July 3, July 4, July 5 MuCCC Family Festival

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Families at MuCCC logo in colorFREE Fourth of July Family Fest at the MuCCC Theater!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 3-5th
For Immediate Release
 
Fourth of July weekend is Family Fest Weekend at the MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, New York.  A wide variety of events will celebrate diverse aspects of family through entertainment and educational theater.
 
Friday, July 3rd  6 PM:  
The Tiny Coqui Wins the Race:  This play for children stars the animals of the Puerto Rican rainforest who learn a powerful lesson when they run the race to see who is the fastest animal.  Written and directed by Delores Jackson Radney.  Free!
 
Saturday, July 4th
11 AM.  Sixty Minute Cartoon Spectacular for the whole family assembled by cartoonologist Philip Frey.  Free!
2:00 PM. Musical Storytelling with Topher Holt.  Enjoy interactive storytelling through song and dance that is bound to have your little one moving about, shaking a maraca or beating a drum. Free!
2:30 PM.  The Wildlife Educators Coalition.  Animal education by way of appearances with live animals. Come meet 5 kool creatures including Hiawatha the Macaw and learn their stories and enjoy the adventure of this interactive presentationFree!
3-4 PM  Lisa McTwister. Balloon artist Lisa McTwister specializes in advanced balloon modeling and makes princesses, superheroes and amazing animals.  As part of the Airigami team she creates large scale balloon projects that delight all ages. Free!
 
Sunday, July 5th   
2 PM. The School to Prison Pipeline, an original drama. Inner city youth share their struggles, hopes and dreams of overcoming the challenges they face every day.  Written and directed by Robert Ricks.  Free!
 
All events are free. Seating in the theater is limited and will be provided on a first come basis.
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation.
For further information, contact:  John Borek, MuCCC Director of Artist Development:
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Dances at MuCCC

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Dances at MuCCC has been curated by Laurie MacFarlane and Ruben Ornelas.
 
BuyTickets_240px-no-feeContemporary dance by regional, national, and international visiting artists.  
 
15 choreographers – 4 nights – 6 different shows
 
DancesAtMucccWed July 8, 8 PM
Thurs July 9, 7 PM
Thurs July 9, 8 PM
Fri July 10, 8 PM
Sat July 11, 7 PM 
Sat July 11, 8 PM
 
$8 advance sale at muccc.org
$10 at the door
 
Programs:
 
Wednesday July 8 at 8 PM
“Retratos” by Ruben T. Ornelas
“Moonstruck Swan” by Gina Bonati
“Stood Up (Stand Up!)” by Katherine Marino
“Unconditional” by Kaitley Wozer              
“Alchemist” by Laurie MacFarlane             
 “Allusion” by Leigh Ann Kabatra               
“Jumpstart” by Anne Harris Wilcox
 
Thursday July 9 at 7 PM
Repertory by Dunwoody Dance
“The Same Note” by Grace Lopata-Linn
Bizy Bodyz (Adria Delancy)
 
Thursday July 9 at 8 PM
“Segmented Harmony” by Maureen Gorman 
“Moonstruck Swan” by Gina Bonati 
“Retratos” by Ruben T. Ornelas 
“Night Trilogy” by Marcelo Kuna
“Borderline” by Courtney World (BIODANCE)
“Stood Up (Stand Up!)” by Katherine Marino
“Derivations Of” by Kaitley Wozer
“Not Us” by Leigh Ann Kabatra
“Solo Countersolo” (excerpt) by Heidi Latsky (BIODANCE)
“Jumpstart” by Anne Harris Wilcox
 
Friday July 10 at 8 PM
“Allusion” by Leigh Ann Kabatra
“Shadow, Flicker” by Lauren Baines and Gina Bonati
“Night Trilogy” by Marcelo Kuna                 
Repertory work by Mayra Morales              
“Alchemist” by Laurie MacFarlane             
“Segmented Harmony” by Maureen Gorman
“Mimesis of Time” by Eran Hanlon 
“Unconditional” by Kaitley Wozer              
 
Saturday July 11 at 7 PM
**Tapilapi** (Morales/Barsi/Ayyash/Aguilar)       
 
