Donna Davenport, professor of dance and coordinator of the Social Justice Studies Program, and Kelly Johnson, assistant professor of dance, have been commissioned by BioDance, a Rochester contemporary dance company, to choreograph socially conscious dance for the company and perform in upcoming Geva Theater concerts.
As a part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, the BIO/DANCE & SOCIAL JUSTICE project will present four performances at Geva Theater Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd: Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Davenport will present a new piece titled “Lined Up for Injustice” on seven BioDance members and her salsa-inspired solo, “Devolvement to Liberty.” Johnson has re-set her poignant ensemble, “In the palm of our hands,” on alumna Kaitley Wozer ’15; current students Elizabeth Strano ’16, Becky Geisinger ’17, and Ashley de Los Santos ’17; and members of BioDance. Johnson will also perform her powerful solo, “Daily Reflection,” to a sound score by motivational speaker Eric Thomas.
This collection of socially conscious dance works from Artistic Director Missy Pfolh Smith, along with regional and national artists, responds to the injustice that persists in our world. Through premieres of new choreography, performance, music, and spoken word in four distinct programs, this concert invites reflection on diverse perspectives of inequality in society today.
In addition to Davenport and Johnson, artists include: Lev Earle, Equal Footing Dance, Kelly Ferris Lester, Missy Pfohl Smith, Marcia Vanderlee and Umoja Drummers, and Allen C. Topolski, sculptor.
The project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Livingston Arts, a member supported organization.
Tickets available online: rochesterfringe.com and at the venue door one hour before start of show.
The photo above features Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson performing “Daily Reflection.”