Apple Valley director brings ‘Medusa’ back to the Fringe

“Medusa” will be presented in seven shows at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and 9-12 at Logan Park, 680 13th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis.

Kristin Freya, an Apple Valley-based director who leads the Vox Medusa dance company, will bring the production of “Medusa” back to the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

“Medusa” was previously presented to sold-out houses in the 2017 Fringe, receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics. Due to the nature of the story of this Greek mythological female powerhouse, “Medusa” was presented again in October 2017, as a tribute to National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Medusa’s full story is scarcely known beyond her vilified ending as a monster and destroyer of men. Vox Medusa dance company and Infiammati FireCircus join forces to honor the compelling myth of Medusa’s transformation from Athena’s loving and devoted priestess to demonized gorgon.

Infiammati spins fire to bring to life Medusa’s emotional state and the destruction of her innocence, while Vox Medusa unfolds her tale of sorrow and redemption. This story is retold by artists collaborating through contemporary dance, fire performance, a video projected set, and an original electronic music score accompanied by live vocalists.

Freya said “Medusa” is an incredibly cathartic story for anyone who has experienced physical and/or emotional abuse, sexual assault and become the target of society’s mind-twisting, “Blame the victim,” excuse to avoid this universal horror.

She said although this story tugs at areas society would like to forget, it also beautifully portrays the strength it takes to reclaim the “self,” all while being presented in a way that is a visual/audible feast and acceptable viewing for all ages.

“Medusa” will be presented in seven shows at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and 9-12 at Logan Park, 680 13th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis.

For this outdoor spectacle at sunset, audiences should bring blankets or collapsible chairs for seating. Fringe Festival does not allow late seating, so plan to arrive early.

Tickets: https://www.minnesotafringe.org.

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