Saturday July 11 at 8 PM
“Retratos” by Ruben T. Ornelas 
“Shadow, Flicker” by Lauren Baines and Gina Bonati
“Solo Countersolo” (excerpt) by Heidi Latsky (BIODANCE)
“Night Trilogy” by Marcelo Kuna                 
Repertory work by Unidentified Dance
 “Borderline” by Courtney World (BIODANCE)
“Not Us” by Leigh Ann Kabatra
“Mimesis of Time” by Eran Hanlon
“Derivations Of” by Kaitley Wozer
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Choreographer Bios/Piece Descriptions
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Lauren Baines (San Francisco Bay area) is a choreographer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist. She has shown work at Dance Mission Theatre, ZERO1 Garage, Montalvo Arts Center, de Saisset Museum, and subZERO Festival, and performed at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, ODC, and Ashby Stage, among others. Additionally, she managed a small theatre company, Cardboard Box Theatre Project, for four years and co-produced a new play off-Broadway in 2013. Baines received a Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award from San Jose Rotary Club and has enjoyed several residencies including time in Iceland. In June 2015, she presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance joint conference in Greece. Baines also holds multidisciplinary management experience in the non-profit arts sector. She currently serves on the de Saisset Museum’s Museum Enhancement Board and the Steering Committee of genARTS Silicon Valley. Baines holds a MFA in Choreography & Performance from Mills College and BA & BS degrees in Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), Art History, and Psychology from Santa Clara University. “Shadow, Flicker” is an excerpt from a larger work “Points of Departure / Points of Reference.”  The solo captures a character who is experiencing elements of her environment break down into component parts. There is curiosity, amusement, subtle distrust, and at times active participation, as the world fragments and disperses around her.
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Gona Bonati photo credit Paul B. Goode

Gona Bonati photo credit Paul B. Goode

Gina Bonati (NYC) started taking dancing seriously as a teenager and has been so very lucky with more than a few wonderful teachers along the way. She stopped dancing in 2003 in order to take acting more seriously but a little less than two years ago realized there was more to do as a dancer and dance maker. She is now earning her MFA at Mills College and will matriculate in spring of 2016. That will add to the BFA from Juilliard and who knows what will become of her with all that pedigree. It is wonderful to be dancing again, to be in class again, to work with dancers in a studio again and to dance for choreographers again. She was a fool to think it was over. A modest collection of her work is archived in the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, Dance Collection. She has done all kinds of dancing from ballet to Cunningham to contact improv (where she earned the moniker, gina, the contact ballerina) tovarious release techniques and on and on. Laurie MacFarlane and Gina go back decades when they met as pick up dancers in a now forgotten pick up company and went on to produce all kinds of dance events around New York City in the early 90s. It is so nice to be back with her Laurie.  Gina is a co-choreographer with Lauren Baines of “Shadow, Flicker”and co-choreographer with Elizabeth Schmuhl of a new duet.

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Dunwoody DanceDunwoody Dance (Rochester) is an ensemble of dancers ages 10-19. They’ve performed at the Black Storytelling League of Rochester, Clarissa St. Reunion, City of Rochester’s M.L.K Youth Day, Rochester Puerto Rican Festival & Parade, Schools, at half time for the Rochester Razor Sharks and placed Platinum at New York State Dance Challenge 2015. 
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Dunwoody Dance is under the direction of Andrae Dunwoody “MR. Andrae” a S.O.T.A graduate, Andrae was a scholarship student at Marymount Manhattan College and The Ballet Hispanico School in NYC, and has also trained at the Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS.  Andrae has danced in the International Dance Festival, White Wave Dance Festival and the D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival. Mr. Andrae has judged for On Stage America dance competitions, has instructed in NYC at the Cultural Arts Center of Washington Heights and Peekskill summer arts camp.  Locally MR. Andrae has instructed for a variety of schools, organizations, and outreach programs. Dunwoody Dance is a classical Black Arts Dance & Performance Program that offers recreational & non-recreational classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop for ages 4-19.
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Maureen Gorman

Maureen Gorman

Maureen Gorman (Rochester) has embraced the Rochester dance scene after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico where she received a BA in Dance with a 2nd major in Languages. Within the three years of living in Western New York she has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Biodance, Garth Fagan Dance, and KDiehl Danceworks. In addition to performing, Maureen has earned her Pilates Mat certification and is in the process of receiving her full certification. Maureen hopes to expand the Rochester dance community by creating works of her own.  Maureen’s new duet explores weight transfer from one person to another; how that weight can be felt by the audience when the dancers are both together and apart; and how space itself does not always determine the closeness of a relationship.

