Title: RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Features Unique Music, Dance and Media Projection Performance
Date: 6:30pm on September 21, 22, 27 and 28
Location: RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs, RMSC
Missy Pfohl Smith, BIODANCE
Emily Wozniak, Sound ExChange
RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Features Unique Music, Dance and Media Projection Performance
ROCHESTER, NY—In keeping with a history of innovation at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Strasenburgh Planetarium, a multi-art, experimental show tests the boundaries between audience and performer. Anomaly, featuring BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris, takes place at 6:30pm on September 21, 22, 27 and 28 as part of the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival.
"Bringing together elements of contemporary music, dance, and media projection inside the planetarium presents extraordinary artistic possibilities," said Missy Pfohl Smith, artistic director, BIODANCE.
Anomaly combines the artistry BIODANCE, hailed by City Newspaper as "Visually stunning," and Sound ExChange, a chamber ensemble described by the Rochester Business Journal as a group that "turns the classical music concert on its head." 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."
Providing a narrative thread for the 45-minute show, the virtuosic musicians from Sound ExChange perform live music from today's leading composers. The show begins with Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Limestone and Felt for cello and viola. With original choreography (Missy Pfohl Smith), the dancers from BIODANCE join the musicians in a spatial exploration of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. At various junctures in the performance, visual artist W. Michelle Harris (from the Rochester Institute of Technology) displays her live mixed cinematic work on the 4-story dome in the Planetarium Star Theater.
"It's exciting to take part in the fast-growing Rochester Fringe Festival, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to host such a unique performance in the ever-popular Strasenburgh Planetarium," said Kate Bennett, president, RMSC.
Anomaly is a world premiere of collaborative arts with all new choreography and visuals. Arvo Part's classic duo Spiegel im Spiegel (mirror in a mirror) concludes the show with a surprise special feature from the planetarium's impressive display instruments.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to catch a special feature of BIODANCE as they perform Coaptation, a choreographic premiere from Eran Hanlon, independent artist and member of BIODANCE.
Rochester Museum & Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium is located at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14607. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at rochesterfringe.com.
To follow and learn more about BIODANCE, visit www.biodance.org. To follow and learn more about Sound ExChange, visit www.soundexchangeproject.com.
In 2012, the first-ever First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival was one of the most successful Fringe Festivals in the nation, and one of Rochester's most successful first-time festivals. The Fringe is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival, and features international, national and local artists. The Fringe initially started in 1947 as several uninvited groups crashed the established Edinburgh International Festival and arranged their own performances in venues surrounding the event. Coined "Fringe Festival" by journalist Robert Kemp, the tradition stuck and grew to more than 200 festivals worldwide.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is of the top two most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.