Performances

Free Performance Dec. 19 at Community Place Senior Center

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, BIODANCE will complete its 12 for 12 project with a free performance for some of their favorite audience members – the senior citizens at Community Place of Greater Rochester!  This free performance will start at 10:45am and will feature works from the 2019 work, Aria, along with other BIODANCE repertory.  Taking the place of BIODANCE’s regular limited mobility (in chairs) weekly dance class, the full company will perform on site for its friends at Community Place.  We are excited.  Limited space will allow for some outside guests.  Please email [email protected] for directions to get to the Center on the 3rd floor of 145 Parsells Ave.

Wish us luck!  We are excited!

This event is supported by a decentralization grant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and Livingston Arts, a member-supported organization, as well as by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and the Gouvernet Arts Fund.

Source of Light – VSW residency/First Friday Dec. 7

BIODANCE, fivebyfive and video artist Josh Thorson receive month-long artist residency at Visual Studies Workshop!

Residency will culminate in a public performance on First Friday, December 7

As a tribute to composer, vocalist, dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Meredith Monk, the quintet fivebyfive will pair up with artist Josh Thorson and choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith/BIODANCE to explore Monk’s music visually through movement and video. This collaboration will explore three mediums in which Monk herself actively works: music, film and choreography/dance.

Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk’s work thrives at weaving together new modes of perception. Accepting the Gish Prize, Monk said “art can be a healing force and a source of light during dark times.”

The project will combine music arranged for fivebyfive by the quintet’s bassist Eric Polenik, with visuals and movement that will be developed over the four-week residency, Nov. 5 – Dec. 8, 2018. The residency will culminate in a performance on December 7, 2018, and the group return to the collaborative work in future performances.

fivebyfive’s mission is to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, bass and piano.

Missy Pfohl Smith (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer) is the founder and Artistic Director of BIODANCE, a non-profit contemporary dance company based in Rochester, and the Director of the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Movement. Smith enjoys collaborating with multi-disciplinary artists in music, visual art, sculpture, film and technology.

Josh Thorson is an artist, writer, and designer. In 2018, he will design the projections for a production of Oklahoma! at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and continue his collaboration on a new opera with composer Nick Hallett. Thorson is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art in the Photo School at RIT.

Source of Light by fivebyfive, Missy Pfohl Smith and Josh Thorson

BIODANCE performs at Kinections June 18, 2018

Robin Wilt for Congress Party & Dance Performance in Neighborhood of the Arts

You are cordially invited!

Please join hosts Danielle Fraenkel, Jeffrey Mehr, and Wynette Vickers for a party that includes tasty Laughing Gull Chocolates and performances by both BIODANCE and KineoLab — all in support of Robin Wilt’s congressional candidacy! Robin is a dedicated progressive who will advocate for all the diverse communities of the 25th Congressional District.

We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to meet Robin and to listen as she shares her passionate perspective and answers some of your questions. Robin is a working mother, life-long activist, and community organizer–she is eager to meet and hear from you!

We will gather at Kinections, located at 718 University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts, on Monday, June 18th, from 7:00 -9:00 PM. The entrance to Kinections is next to Writers & Books, facing Atlantic Avenue. You will know you are there when you see the yellow canopy.

KineoLab and BIODANCE will each share a dance performance highlighting one of the social justice issues Robin plans to address once she is elected! We’ll also have time to mingle and get to know one another over drinks, snacks, and chocolate served by Lindsay Tarnoff, Chief Chocolatier of Laughing Gull Chocolates.

BIODANCE, under the artistic direction of Missy Pfohl Smith, has been creating and rehearsing at Kinections for more than a decade. All five of the original dancers in “Possible Side Effects,” choreographed and costumed by Jeanne Schickler Compisi, will perform. Created in 2016 as part of the BIO/Dance and Social Justice Project, the piece addresses some troubling issues with the pharmaceutical industry and the roles drugs play in today’s society.

Jeffrey and Danielle will tell you they are working to help Robin become our next congressperson, and why they believe Robin is the only candidate who will represent our district with the combined intelligence and compassion that characterized Louise Slaughter’s tenure.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Robin’s positions, to become a volunteer, to make a donation, to take a photo with the candidate, and to pick up campaign literature.

