Fringe 2014 at Geva: BIODANCE Brings the Work of International Choreographers to Fringe

anomaly-rochester-fringe-schlia-012-ZF-7555-82716-1-0011-580x386For the 3rd consecutive year, the Fielding Nextstage will be the venue for Geva’s line-up of shows for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. One of the groups performing in the Nextstage will be BIODANCE, one of Rochester’s most dynamic dance companies. BIODANCE has performed in the Nextstage on numerous occasions, and the theatre is delighted to welcome them back as one of several groups taking part in the Fringe.

BIODANCE was a smash hit at last year’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival with ANOMALY. This year’s show features the work of seven national and internationally known choreographers, for a selection of pieces that have been brought together especially for the 2014 Fringe.  All ages will be inspired by cutting edge choreography and expert performance.

This is Rochester’s only contemporary dance repertory company bringing repertory from world-renowned choreographers Heidi Latsky, Bill Evans, Missy Pfohl Smith, Ivy Baldwin, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Eran Hanlon and Courtney World all together in one show!

“BIODANCE is honored to share the innovative work of these current dance icons,” says Artistic Director Missy Pfohl Smith.  “The work challenges the dancers’ versatility and virtuosity and it has been invigorating for us to embody such diverse voices.  Our audiences, too, have been thrilled by the new direction the company has taken over the past couple of years.”  It is through the support of The Rochester Community Foundation and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and administered by the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, that this is possible.  Audiences will also witness the stunning artistry of BIODANCE performers Allie Alletto, Ellen Tomer Baker,  Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Kathy Diehl, Christopher Morrison, Alaina Olivieri, Laura Regna, Julia Schlafer Rossette, Missy Pfohl Smith and Stuart Tsubota.

Smith will premiere a new work she created this summer in Corfu, Greece.  Peace Offering is a solo shared as a wish for peace in the world, an invitation to find an internal calm so that we can listen to and communicate with one another, crossing boundaries of place, race, socio-economic status and religion, and finding a quiet and honest celebration of difference.

Though Rochester said goodbye this summer to Rochester dance legend Bill Evans (he relocated to Rhode Island), his work will remain in the repertory of Rochester-based company BIODANCE.  The company will reprise Scherzo, an original work created for the BIODANCE by Evans in 2012 to the music of Brahms.

Former Bill T. Jones soloist Heidi Latsky, known internationally for her work with differently abled dancers, also set excerpts of her critically acclaimed Solo Countersolo on the company.  Heidi has garnered awards and commissions throughout the world and is the first choreographer selected to participate in the Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University project, underwritten by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ivy Baldwin and Jeanne Schickler Compisi created a wild duet, Trapped at Tea, which will be performed by Compisi and Missy Pfohl Smith. Baldwin was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography.

BIODANCE will perform in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival on:
Sept 24 at 7:30pm
Sept 25 at 6pm
Sept 27 at 4pm

In the Geva Theatre Center Nextstage. 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607

$12 (General Admission)/$8 (Students with ID)

Tickets: www.rochesterfringe.com or (585) 371-5017 (fees apply)

Follow and learn more about BIODANCE and the choreographers:
http://www.biodance.org
http://www.billevansdance.org
http://heidilatskydance.com
http://ivybaldwindance.org
http://www.hanlondanceandcompany.com

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