twice. If that's not a candidate for 2008's pre-Fringe Top 10, I don't know what is. So what's he up to this time? A double-header...
Single White Fringe Geek (and Mom) is the blog of Matthew A. Everett, one of five bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.
"A kaleidoscopic fusion of well-whipped dance, theatre and music spiced with surpise and parody. An eclectic experience that you'll need to see twice! A rehabbed version of the show you loved in 2007. Conundrum Rehabbed will feature two premieres of choreographed works, two new major parodies, and several faves from last years show. New interludes will keep the show flowing without those awkward pauses that involve the audience sitting in the dark while the dancers change costumes. Two of these interludes will include ballroom dances by the C-Street Dance Company"
and he's also part of Kari Jensen's
Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (Art is Long, Life Is Short)
"An eclectic, exciting mix of dance styles; classical, contemporary, jazz and ballroom. Art is long, life is short. Watch us celebrate our love of art and life!"
2007 - Conundrum
2008 - Conundrum Rehabbed
Can I blame him for going back to the same well twice? When the well's this amusing, and effective as entertainment? Not really. They were a big hit with their Fringe-For-All preview this year, and deservedly so (video clip here) It's more of the (most welcome) John Munger school of accessible, often very funny, but nonetheless graceful and beautiful, dance. Readers of this blog know I can't adequately describe dance moves by their proper names to save my life. But I know what I like. I know what moves me, and makes me laugh, and Bingham's work does both.
I rarely go back for seconds in theater. Last year's Conundrum was one of a small handful of notable exceptions. You can follow along on what's up next by visiting
Anything Bingham's involved in comes...
Very Highly Recommended
Entering his sixth year of blogging about the Minnesota Fringe Festival (and bringing Mom along for the ride as a guest reviewer), Matthew A. Everett is also a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at matthewaeverett.com.