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Alaina Olivieri of Hanlon Dance & Company photo credit Kevin Colton

Alaina Olivieri of Hanlon Dance & Company photo credit Kevin Colton


Eran Hanlon 
(Rochester) is Artistic Director of Hanlon Dance & Company: a dance theatre and performance art company. His work has featured locally at the Geva Theatre, Hochstein School of Music, Smith Opera House, Gallery r, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, and Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He was recently recognized at the First Niagara Fringe Festival as ‘best new choreographer’ in 2014. Hanlon received his MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and holds teaching appointments at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music where he teaches courses in contemporary dance styles. For more information, please visit his company’s Web site at: www.hanlondanceandcompany  The movement for “Mimesis of Time” originates from Hanlon’s premiere of Every Kingdom at Nazareth College, specific to a solo developed with Lydia De Capril based on the character Morgaine from Arthurian Legends. The piece was developed in collaboration with performer Alaina Olivieri.

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Leigh Ann Kabatra holds an MFA from Mills College. She received her BA in Dance and Sociology from Emory University, where she performed work by Lori Teague, Armando Luna, and Nicole Livieratos. She has taught modern dance technique at camps and community organizations throughout the Atlanta area. She has also presented work through Dance Canvas, a presenting company in Atlanta that focuses on showing emerging artists’ work. She currently teaches a dance class at a housing site for women in San Francisco.  Allusion”uses a structure inspired by Thomas Pynchon’s novels. I tried to mimic his use of conspiracy theories, elaborate background stories, and tangential stories by creating and inserting phrases that deviate from previous material or refer to other moments in the dance.  “Not Us”is a solo inspired by a consideration of artist Ana Mendieta’s work and biography. It uses some elements, such as blood, environment, and scale, crucial to much of Mendieta’s work. It also explores the theme of indifference, a social ill she incorporated in some of her work and a common theme of those surrounding her in the wake of her death.
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Marcelo Kuna (São Paulo, Brasil) is a dancer and singer with a B.A. in Communication and the Body Arts (PUC-SP, 2012-2015). A certified DanceAbility teacher (www.danceability.com), he also has experience in Musical Theatre, and Meditation. He has participated in workshops at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (Tisch-NYU), Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), V.O.I.C.Experience Foundation (Sherrill Milnes), DanceAbility International (Alito Alessi), and Núcleo Dança Aberta (São Paulo). Namaskar!  Trilogia da noite (“Night Trilogy”) is a series of three videodances adapted for the stage, and based on and expanded upon the songs “A Galeria do Amor”/The Gallery of Love (1975), “Perdido na Noite”/Lost in the night (1976) and “Eu pecador”/ I, sinner (1977), by Brazilian crooner Agnaldo Timóteo. The intent is to find the queer body within and to camp it out by embodying representations of Broadway and of the Brazilian group Dzi Croquettes, inspired by Californian troupe The Cockettes.
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Grace Lopata-Linn (Rochester) will be entering her junior year in the BFA dance program at The College at Brockport. Grace attended the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern as well as performing and showing choreography in numerous dance and theatre productions. Grace recently performed in “Cordaro World”(2014) at MUCC last summer and Dance Hartwell and Dance Strasser (2014) at The College at Brockport. Grace came back to School of The Arts this spring to choreograph the middle school production of Bugsy Malone and continues to come back and teach master classes whenever she can. Grace is excited for this opportunity to show her choreography outside of an academic setting and even more excited to share this performance with her brother.
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Laurie MacFarlane photo credit Annette Dragon

Laurie MacFarlane photo credit Annette Dragon

Laurie MacFarlane (Rochester) has performed her choreography, improvisations and dance/theater for more than 20 years – in theaters, art galleries, on the street, in empty storefronts and even a garage; in the US, Canada and Mexico. She is delighted to perform again at MuCCC and to share the stage with Gina Bonati. Many thanks to Ruben, Cielo, John Borek, Doug Rice, Kevin Indovino, Cassandra Kelly and all the other MuCCCers. “Alchemist”uses props, costumes and movement to draw a portrait of an intriguing and elusive character. 

