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About 2,500 people attended free performances and events by Rochester Institute of Technology students, faculty and staff during the first weekend of the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. The event of more than 500 eclectic performances continues though Saturday at various venues in downtown Rochester.
RIT is a sponsor of the community collaborative event, now in its fourth year. The festival is a celebration of the performing and visual arts in downtown Rochester, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers.
View a video from RIT performances from the first weekend of the festival.
RIT-related events this coming weekend include Al Biles and GenJam jazz, The Galileo Band (faculty), Dangerous Signs, Digital Stories from RIT performance art, Kill House live art, Vocal Accent a capella, Signatures Magazine Presents poetry, Eight Beat Measure, Brick City Singers, RIT Surround Sound, Proof of Purchase, RIT Players Backstage, RIT Singers, The Sunshine Group and RIT Improv comedy.
All RIT-related events are free and will be held at Gallery r, 100 College Ave.; Little Theatre and the Little Café, 240 East Ave. Some performances at other venues may require tickets, which will range from $3 to $25.
An art exhibit, Theater of War, features images of war and a performance of how contemporary conflict is absorbed in popular culture. Players will create narratives based on news accounts of current conflicts.
“The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival brings artists to our city who are not afraid to think outside the box and take risks,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “Events like this improve the quality of life in Rochester, which helps us create more jobs, safer and more vibrant streets, and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”
Luane Davis Haggerty, director of Dangerous Signs, said it is important to be part of such a large community art event.
“One of RIT’s missions is innovation,” she said. “Fringe theater is innovation at its finest, so having students involved and exposed to a level of experimental and experiential theater opens new pathways for them.”
Here’s a sampling of other RIT festival offerings:
For a complete schedule of RIT Fringe events (and notations on interpreted performances) as well as the shuttle schedule to and from RIT, go to www.rit.edu/fringefest or contact RIT Director of Special Events, Lynn Rowoth, at 585-475-7408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.