Robin looks forward to meeting you!

www.wiltforcongress.com

The primary is coming up fast on June 26th! Check your polling place and voter registration here: https://www.monroecounty.gov/etc/voter/

Can’t make it to the event?
Donate today: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wilt-for-congress

Become a volunteer: https://www.wiltforcongress.com/take-action/

Learn more about our performers and hosts!

BIODANCE: http://www.biodance.org/

KineoLab: https://www.kineolab.org/

Laughing Gull Chocolates: http://www.laughinggullchocolates.com/

Kinections: http://www.kinections.com/

Dances at MUCCC June 16, 20 & 22, 2018

BIODANCE will share various works in Dances at MuCCC, a festival of contemporary dance featuring local, regional, and visiting artists, on June 16, 20 and 23 at 8pm at Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (142 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY).

Saturday June 16 @ 8 PM
Making Choices, Making Change, presented by Artists Coalition for Change Together (ACCT), offers work by artists who seek to create positive social change. In addition, Artists Coalition for Change Together offers a workshop on Saturday June 16 from a 10 AM – 2 PM.

Wednesday and Friday June 20 and June 22 @ 8 PM

Dances at MuCCC returns for its fifth year, June 13 – 23, doubling in length and offering ten performances by nearly 30 different choreographers and companies. Tickets are $8 in advance at www.muccc.org, $10 at the door or $8 for students and seniors.

For further information on performances, classes and tickets, please visit www.muccc.org.

Dances at MuCCC is coordinated by Laurie MacFarlane and Ruben Ornelas in conjunction with MuCCC Theater.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, a member supported organization.

12TH ANNIVERSARY Concerts May 17-19!

Celebrate BIODANCE’s 12th Anniversary at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage on May 17-20, 2018.

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 7.46.54 PMTICKETS on sale now for BIODANCE friends! Follow this link for the best prices and seats for the BIODANCE 12th Anniversary Season at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage May 17-19, 2018! BIODANCE celebrates with highlights from its dozen years as a Rochester community-based company. Repertory will include a BIODANCE premiere by Missy Pfohl Smith with motion capture imaging by W. Michelle Harris and music composed by Garret Reynolds, a reprise of excerpts of “Solo/Countersolo” by NYC-based choreographer Heidi Latsky, “Possible Side Effects” by local choreographer and BIODANCER Jeanne Schickler Compisi, and other favorites from the company’s repertory.

Scent of Spring – Nowruz Performance March 17

Scent of Spring Performance – March 17, 2pm, St. John Fisher College

On March 17, 2018, BIODANCE tries something new as we learn about new cultures and fascinating places in the world. We will premiere a new collaborative work with Shahin Monshipour as part of InterCulture and Arts Network’s Celebration of the Persian New Year/Nowruz at St. John Fisher College at 2-5PM. The event is free and takes place in the Cleary Auditorium. Come celebrate the rebirth of spring, gifts of nature, and unity of humankind.

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Press coverage: http://classical915.org/post/hugging-goat-getting-persian-bagpipes

Busherhi Dance/Hele Mali 

Collaboratively Choreographed by Shahin Monshipour and Missy Pfohl Smith, with duet by N’Jelle Gage and Guy Thorne

Music by Rastak Ensemble

Costumes by Shahin Monshipour

Performed by BIODANCE: Sarah Dearstyne, Sarah Johnson, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, Alaina Olivieri, Jean Michael Rubingu, Missy Pfohl Smith

“Our performers are talented individuals who aim at bringing us together to strengthen our human bonds through the medium of dance and expressive movements. They work with a passion for learning new and innovating techniques in performing of different genres of dance within their cultural contexts.” – Shahin Monshipour

 

12th Anniversary Concert – May 17-19, 2018

Save the Date to celebrate BIODANCE’s 12th Anniversary at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage on May 17-20, 2018.