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Katherine Marino photo credit Avi Pryntz-Nadworny

Katherine Marino photo credit Avi Pryntz-Nadworny

Katherine Marino (Rochester) grew up training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance as well as the Garth Fagan Dance School. She continued her studies of at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in 2012 she graduated with a dual degree in Dance and Environmental Studies. She enjoys finding and sharing surprising connections between these and other seemingly unrelated fields. After graduating, Katherine received a Fulbright teaching scholarship to Mendoza, Argentina. During her yearlong stay she continued her studies in contemporary dance between teaching English classes; she also dabbled in a wide array of other dance styles and circus arts including aerial silks, AcroYoga, contact improvisation, juggling, and Argentine tango. She is fascinated by the unique micro cultures born from each of these different movement practices and loves the idea of combining these forms together and with more “traditional” contemporary dance. Katherine’s professional performance experience includes the Finger Lakes Dance! Concert, Rochester Dance Project, Present Tense Dance, Tres Puntos (Argentina), and currently, PUSH Physical Theatre. Despite her work as a professional dancer and performer, she has rarely shared her own creative work publicly; she is thankful for the opportunity to do so here at MuCCC!

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Tapilapi

Tapilapi

**Tapilapi** is a collective of interdisciplinary artists from México and Dubai, living and working transitionally in Montreal, who come together nomadically in a project by project basis. The work develops a choreographic practice of interdisciplinary collaboration between dance, sculpture, installation, and everyday living and photography building an in-between scenario with blurred edges forming multiple tableaux vivant in the fashion of durational landscapes. These landscapes are scenarios of the lived, a play of in-finite explorations between bodies in movement, gestures in hold, objects affairs, and continual mobile sculpture constructions. Through what the artists refer as “mobile architectures of interminable landscapes”, the group generates temporal sculptures as dancing evental investigations as a mode of study and a mode of living.  Mayra Morales, was born in Mexico City and has lived and worked in Montreal since 2012. She has presented work in London, Vienna, New York, Germany, Montreal and Mexico. As a Dancer, Choreographer, Morales works with environmental choreography and dance-theatre. She is the Co-founder of Perfor-matica Festival and was the co-director for 6 years.  Currently she is a PhD candidate in Philosophy, dance and pedagogy, at Concordia University in Montreal.  Marcelino Barsi is from Puebla México. Barsi is a sculpture artist/imaginary architect who plays with objects, colour, rhythms and relational aesthetics. Marcelino’s practice is based on accidents and improvisation but mostly based on collaboration with artists and architects.  Mona Ayyash is a Palestinian artist, born in Kuwait City.  She lived in Dubai for many years before moving to Montreal in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in Dubai based galleries such as Art Space, Ayyam Gallery, The Empty Quarter, and The Third Line.  She is interested in small and repetitive photographic gestures.  Raúl Aguilar Canela is a painting artist from México.  He is fascinated by improvable games generated through propositional painting structures.

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Ruben Ornelas photo credit Annette Dragon

Ruben Ornelas photo credit Annette Dragon

Ruben T. Ornelas (Rochester) has presented his dances in Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, and Uganda.  Special thanks to Laurie, John, Doug, Kevin, Cassandra and the staff at MuCCC for making “Dances at MuCCC” possible.  “Retratos” is a duet with Eddie Swayze in four sections, set to the poetry of Eduardo Corral and Mexican folk music.

