RIT offers film and photography, music, belly dancing and ukuleles at this year’s Fringe Festival
Free shuttle service to and from campus is once again offered to Rochester Institute of Technology students who wish to attend weekend events at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, which begins Tuesday and runs through September 21 at the center- city of Rochester.
Students, faculty, staff and members of Osher from RIT are part of the 12-day lineup of more than 570 eclectic performances during the festival.
RIT is also a major educational sponsor of the community collaborative event, now in its eighth year. The festival is a celebration of the performing and visual arts at over 30 venues in downtown Rochester, showcasing world-renowned artists as well as up-and-coming artists. More than 78,000 people attended last year’s festival.
Over 150 of the festival’s events are free, including all 35 RIT performances and exhibits, most of which will be held at Little Theater #5 and The Café, 240 East Ave.
Rochester’s Fringe Festival is New York State’s largest multi-genre arts festival and is recognized among more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide for its large-scale, outdoor, free-to-audience performances.
“Nancy and I look forward to seeing the creative talents found in our campus community shared with the greater Rochester community,” said RIT President David Munson. “This festival, which embraces creativity in all its forms, helps us showcase the variety of talent we have at RIT, and we are proud that RIT has supported Rochester’s Fringe Festival since its inception.”
“The arts bring people together, and there is nothing better than seeing the streets of the city filled with people from all parts of our community, as well as visitors from all over, enjoying all kinds of performances in a wide range of locations,” said Deborah Stendardi, RIT’s vice president for government and community relations.
Garegin Grigoryan, RIT student, Ph.D. student from Moscow, Russia has signed up to perform piano songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles and pop music by Queen and Lionel Richie at this year’s festival.
“I just want to play for an audience,” he said. “It will also help me be more confident at research conferences.”
RIT offerings at this year’s Fringe Festival include (*denotes performed):
- * Dangerous signsSigned Shorts, a collection of one-act sketches and songs performed in American Sign Language.
- WADAIKOtraditional Japanese percussion.
- RIT Ukulele Clubperforms classical and contemporary songs.
- RIT Vocal Accentan all-female a cappella group performs uplifting and emotionally charged music.
- Al Biles and Gen Jamjazz performed by man and computer.
- Al Biles Quartetjazz show
- *RIT improvementstudent improvisational comedy show with three troupes: BrainWreck, Improvessionals and Work-In-Progress.
- * Shoe Stories: My Life With 400 Pairs of Shoes, Thomas Warfield, Director of Dance at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, takes audiences on a whimsical journey through storytelling, music and dance. Each pair of shoes is linked to a history of more than 40 years of travels around the world in more than 100 countries.
- The Galileo band: dance to the musicfaculty and staff perform “wellness” music.
- *Sunshine 2.0, “The wild design”, touring theater group from NTID, performs an inspired performance of “The Wild Designs” at the Peabody Essex Museum which featured works by artists who look to nature and living systems to find new ideas and creative solutions to human problems .
- Jump over the moon with a cow, chickens, yaks and you!Howie Lester plays banjo, sarangi and fiddle.
- Covers, Premium Rock and Bluesa four-piece rock and blues band plays lesser-known classics from the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, White Stripes, Neil Young and Muddy Waters.
- RIT Players Presents: Too Much Light Makes Baby Blindstudents present 15 short comic, tragic, political, personal and abstract pieces in 30 minutes.
- Desynchronizeda live experience that combines abstract art, avant-garde cinema and experimental music into the realm of live performance, beginning with hand-painted film loops.
- RIT surround sounda male a cappella group specializing in barber music.
- RIT A Cappella Timefour of RIT’s a cappella groups perform: Proof of Purchase, Brick City Singers, Encore and Eight Beat Measure.
- Photo House: Exposedimages of students from the RIT Photo House are shown.
- Signatures Literary and artistic magazineRIT’s undergraduate arts and literature magazine features poetry and prose readings by RIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
- RIT School of Film and Animation Honors Show 2019a selection of the more than 300 projects that the students carried out this year.
- Bill Dresnack, Versatile CPAperforming original songs on harmonica and guitar.
- An evening without a froga tribute to the Michigan Amphibian Artist J. Frog.
- MAO live codingthe code – written live in front of the audience – is generated using C Sound to explore the intersection of timbres, beats, bytes and time.
- RIT Photojournalism Documentary Shortsa selection of videos created by RIT photojournalism students.
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Artistsexhibition by artists from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
- Poultry Game Comedy, a showcase of some of Fowl Play Comedy’s best original sketches.
- RIT Jam Club live!RIT student musicians play a variety of songs in different genres.
- *Mental graffiti poetryslam poetry by students who will share original poems and favorite pieces.
- Desert Rhythmsbelly dancing with swirling veils and dueling swords.
- The Quarternion Drifter(s): Interactivator(s) of quirky songs and dancessong and dance routines that highlight syncopated rhythms and out-of-this-world polymeters.
- re | verbpart of City Art Space’s Faculty in Focus service, it is a collaborative exhibition featuring faculty members from the School of Art showing research and material explorations in glass, ceramics , metal, video, installation and more.
- Again a cappellaall-female a cappella group performs songs spanning several decades.
- piano manRIT student Garegin Grigoryan plays the piano, playing pop and rock songs including some by Queen, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Elton John.
- * At Home: A Black Deaf Son’s Journey with His Dada one-hour show, written and performed in ASL by Fred Michael Beam, with vocal interpretation.
- Cigarettes insidean indie alternative rock band performs.
For a complete schedule of RIT Fringe events (and notes on performed performances) as well as the shuttle schedule to and from RIT, go to www.rit.edu/fringefest or contact the RIT Assistant Vice President for special events Lynn Rowoth at 585-475-7408 or [email protected]