Performances

Vision of Sound Syracuse – 3/29/19

BIODANCE premiered “0ut beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” (Rumi) on March 31, 2019.

Choreography by Missy Pfohl Smith and BIODANCE, with contributions by Shahin Monshipour. Performed by Alex Alletto, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Sarah Johnson, Natalia Lisina, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino. Music composed by Carrie Magin.

Video Recorded at Vision of Sound, Carrier Theater, Syracuse, NY. View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khrrhMvmHCY

BIODANCE performing for Scent of Spring, a Nowruz Celebration of the Persian New Year in the Feldman Ballroom, University of Rochester
March 20, 2019, 4-6pm

This work, Saughi, was choreographed by Missy Pfohl Smith and the dancers of BIODANCE with choreographic contributions by Shahin Monshipour, the director of ICAN (International Culture and Arts Network. Performed on March 20 by Alex Alletto, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Zachary Frazee, Sarah Johnson, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino.

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.