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Unidentified Dance (Rochester) is a community of artists dedicated to sharing intellectually stimulating experiences with audiences. It would be simple to classify our work as “dance-theatre,” however we are far more than either of these genres can express. Each of us has a story that describes who we are as artistic souls contributing to the spread of ideas and enlightenment through the arts. We collaborate with musicians, visual artists, poets, photographers and many more to help spread not only success, but the stories that have shaped us all as artists. We spread the word of equality by encouraging freedom and acceptance of expression.  Trevor Van Orden, Co-founder, holds his BA in Dance from SUNY Potsdam.  He worked as an apprentice under Caridanco Dance Company, as well as both apprentice and personal assistant under Futurpointe Dance before becoming an ensemble member of Borinquen Dance Theater, located in Rochester, New York. He has an untraditional dance background, having studied martial arts for 9 years before beginning his dance training. His past instructors and people has worked with include Guy Thorne, N’jelle Gage, A’keitha Carey, Sean McLeod, Carrie Mae Weems, Nydia Rodriguez and Christopher Morrison, Randy Lawrence as well dancers from Lehrer dance, Luna Negra Dance Company and Bush Mango Drum & Dance.  Before making the move to Rochester, he was an instructor for Guzman’s Dance studio, and Wellwood Middle School. Margaret Mary Moreno, Co-founder, holds her BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport, SUNY. She is currently a Guest Choreographer for Borinquen Dance Theatre in Rochester, NY. Prior to this, she was an intern and then Apprentice with Futurpointe Dance in Rochester, NY, where she met Trevor Van Orden. She has studied under such renowned instructors such as Danita Emma, Christopher Morrison, Nydia Rodriguez, Guy Thorne, William Evans, Biboti Uikahilo, Zelma Badu-Yung and Clyde Morgan. Other instructors have included both current and former dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba, Garth Fagan Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Silvestre School in Salvador, Brazil, as well as Rosengela Silvestre herself. 

 

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Anne Harris Wilcox, MFA, (Rochester) is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester, and the Past -President of  the New York State Dance Education Association (President, 2012-2015). She is a NYS permanently certified K-12 dance educator and the Artistic Director of the Present Tense Dance Company, which she founded in 1991. Anne’s teaching interests include interdisciplinary studies, K-12 pedagogy, choreography, technique, and anatomy. In 2013, Anne created, Active Learning Games, LLC, designing and producing kinesthetic educational activities and products for grades K-12 and university. She has been a guest artist at schools and universities in the upstate region, including The Harley School, School of the Arts, University of Buffalo, and Hobart William Smith Colleges, among others. She is a member of National Dance Education Organization and has been both a presenter and a vendor at national conferences. She has received several grants from New York Foundation of the Arts and the New York State Decentralization program. Her choreography has been featured at Rochester’s Fringe Festival and at Geva’s Nextstage, and many other venues throughout New York State. She lives in Rochester with her husband and three children.
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Growing up, Kaitley Wozer (Buffalo) trained in classical ballet at the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY.  She graduated from William Smith College this Spring, where she double majored in Biology and Dance, graduated with Honors in Dance, and received the Janet Seeley Award for outstanding achievement in dance performance, choreography, and scholarship.  With a concentration in Movement Studies, Wozer has a strong interest in dance composition and choreographed works in Koshare ’13, ’14, Collaborations ’14, Mid-Summer Night’s Dance ’14, and Perspectives ’15 dance concerts.  With new exposure at William Smith, Wozer’s ballet serves her in her new interests in Modern and West African dance techniques, which she is interested in pursuing in graduate school for dance.  “Unconditional” is an intense and bold look into the good, the bad, and the neutral of any close relationship, that was co-composed with the music Fela Vibram.  “Derivations Of” is part II of a three-part work, but stands well alone.  With funky electronic music, the choreography focuses on unique spatial patterns, and architectural staccato movement juxtaposed with a sensual quirkiness based on moments of body play.  
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BIODANCE is a contemporary repertory company based in Rochester, NY.  For Dances at MuCCC, BIODANCE will present two works from the repertory.  Missy Pfohl Smith (Artistic Director of BIODANCE and Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester) will perform a solo excerpt from the acclaimed Solo/Countersolo by NYC-based choreographer Heidi Latsky.  Laura Regna will perform Borderline by Courtney World.  World is a dance artist and educator, originally from Rochester, NY. Her performance credits include eight years simultaneously with BIODANCE and Bill Evans Dance Company. She currently performs tap and modern dance with companies and independent artists on a project basis. World holds a BA in dance from The University at Buffalo, an MFA in performance and choreography from The College at Brockport, and is certified in the Evans Method of teaching Laban/Bartenieff-based modern dance. She is currently assistant professor and director of dance at The University of The South in Sewanee, TN.  Regna holds a BFA and an MFA in dance from SUNY Brockport.  She has performed with Brazz Dance Theater under the direction of Augusto Soledade and with Hallmark Danceworks, a modern dance company under the direction of Elizabeth Hallmark.  She has been an adjunct professor at SUNY Brockport and the University of Rochester, and currently works as a personal trainer at The Strathallen.  Laura has been dancing with BIODANCE since 2006.
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Eddie Swayze is a poet, performing artist, actor, visual artist, electronic music composer, and educator.  He translates his poems into American Sign Language (ASL). He discovered ASL poetry in the 80′s through Peter Cook, Debbie Rennie, Clayton Valli, and other great ASL poets/performers. His poetry were published in The HandType Press, The Gallaudet University Press, The Clevis Press, The Tactile Mind Press, Dark Lady Press, The Talon Magazine, Forge, Science Poetry from Ontario, Canada, Silver Blades, and a few more. He won two awards in ImageArt poetry reading under the annual glbt ImageOut Film Festival. His poetry performance is featured in a short clip in “The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox” by Miriam Lerner. He received two New York State Council on the Arts grants and four Strategic Opportunity Stipends grants. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995.
 
