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Fringe Festival

Arts on the Fringe

The University of Rochester is a founding partner in the annual Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival. The 2020 festival is virtual, from September 15 – 26.

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The University @ Rochester Fringe Festival 2020

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BIODANCE Home

BIODANCE presents collaborative dance and art in this collection of video shorts by the artists that have performed year-after-year at the Fringe. Premiering a new work with poetry by Lauren K. Alleyne, and media by W. Michelle Harris; and direction and choreography by Missy Pfohl Smith, with an additional premiere by Natalia Lisina. BIODANCE will bring the outdoors into your home – wherever in the world that may be. Smith serves as the director of both the Institute for the Performing Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement.

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Cobbs Hill Consort

The Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring Native American flute supported by the living sounds of harp, guitar, drums, and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging listeners in a journey of the heart. The group includes Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Sandy Gianniny (harp), both team members of UR Medicine Palliative Care. The Consort returns to the Rochester Fringe for its sixth year to share the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration.

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DEAFersity

DEAFersity!, an outlet for artistic expression, solidarity, and coming together as one community in our time of need. The group’s mission is to bring joy to the community, put smiles on the faces of those who watch from home, and support causes that are important to the community. The diverse group is a multidisciplinary showcase featuring dance, signed music, ASL storytelling, ASL poetry, and more. Performer Matthew Schwartz, is a graduate student at Warner School of Education.

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Don’t Know Jack

Don’t Know Jack is a solid, Western New York rock staple. The five-piece group has performed throughout Northeastern U.S. and brings a positive, fun rock show to life every time, combining original work with cover songs that almost everyone knows. Jack Baron ’83, is a performer.

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Mathematical Methods and Dance

Mathematical Methods is a collaboration project between Evolve Dynamicz Dance Collective and Boston University Chemistry Professor John Straub. The project is a choreographic research of the spatial dynamics of applied mathematics at the collegiate level. The members of Evolve are currently working with Professor Straub to both learn concepts of applied mathematics presented in his new text book, Mathematical Methods for Molecular Science, and to interpret them through movement and choreography. Nicole Zizzi ’14 performs.

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Rawring 20s XD

Rawring 20s XD is an original comedy routine written by rising standup comic Kandie Kramer ‘21. In this show, Kramer talks about the highs and lows of being 20 in 2020, including love, college life, being considered “quirky,” and finally not using a nightlight.

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St. John Fisher College Student Festival

The 2020 St. John Fisher College Student Film Festival presents the finest videos from the 2019-2020 academic year. This year's films include "Remote Dispute," an homage to silent comedies; and "Evanesce," an exploration of memory and madness. Produced by Department of Media and Communication currently chaired by Jeremy Sarachan ’91.

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Contemporary Musician’s Guide to Modern Love

Navigating dating in modern society is no easy task! Acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Jessica Ann Best, and Eastman virtuoso pianist, Yoshiko Arahata will take the audience for a thrilling and nerve-wracking journey of finding true love through contemporary art songs, musical scenes, and multi-media. Hilarious, relatable, hopeless, yet optimistic – audiences will surely enjoy these contemporary musicians’ take on the ever-fleeting pursuit of love. Featuring music by William Bolcom (Cabaret Songs), Jake Heggie (At the Statue of Venus), and more.

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Echoes of ‘64

During a three-day period from July 24-26, 1964 racial tensions exploded in Rochester. More than fifty years later, many questions of prejudice and inequality have gone unanswered and the scars are readily apparent in Paolo Pellegrin’s 2012 photographs of the inner city. Pellegrin’s images are added to historic news coverage and accompanied by music of Duke Ellington (who visited the Eastman School on August 6, only days after the unrest) and J.S. Bach. Produced by TableTopOpera, an ensemble of the Eastman School of Music.

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Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Virtual Style

Part chamber music group, part devised theatre company, part modern dance troupe and part circus act, The Fourth Wall blends music, theatre, dance, and acrobatics into a new hybrid art form. In its award-winning variety show Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Virtual Style, this trio of musicians creates new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets classic repertoire – all performed in an order chosen by the Zoom audience – to create a show that leaps off the screen. Hilary Abigana ‘06E is a performer.

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The Wonderland Series

Fall into Wonderland, where you’ll be guided by acting and singing violinist Shannon Reilly ‘16E MM. Experiencing Wonderland will forever change your perception of Lewis Carroll, as you encounter his alter ego Charles Dodgson, who uncovers secret obsessions with the apocalypse and corrupt governments. You’ll meet controlling flowers, anxious rabbits, and a mouse as self-righteous as Carroll himself. Composer-writer Anna Heflin has created an unparalleled universe in The Wonderland Series.

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Worlds Collide

Dave Rivello and Shawn Drogan present: Worlds Collide, a sonic journey encompassing modern jazz, electronic, experimental, and classical music elements. Award-winning composer Dave Rivello and drummer/producer Shawn Drogan perform an original piece composed specifically for the Fringe. This collaboration steps outside the box to perform something new and exciting using an ensemble of brass, woodwinds, synthesizers, and electro/acoustic drums. Analog and digital worlds collide to create a new sonic landscape. Rivello is assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary media; and director of the New Jazz Ensemble.

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Total Request LIVE [TRL]: Opera Edition!

ROCopera will shake things up with a homage to MTV’s classic music countdown. In true TRL fashion, ROCopera will reveal the most requested arias the night their virtual performance drops. Rochester alumni participate in the performances: Tyler Cassidy-Heacock ‘15E, Nicholas Kilkenny ‘14E (MM) 18E (DMA), Alex Kuczynski ‘14E, Lee Wright ‘03E, ‘18E, and faculty members Pablo Bustos and Juli Elliot.

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Upcoming events

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