Monthly Archives: August 2023

Stories From the Living Tree

On Sept. 13 at 7:30pm and Sept. 17 at 4pm, Mount Hope World Singers and BIODANCE will present a collaborative evening of song and dance: Stories from the Living Tree at the Theater at Innovation Square as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival. Telling each other stories of how to understand, we explore a reverent connection to nature as represented in the universal by cultures from around the world. Featuring animation by Christine Banna and sound design by Greg Woodsbie

Tickets can be purchased at:
$15 General/$10 Students with ID/Free for Children 12 and Under

Dancers and choreographers include Yaa Adenike Cunningham, Sarah Johnson, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, Euridece Seche, Katherine Serna, Missy Pfohl Smith, Donetta Tchoroleev. 

We greatly appreciate the support from the following that has made this project possible: Rochester Area Community Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Arts and Cultural Initiative, administrated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Statewide Community Regrant Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, administered by the Genesee Valley Arts Council, and the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium.

The Canandaigua Treaty is a treaty between the United States of America and the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora. We are beneficiaries of this Treaty. May we acknowledge the harms done by colonization in the past and that continue in the present and work toward understanding, reconciliation, and sharing the land in a good way.

To support the Tulalip Tribe’s efforts to revitalize Lushootseed, the native language and culture of Chief Seattle, please visit:

To support Seneca art and culture, please visit:

Wander & Wonder III – Aug 23, 24 & Sept. 23

Presented by BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith and Ethan Beckwith-Cohen, Wander & Wonder III celebrates its third year on Wednesday, August 23th @6pm & Thursday, August 24th @6pm in two wonderful evenings of performance by local dance artists. Wander & Wonder III will also makes its debut in the Rochester Fringe Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1pm. Audiences meet at the Garden of Fragrance and wander the grounds of Rochester Museum and Science Center following the artists for site-specific performances by local dance artists including Ethan Beckwith-Cohen & Zaire Sprowal, Neyda Colón-DiMaria & Luis Carrión, Donna Davenport & Michelle Ikle, Natalia Lisina, Laurie McFarlane & Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith & OSSIA New Music (with music influenced by audience participation and composed by Logan Barrett), Claire Spenard & Roy Marshall, Harold Taddy/The Velvet Noose, Grace Myers & Evan Courtney, Gabrielle Samuel, Sabrina Bui, and Amya Brice. TICKETS —>…/wander-wonder-iii-tickets
“Pay what you can” Suggested $10 Donation. 
40% of donations go to the MOCHA center, a non-profit that promotes LGBTQ+ health and wellness for communities of color in New York State.This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.