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Bizy BodyzAdria Delancy founded Bizy Bodyz Dance Crew wanting to keep her 13 year old daughter and 9 year old son on a positive path. This group for ages 6 – 14 specializes in different styles such as Hip-Hop, African, Ballroom, Majorette, tango & more.  First live performance took place during  2014 Breast Cancer Walk at Frontier Field; there followed numerous performances such as Family Hip-Hop Tour in Buffalo, Kwanzaa at School of the Arts, Cheering on Special Olympics Basketball Players at Rochester Razor Sharks Basketball game, and earning 2nd place in our first dance competition at Kodak Theatre on 4-25-15.

 

The Effect by Lucy Prebble

Jul
16
8:30 pm

The Effect

by Lucy Prebble

A Staged Reading
Thursday, July 16th
8:30 pm

Synopsis:
“A play for four people, in love and sorrow.”
As a pharmaceutical company prepares to launch a new, revolutionary anti-depressant, two doctors and their pair of triallists explore the effects and implications of the drug and find themselves in an ethical and emotional debate over the true nature of depression.

CAST:

Connie Hall – Emily Putnam
Tristan Frey – Carl Del Buono
Dr. Lorna James – Kate Royal
Dr. Toby Sealey – Alec Powell

FREE ADMISSION
Contains adult language and themes – Recommended for audiences over 16.

DVC Presents: Somewhere Under Wonderland, a world premiere musical!

Jul
24
7:30 pm
Jul
25
2:00 pm
Jul
25
7:30 pm

DVC Presents: Somewhere Under Wonderland, a world premiere musical!

Music and Lyrics by Counting Crows

somewhere-Under-Wonderland-Poster-Book by Mario J. Savastano

Somewhere Under Wonderland explores friendship, love, sacrifice and the search for identity through the eyes of young adults living in an apartment complex outside of Los Angeles, California. When Andy drifts into town–determined to leave his past behind–he becomes part of a circle of friends struggling with abuse, addiction, and the compromises necessary to achieve their dreams. As desperation and fear threaten to drive them apart, they make difficult choices and set plans into motion, culminating in events that will change their lives forever. With Counting Crows’ timeless melodies and achingly honest lyrics, as well as a book written by local playwright Mario Savastano, this intimate musical confronts the intricacies and complexities of the American Dream in the 21st century.

Somewhere Under Wonderland continues the tradition of modern, unconventional musicals that have been a part of DVC’s tradition since Invented: A Dracula-Inspire Goth Rock Opera (2006).

DVC is proud to bring the world premiere of Somewhere Under Wonderland to MuCCC.

About DVC:

Dream/Visualize/Create, a collection of students and graduates of Wilson Magnet High School’s drama club and local artists, is celebrating its 15thyear of bringing thought-provoking, challenging productions to audiences. In keeping with the club’s mission to bring affordable, meaningful, socially-conscious theatre to Rochester, DVC has performed shows such as Stop Kiss, The Shadow Box, No Exit, and a double bill of The Trojan Women and Necessary Targets, and original projects such as Overcoming Andromeda, More Than This (featuring the music of Vanessa Carlton), American Skin and JUNK: the Musical.

