For the 3rd consecutive year, the Fielding Nexstage will be the venue for Geva’s line-up of shows for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. MERGED returns to Geva Theatre Center after last year’s critically-acclaimed performances. This year, international choreographers Heather Roffe and James Hansen join forces with Buffalo’s Melanie Aceto for MERGED II.
MERGED II blends physically exciting dance, live music and theatrical lighting to produce a concert that is simultaneously thought-provoking to seasoned dance viewers and accessible to first-time audience members. The cutting edge choreography will be performed by Rochester’s most celebrated dancers and national guest artists from Arizona and Washington.
Heather Roffe has performed nationally and internationally with Garth Fagan Dance Company and nationally in her own work with Bill Evans Dance. She is also a collaborating director, performer and choreographer with Rochester’s critically-acclaimed FuturPointe Dance Company which regularly tours and performs across the country and abroad.
James Hansen had a 15-year career in NYC dancing with the Eglevsky Ballet and Sean Curran Dance Company. His choreography has received rave reviews and he has been produced by some of the most prestigious dance festivals including two years at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Melanie Aceto’s work has been performed internationally in Toronto, Guatemala and Germany, at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Buffalo’s renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penny Arts Center, and regularly in New York City in venues including the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Ailey Citigroup Theater.
MERGED II Performances at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival are:
September 20 at 9pm
September 21 at 7:30pm
September 24 at 6pm
in the Geva Theatre Center Nextstage
$12 (general admission)
Tickets: www.rochesterfringe.com or (585) 371-5017 (fees apply) or at the Geva Box Office, 1 hour before show time.