SPECIAL VIP PRE-SALE TICKETS on sale now for BIODANCE friends! Follow this link for the best prices and seats for the BIODANCE 12th Anniversary Season at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage May 17-19, 2018! BIODANCE celebrates with highlights from its dozen years as a Rochester community-based company. Repertory will include a BIODANCE premiere by Missy Pfohl Smith with motion capture imaging by W. Michelle Harris and music composed by Garret Reynolds, a reprise of excerpts of “Solo/Countersolo” by NYC-based choreographer Heidi Latsky, “Possible Side Effects” by local choreographer and BIODANCER Jeanne Schickler Compisi, and other favorites from the company’s repertory.

BIODANCE donates performance for Art of Lawyering

On Thursday, Oct. 19, BIODANCE is honored to perform for a Benefit entitled The Art of Lawyering at Village Gate in Rochester, NY.  This event also holds a silent auction to benefit Volunteer Legal Services Project. The group was created to supplement the efforts of the two legal service agencies in the community: Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. The two agencies had never been able to fully meet the needs of the low-income community for free legal assistance and VLSP was created to call upon members of the private bar in Monroe County for pro bono work to help people in need of legal assistance.

LABYRINTH at KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival 2017

BIODANCE Sold Out the Premiere of the All-New Show “Labyrinth” at Strasenburgh Planetarium

“The highly anticipated Sunday night premiere of “Labyrinth” at RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium did not disappoint.”

— Rochester City News Review by Rebecca Rafferty here.

 

ROCHESTER, NY— Choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith, director of BIODANCE, and video artist W. Michelle Harris return to the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium for an all new work, “Labyrinth,” created for the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. The same artistic collaboration produced the sold-out phenomenon “Anomaly,” presented at the Planetarium as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival in 2013 and 2016, called ” …a brilliantly crafted world of beauty, melody and calmness” by City News. Labyrinth is not your typical dance or music concert, nor is it your typical visit to the planetarium, it is something entirely new, imaginative and immersive.

Photo by W. Michelle Harris

Photo by W. Michelle Harris

Joining the expressive performers of BIODANCE, including Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Sarah Dearstyne, Sarah Johnson, Natalia Lisina, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, Laura M. Regna, Julie Schlafer Rossette, Jean Michael Rubingu, and Missy Pfohl Smith, is W. Michelle Harris with live cinematic mix. Live music performance by Emlyn Johnson (flute), Zach Stern (saxophone(s)) and Henry Myers (cello), with advising from conductor Eric Laprade, all from Eastman School of Music, and the young vocal talent of Lyric Voices under the direction of Vince Salvadge will round out this large scale collaboration. Stanzi Vaubel, the site-specific visual and performance artist who is also an accomplished cellist, is joining the team of creatives, alongside costume designer Jennifer Rubens.
Pfohl Smith says “The Planetarium has nooks and crannies yet to be explored. The scale of this collaboration is thrilling for all of us, and this coming together of different perspectives is what makes hope possible in the maze of our world. I am astounded by the new ways in which we have been able to play in one of the most intriguing venues in Rochester.”

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Photo by W. Michelle Harris

“Missy and Michelle consider the Planetarium environment with fresh eyes and ears and create work that makes the Star Theater’s unique capabilities an integral part of the artistic product,” says Steve Fentress, Planetarium Director at RMSC. “An innovative and highly professional production like this keeps Rochester’s Planetarium on the cutting edge. We are proud to be a part of this new creation for 2017.”

BIODANCE sold out four of the five performances (with only 20 seats left for the entire run) of “Labyrinth,” Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 21 at 6pm each day.  Tickets were $12, available at http://rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows/labyrinth.

Phone: (585)-201-1002

BIODANCE Social Media: facebook.com/BIODANCE1 and Twitter: @BIODANCE1

NOTE TO MEDIA: Interviews and photos are available upon request.

BIODANCE is a Rochester-based repertory dance company under the direction of Missy Pfohl Smith, who also directs the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester. BIODANCE collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists, such at W. Michelle Harris, an Associate Professor in Interactive Games and Media at RIT. BIODANCE made their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017 to sold out houses, and has shared its work nationally and internationally. Visit Biodance.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Instagram.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit RMSC.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. 

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