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

Circus Maximus at Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall Feb. 3, 2017!

Circus Maximus

Join BIODANCE and the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Conductor Eric Laprade on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at 8pm for a FREE collaborative performance!  With 18 musicians and 12 dancers, Darius Milhaud’s La creation du monde will come to life with a new interpretation of this seminal work.

The piece will be repeated on Wed. Feb. 8 at 2pm in the new Eastman Wing, in EEW-415 on the 4th floor above the RPO Box Office.  The Wed. performance will feature digital media projection by W. MICHELLE HARRIS that is not to be missed.

Both shows are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Eastman Wind Ensemble Explores Artistic Collaboration in Works of Milhaud, Etezady, and Corigliano

BIODANCE at Community Place Senior Center

Celebrating another year of dancing with the seniors at Community Place of Greater Rochester at 145 Parcels Ave, BIODANCE brought their BIO/DANCE & Social Justice performance to the Senior Center to share three works – Katherine Kramer’s “The Hand We’re Dealt,” Jeanne Schickler Compisi’s “Possible Side Effects” and Missy Pfohl Smith’s “Tiny Parts of a Whole.”  The seniors also performed one of their favorite dances from our weekly classes and vibrant discussion was shared!


Anomaly Returns to The Fringe! Sept. 15 and 17, 2016

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton


BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris interact with 4-story dome at the

Rochester Museum & Science Center

ROCHESTER, NY – BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris return to RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium with the sold-out phenomenon from Rochester’s 2013 Fringe, Anomaly. This multi-art, experimental show that tests the boundaries between audience and performer will take place on Thursday, September 15 at 7PM, and Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2pm and 7pm at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium.  Eric Rezsnyak, then editor of City News, claimed that “It was so lovely to behold that I found myself dreading its inevitable conclusion.” Missy Pfohl Smith, Artistic Director of BIODANCE and Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester, says, “I could not be more thrilled to collaborate again with Sound ExChange and W. Michelle Harris bring this special show back to life for the first time in three years, and to give it a new life of its own. In a time of climate change and broad social unrest, this piece offers a respite from the storm, inviting a peaceful center to bring back and share with the world.”
Anomaly brings together the artistry BIODANCE, hailed by City Newspaper as “Visually stunning,” and Sound ExChange, a music collective described by the Rochester Business Journal as a group that “turns the classical music concert on its head.” Live cinematic mix by visual artist W. Michelle Harris (Rochester Institute of Technology) envelopes the musicians, dancers and audience in a completely immersive experience inside the 4-story dome of the Planetarium. The virtuosic musicians from the Eastman School of Music ensemble, Ossia New Music, led by Dustin Seo, will perform live music from today’s leading composers, providing a narrative thread for the 45-minute show. Original choreographic work by Missy Pfohl Smith/BIODANCE, including the premiere of a new dance to the recorded music of Eastman alumni and Sound ExChange percussionist Kurt Fedde, the dancers from BIODANCE join the musicians in a collaborative and multi-sensory arts experience transports the audience to a deeply reflective state about existence within our larger universe. “…a brilliant merging of modern dance, classical music and eye-popping visuals…’Anomaly’ is a true sensorial experience.” (City News)

The show embraces the irregular nature of such an extensive collaboration and promises to be, as the traditional definition ‘anomaly’ suggests, “a deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.” The show features Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s Limestone and Felt for cello and viola, with a surprising interior view of the landscape of self and of the planetarium. Arvo Part’s classic duo Spiegel im Spiegel (mirror in a mirror) concludes the show with a special feature from the planetarium’s most impressive display instruments, and one of Rochester’s best-kept secrets.
The Strasenburgh Planetarium, a 4-story dome at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, is one of greater Rochester’s most unique assets and has a 40-year-plus culture of unusual creativity among planetariums.

Anomaly: BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris takes place on September 15 at 7:00 PM, and September 17 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Rochester Museum & Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14607. Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at


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For hi-res photographs or more information, contact Missy Pfohl Smith at [email protected] or (585) 201-1002 or Emily Wozniak at [email protected] or (314) 973-6479


Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo by City News/Matt DeTurck

Photo by City News/Matt DeTurck

Photo by City News/Matt DeTurck

Photo by City News/Matt DeTurck

Anomaly at the Planetarium!

Anomaly at the Planetarium!

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton

Photo of Anomaly by Kevin Colton



BIODANCE at University of Southern Mississippi

BIODANCE heads to University of Southern Mississippi Feb. 9-12, 2016, to teach and perform two duets, “Absent Presence” from 2004, and “Amidst Crossed Wires in Parallel Paths” from 2015. Courtney World and Missy Pfohl Smith will perform these and other works together for this tour, as well as teaching four master classes. (Photos of Courtney and Missy in “Absent Presence” by Ralph A. Thompson)

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Absent Presence  Photo by Ralph A. Thomspon

Absent Presence
Photo by Ralph A. Thomspon



BIODANCE performs in Auburn, NY, April 2, 2016

“BUILDING A DANCE COMMUNITY!” Join us Saturday April 2nd for a day of dance. BIODANCE is featured in the Choreographer’s Showcase at 7:30pm at Cayuga Community College 197 Franklin St, Auburn, New York 13021.
About Event: We are so thrilled and excited to present the “Artist’s Dance Experience”. An experience for serious dancers…and choreographers to showcase their works. This event will draw a wide range of students and choreographers for across New York State. The day includes: Master Classes given by presenting dance studios and a dance concert performance in the evening. For more information please contact us 315-730-6056. Tickets are available for 7:30pm show $12 General Admission $10 Seniors & Students. Master Classes are open to public $40 (Observation pass available $20 )