For more info on DVC: www.facebook/DreamVC

Performance dates:

Friday, July 24th @ 7:30

Saturday, July 25th @ 2 & 7:30

Tickets $5.

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The Last Five Years

Jul
31
7:30 pm
Aug
1
7:30 pm
Aug
2
2:00 pm

The Last Five Years Info

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Show Dates:
Synopsis:
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, telling of their relationship backwards while Jaime tells the relationship chronologically; the two characters only meet once during the show on their wedding day. This modern musical chronicles the five year life of a marriage from beginning to end and end to beginning
This is a page to stage performance meaning the company has exactly one week to learn, block and put up the show. It in no way means it is just a staged reading. You can expect to see a fully fleshed out musical. Page to Stage will bring you a new and innovative take on The Last Five Years. We promise you won’t want to miss this unique interpretation and execution of this beautifully tragic tale of love and loss.
July 31- 7:30 Pm
Aug 1- 7:30 Pm
Aug 2- 2:00 Pm
Tickets: $12.00

Classics Theater of Rochester presents “Candida”.

Aug
14
8:00 pm
Aug
15
8:00 pm
Aug
16
2:00 pm
Aug
20
8:00 pm
Aug
21
8:00 pm
Aug
22
8:00 pm

Classics Theater of Rochester continues its SHAW series at MuCCC in August, 2015, with the very popular comedy, “Candida”. After staging George Bernard Shaw’s “Plays Unpleasant” (Widowers’ Houses, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and The Philanderer) the past three seasons, Rochester’s only Shaw troupe now turns its sights to Shaw’s “Plays Pleasant”.

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In “Candida”, Shaw presents a minister’s wife compelled to choose between her staid husband, the Rev. James Morell, and a mysterious young suitor, Eugene Marchbanks. A scoundrel of a father-in-law, a fawning intern and a conflicted secretary add to the comedy and Shaw takes ample opportunity for social commentary, as always, challenging Victorian standards, especially those involving marriage.

Performances are scheduled for August 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8PM and August 16 at 2PM.

$15, student $12.

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Classics Theater of Rochester is proud to present its fourth annual George Bernard Shaw production with the staging of Candida in mid-August at the Multi-use Cultural Community Center (MuCCC) . A lighter comedy and part of Shaw’s “Plays Pleasant,” Candida (1898) lampoons the political and religious institutions of his day while challenging societal assumptions about marital roles.

In the play, a minister’s wife (Candida) is pursued by an idealistic young poet and is asked to choose between her staid husband and her handsome young suitor. A fussy secretary, an inept junior cleric and Candida’s scoundrel father add to the comedy as Shaw addresses “The Woman Question” at the dawn of the twentieth century with themes that still resonate today.

“Shaw’s plays continue to draw good audiences, as our three previous productions have shown,” says James Landers, founder of Classics Theater of Rochester and director of the production. “Last year’s production ofThe Philanderer was such a success that we have expanded our program to two weekends this summer. The newly renovated venue at the Multi-use Cultural Community Center has become a great place to take in some Shaw on a warm summer evening.”

This summer’s production features local comedian, writer and actor, Karen Craft in the title role. Karen is the founder of the Polite Ink improv-comedy troupe, and co-creator of the original stage play, The Kingdom Next to Fid. She is supported by a cast of experienced local actors including Ted Wenskus (Rev. Morell), Fred Pienkoski  (Eugene Marchbanks), Kathy Coughenour  (Proserpine), Joe Edizel  (Lexy Mill), and Andrew Cowen (Mr. Burgess).

“Our program continues to attract some of the finest local actors,” adds Landers. “Many of our patrons enjoy both the professional Shaw productions at Niagara-on-the-Lake and our more modest non-professional  productions here in town.”

Six performances are scheduled at the newly remodeled, air-conditioned, MuCCC Theater at 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, NY. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on August 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 and at 2:00 p.m. on August 16. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and are available through the MuCCC website and at the door. http://muccc.org/events/