See the music, hear the dance
Vision of Sound is the name of the dance and music concert featuring eclectic regional dancers and musicians, taking place this weekend at Hochstein School of Music and Dance. It is Artistic Director Mark Olivieri's vision to eventually transform the annual collaboration into an actual company.
Dance, dance, revolution
Mention tango dancing and most people immediately imagine some variation of a woman in red sauntering seductively across stage, whirled in close and dipped low by a darkly sensual partner. This, to most people, is tango.
But Fernanda Ghi and her husband Guillermo Merlo, creators of "This is Tango Now," seek to break this stereotype.
Garth Fagan creates in good company. His new work, "Lighthouse/Lightning
Rod," wows with the combined powers of his uniquely stylized and gorgeously
executed choreography, the bang-up score by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, and
bewitching stage sets from Alison Saar, Guggenheim and two times National
Endowment of the Arts Fellow.
Trust and shared vision
Garth Fagan Dance is home from its travels for the Rochester premiere of a new collaboration between Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and Grammy Award-winning jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The piece, "Lighthouse/Lightning Rod," is the second collaboration between Fagan and Marsalis; the first — "Griot New York" — was created by the duo back in 1991 and fast became a beloved staple of the Fagan repertoire.
2012 Nazareth Arts Center Dance Festival
The third annual Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival begins this week and lasts through next weekend, bringing a diverse range of dance forms to both stage and lawn. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off the festival Thursday evening with a Dance Festival Overture led by Jeff Tyzik; the evening will include accompanying dance performances.
by Jesse Hanus
It was about five years ago that Jonah Inikori
opened his own dance studio in Rochester,
Darin Price started traveling the globe to learn more about Latin dance and
music, and Kerri Vaughn started teaching salsa. These three are now at the core
of the Latin dance scene in Rochester,
and have dedicated themselves to help it evolve over the past several years
into one of the largest Latin dance scenes in upstate New
Living life on the edge
On a recent afternoon, Garth Fagan Dance was rehearsing in their Chestnut
Street studio, a loft-like space with sumptuous
high ceilings, stained glass windows, and lots of light. Fagan presided from
behind an old wooden desk, his dark eyes sparkling beneath a
black-and-white-striped knit cap.
Beyong pointe shows and tutus
Rochester City Ballet is growing, and artistic director and choreographer
Jamey Leverett wants to ensure that audiences comprehend the scope of the
company's dancing. That's the part of the impetus behind "Raw, Real and
Revealed," a combination lecture/performance this weekend at NazarethArtsCenter.
Athletic, inventive troupe comes to Nazareth Saturday
All the right moves Pilobolus combines dance, acrobatics, acting and more
Eight dancers fly across the studio, jumping and spinning
with technical prowess in time to the speeding music. A man in full business
attire accompanies his pedestrian movements with an ever-changing, politically
charged vocal soundtrack.
Outside it was a cold, snowy Rochester night. But
inside a quiet Chestnut Street building, the Garth Fagan Dance studio was warm and
A little girl watches her Christmas dreams come to
life on a magical journey through a land of dancing toys and sweets. By now
this is a familiar story for most: The
Nutcracker is performed on stages across the world year after year.
At a recent practice for PUSH Physical Theatre, Tom
Ohl and Topher Holt made handstand pushups look like routine jumping jacks. Gravity never weighs PUSH performers down; the five-person troupe relies on it
to carve an imaginary world out of the air around them.
Returning to Nazareth Arts
Center November 30 through December 5, Garth Fagan Dance introduced new dancers
and an already acclaimed new work and demonstrated again why they are
Rochester's only performing arts group to receive annual plaudits worldwide. I'm not sure that departed company icon
Natalie Rogers or the superb Chris Morrison can be replaced, but they are followed by some impressively fast-rising
Some holiday traditions reassuringly retain their values: in Rochester The
Nutcracker remains a pleasure and an artistic highlight and keeps getting better. Artistic director Jamey Leverett reports that the 18-year-old Rochester City
Ballet is dancing at its best to date, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
reportedly sounds splendid in its 82nd season, playing in the elaborately
renovated Eastman Theatre.