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Basuri: The Musical Love of Two Divine Souls

This Kathak piece is choreographed to present a snippet of Shri Radha (worshipped as the goddess of love, tenderness, compassion, and devotion in India) and Lord Krishna's legendary love story. Radha and Krishna are remembered as two divine physical forms that were one in mind and spirit. This classical performance visually presents fascinating, transcendental sweet talks between the divine couple, followed by a musical dance prayer to Lord Krishna for collective wellbeing.

  • Length: 15 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

2022 RIT School of Film & Animation Honors Show

Students from the RIT School of Film and Animation produce over 300 works each year, and some works are included in film festivals and go on to win awards. The films and animations presented here have been selected to represent both graduate and undergraduate work as well as every genre of film. (Note: Many other works of the highest merit were created, but could not be included in this program.)

  • Length: 240 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

The 24-Hour Plays

A team of local writers, actors, and directors create several original short plays in just 24 hours. Can they write, direct, memorize, and perform plays in a single day? Join us for theatre at its most raw and immediate!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

5 Second Rule

Max Doud and Brennan Dornberger are not your average high school students. Max (age 17, guitar/vocals) and Brennan (age 16, drums/vocals) have been performing for the past three years as the duo 5 Second Rule, taking the Rochester music scene by storm. These students of Elvio Fernandes’ Roc Star Academy perform at a level beyond their years, playing a variety of crowd favorites from the 70s to now. They’re high energy, interactive and incredibly entertaining -- an experience not to miss!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Across the Universe: Music for Yoga and Meditation

Enjoy an evening of music that has played a role in the yoga and meditation movements in the U.S. since the 1960s, featuring selections by John Lennon, George Harrison, Krishna Das and others performed an all-acoustic performance by Alana Cahoon, Chris Meeker, and John Covach in Eastman’s beautiful, resonant Hatch Hall. Audience sing-alongs will be encouraged, and a portion from the sale of each ticket will be donated to Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Eastman School of Music: Hatch Recital Hall
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Almost Magic Show! 2.0

Ted’s back with Version 2.0 of the Almost Magic Show! The comedic look at the thin line between the two art forms includes upgrades to both the magic and the juggling. Manipulating multiple objects as well as the audience is all part of the fun in this show for all ages.

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Alternate Endings

The world as you know it is ending, though you may choose to deny it. Do you have a belief in God? A belief in science? A belief in superheroes? Nothing can prepare you for the last week of life as we know it. From the mind of Jonathan Price, this American cautionary tale told in 10 vignettes delves into the woes of the modern world. Why are we here? The apocalypse is nigh … Are you prepared?

  • Length: 71 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre

An American in Paris

(NR, 1951, Vincente Minnelli, 104 mins.) Regarding as one of the best movie musicals of all time. Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise (Leslie Caron), a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. His best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist (Oscar Levant) also falls for Lise and romantic complications abound.

  • Length: 104 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Vanessa Sweet - Amplifying Feedback Loop

On view at RIT City Art Space's big screen (in the window facing Liberty Pole Plaza), this short film features looped, metamorphic 2D-animated vignettes that inform the magnifying "domino effects" of climate change and community-led solutions.

  • Length: 480 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: RIT City Art Space: RIT City Art Space
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

And They Never Recovered from the Shock

Recent transplants from New York City, Infinite Spark brings their company’s vision for physical theater to life through a quartet of action-packed one acts. Ranging from the comedic to the meditative, each piece showcases the expressive range and evocative artistry of the company. Everything from classical and contemporary to completely original material will be brought to life through powerful movement and play.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Are You A Cake or a Crumz

Step into Mrs. Debbie Cake's office as she works with her nosey receptionist and an alter ego named "Mrs. VI" to help others identify their 80/20: 80% is what they need to be happy, and 20% is what they can compromise. What happens when they compromise more than 20% and end up feeling "crumzy"? Watch six individuals search for help with their crumzy situations and find solutions -- because sometimes the person who needs to be fixed just might be in the mirror.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Arkhé : ἀρχή

In simple terms, Arkhé utilizes its viewers as direct participants in creative coding. A camera will interpret audience positions within a given, unseen grid. Through the power of functional programming, each participant will become a specific piece of code that will be captured individually through digital display. From this -- and based on the participants position, shirt color, and relative location to other participants -- a unique combination of code will be generated and populated visually via projection.

  • Length: 0 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1 Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

The Art of Storytelling Through Sand Animation

Join RIT student Pinaki Babar as she performs sand art - essentially a form of visual storytelling - live on stage. Babar will create art on a glass frame residing on a table with a light source from the bottom, and the frames are created by using lights/shadows through the sand on the glass frame. These are then captured by a camera on top of the frame and projected on a screen for the audience.

  • Length: 15 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

Artists for Ukraine

Artists for Ukraine is a fundraising art exhibition and sale produced in partnership with WXXI, and RocMaidan, a local nonprofit providing humanitarian and medical aid to Ukraine (in association with the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Rochester). More than 60 local artists are featured, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward providing aid to the people of Ukraine.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Rochester Contemporary Art Center: Gallery
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

At Home with Garth Fagan Dance

Attendees will get a rare and intimate glimpse into Garth Fagan Dance as we reemerge despite COVID. Meet new dancers perform the classic Garth Fagan Dance Repertoire, including revivals, new pieces, and works-in-progress by the Tony Award-winning choreographer, Garth Fagan, and the Bessie Award-winning Rehearsal Director, Norwood "PJ" Pennewell.

Performances will be narrated by Bessie Award winner Garth Fagan Dance School Director/Asst. Rehearsal Natalie Rogers-Cropper.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Garth Fagan Dance Studio
  • Genre: Dance
  • Location Type: Indoor

Band Geeks

If music be the food of love, then these girls are starving. Candace and Crystal have been making the sweet, sweet music of friendship since they accidentally harmonized on their recorders in the third grade chorus room. Locking eyes, they knew right then and there music had brought them together forever. From the twisted minds that brought you “The Oboe Show” and “Big Knockers,” this comedy show set to live music will delight band geeks and music lovers alike.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Movement Center
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

BANDALOOP

For the first time at Fringe since 2013! A pioneer in vertical dance movement, BANDALOOP returns to the Fringe and the 21-story Five Star Plaza after enthralling tens of thousands of spectators in 2012 and 2013. The internationally-renowned company turns the dance floor on its side by seamlessly weaving together dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing.

  • Length: 20 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park: Five Star Plaza
  • Genre: Dance

BARDBENDING: A Same-Sex Shakespeare Sampler

BARDBENDING is Back! WallByrd Theatre Co. is once again twisting the conventions on gender in this modern mash-up of William Shakespeare’s greatest hits. From the side-splitting to the heart-wrenching, get a taste of the company's signature blend of pop culture and classics. BARDBENDING: A SAME-SEX SHAKESPEARE SAMPLER uses a unique lens to view how gender defines (and redefines) some of the greatest stories ever told.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Be True To You: BenAnna Band Family Concert

Our little friends are still discovering what it means to be themselves and be empowered while cheering others on. In this interactive concert, the BenAnna Band will lead a validating, encouraging experience that explores affirmations, celebrating identity, and using our brave, kind voices and hearts for ourselves, our friends and our family. BenAnna Band is a musical duo that focuses on inclusion and performance for all ages, abilities and identities.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance: Baden Street Settlement Gymnasium
  • Genre: Kids Fringe
  • Location Type: Indoor

Bebop to Bach

Make and play your own musical instruments as you turn the Spiegelgarden into a giant orchestra pit! Presented by the Harley School.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

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