Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bridge to Paradise Feb. 27 and March 1

In Bridge to Paradise, BIODANCE reflects on the magnificent and haunting stained glass work or Judith Schaechter. In two free performances directed by dance artist Missy Pfohl Smith in collaboration with digital media artist W. Michelle Harris, composer Peiyao Wang and costume designer Jennifer Rubens, performers Megan May, Alaina Olivieri, Sarah Johnson, Jean Michael Rubingu, Donetta Tchoroleev and Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp will create a movement installation for two performances:

Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7pm
Sunday, March 1 at 2pm
M&T Bank Ballroom, Memorial Art Gallery
Free and open to the public!

With visual elements inspired by the 40 work visiting stained glass exhibit by artist Judith Schaechter, this immersive, hour long experience invites viewers into a dark world of paradoxical paradises. A commissioned score will be performed by Eastman musicians. This multi-disciplinary work is supported by the Memorial Art Gallery and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

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Activism and the Arts

Missy Pfohl Smith moderated a panel of some of the most inspiring artist activists in Rochester including Mara Ahmed, Calvin Eaton, Reenah Oshun Golden, Amanda Rampe and Carl Wager on Jan. 30, 2020. Free and open to the public, this event was presented by the University of Rochester’s Greene Center!

Frameless Symposium at Rochester Institute of Technology

BIODANCE presented a concert version of The Fragile Corridor as part of RIT’s Frameless Symposium as the culminating event on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 at the Magic Studios at 6:30pm. Featuring projected imagery by W. Michelle Harris, choreography and direction by Missy Pfohl Smith, this work was a reprise from the sold-out concerts with Michael Burritt and the Eastman Percussion Ensemble during the Rochester Fringe Festival 2019. Performers included Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Hettie Barnhill, Zach Frazee, W, Michell Harris, Sarah Johnson, Natalia Lisina, Julie Schlafer Rossette, Jean Michael Rubingu and Missy Pfohl Smith.

Rehearsal of The Fragile Corridor reprise at RIT