RIT/NTID Participates in Rochester Fringe Festival

RIT/NTID student Andrea Mariani practices a scene from Astro Dance.
Story Highlights: 
  • Dangerous Signs, performing poetry and short stories in American Sign Language, is part of the festival with three appearances.
  • Astro Dance, a new concept combining astrophysics and modern dance, can be seen at the Little Theatre.
  • 180 activities are planned at more than 20 venues in Rochester.
  • Many of the events are free, but tickets are required for other events. Visit the Fringe Festival calendar for more information.

Dance performances, movies, theater and music are just some of the 180 activities planned for the 2012 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, Sept. 19-23 at more than 20 venues in Rochester.

The Fringe Festival is a multi-day, multi-genre arts festival where venues decide their own programming.

RIT, a higher education partner for the festival, will be well represented with music, theater and visual arts.

So, too, will the RIT/NTID community. Dangerous Signs performs poetry and short stories in American Sign Language in the Little Café, 240 East Ave., on Sept. 21, from 6-7 p.m.; at 8 p.m. on Gibbs Street; and from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 in Little Theatre 1.

The cast includes faculty member and director Luane Davis Haggerty, as well as students Jamal Jones, Timothy Holmes, Malik Paris, Jonathan Petermon, Eden Anderson, Samantha Geffen, Matthew Parsley, Nic Shaw, Nicole Hood, and alumni Eddie Swayze, Troy Chapman and Joseph Fox.

“Since moving to Rochester from New York City, where I ran my own theater company, I have come in contact with so many highly talented and professional theater artists here in Rochester,” Haggerty says. “I am thrilled that the Fringe Festival will bring us all together so Rochester can really see and appreciate the wealth of theater we have.”

And Astro Dance, a choreographed dance performance linking arts and astrophysics, can be seen in Little Theatre I from 6-7 p.m. on Sept. 22. RIT/NTID students and alumni in the performance include Joseph Fox, Andrea Mariani, Nicole Hood, Nic Shaw and Antonietta Alfano, along with RIT students Leen Massillon and Jarlisa Corbett. NTID’s director of dance, Thomas Warfield, conceived, choreographed and directs the project, which is expected to be performed nationwide in the coming months. The project, a collaboration between NTID, RIT's College of Science and RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, was funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Jim Orr, an interpreter and community relations coordinator of NTID’s Cultural & Creative Studies Department, is also planning to interpret for the headline comedian, Patton Oswalt at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.

The performances by Dangerous Signs and Astro Dance are free, but other events during the festival require tickets. Visit the festival schedule for more information.

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