Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bach Without Boundaries in Edinburgh Fringe’s 70th Anniversary


Missy Pfohl Smith (BIODANCE) and Bridget Kinneary (violist) brought their Bach Without Boundaries to  Edinburgh, Scotland Aug. 17 and 19, 2017 at Gallery 23 at 12:30pm, WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED SELL-OUT of both shows for their first appearance in the 70th Anniversary of Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The relationship between musician and dancer is turned on its head during this unique, intimate gallery performance of Bach Cello Suite No 4 by violist Bridget Kinneary and dancer/choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith (BIODANCE). Experience this classical work like never before, embodied by both performers and the audience alike. The show also features a premiere of Candle Dances with music by California composer Alan Terricciano, interspersed with playful stories of the development of the work and the relationship of the artists. New York, USA.

Gallery 23 is located on 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8HQ.

Tickets and information are available here:

Bach Without Boundaries first premiered in 2016 in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester, NY, marking the first iteration of this ongoing collaboration between Missy and Bridget.  It has also been performed at the Eastman School of Music and the Elwanger Estate.  The artists are thrilled to be premiering a new work, Candle Dances, in Edinburgh Fringe 2017, alongside Bach’s Cell Suite #4.

Photo by Ralph A. Thompson

Photo by Ralph A. Thompson

Premiering new work in Dances at MUCCC on June 20 and 21

BIODANCE will preview a new duet for Jean Michael Rubingu and Julie Schlafer Rossette choreographed by Missy Pfohl Smith on June 20 & 21, 2017, at Dances at MUCCC (Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, Atlantic Ave. Rochester NY).

Dances at MuCCC 2017 is coordinated by Laurie MacFarlane and Ruben Ornelas

June 20 – 24

A festival of contemporary dance by regional, national and international artists.

This year’s festival includes five nights of performance as well as open classes/workshops.

Tuesday, June 20 @ 8 PM includes: BIODANCE, Gina Bonati (NYC), Karsten Brooks (music), Valerie Carew (performance video, Canada), Donna Davenport, Laurie MacFarlane, Ruben Ornelas, Paula J. Peters, Zhonghui Sun

Wednesday June 21 @ 8 PM includes: BIODANCE, Gina Bonati (NYC), Carly Cerasuolo (NYC),  Marisa Garber, Hanlon Dance & Company, Leigh Ann Kabatra (NYC), Laurie MacFarlane, Katherine Marino, MaryLee Miller, Ruben Ornelas, Amy Sullivan

*All programs are subject to change.* Admission $8 advance sale, $10 at the door; $8 for students and seniors | All classes/workshops: $10 suggested donation at the door.



National Dance Week’s Atrium Concert, City Hall, Rochester, April 26

BIODANCE shared Jeanne Schickler Compisi’s “Possible Side Effects” at National Dance Week’s Atrium Concert at City Hall, Rochester, on Wednesday April 26th at 7pm.  The FREE concert was open to all in the community and also included various dance groups, dance studios and artists from Rochester, including Pam Schickler Compisi’s 25North.

Possible Side Effects

Possible Side Effects