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Fringe Festival

Tom Caravaglia

A Rochester native and world renowned choreographer has returned home for opening weekend of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth Streb is founder of the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY. Her performers combine dance and athletics in a series of daring feats.

"We have a mantra - kind of a battle cry, excuse the expression, 'higher, stronger, harder, faster.' And that's what we try to do with every second,” she said. “The pieces are short; there are six of them, and they fly and the beautiful thing is, then they crash."

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is coming. We hear from a whirlwind of performers, who will preview the wide range of shows. Get ready. The guest list:

Fred SanFilipo / for WXXI News

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival continues through the weekend and into the new week, with more than 500 performances in over 25 venues.

The Spiegeltent, located near Main and Gibbs Streets, continues to draw some of the biggest crowds, including the 'Cabinet of Wonders' which is billed as "physical comedy, contortion, juggling, aerial dance, and a one-legged tap dancer." (pics by photographer Fred SanFilipo  of that revue are in this story).

The Fringe Festival runs through Saturday, September 26th. 

Fred SanFilipo / for WXXI News

The HSBC Building in Rochester was once again the backdrop for one of the most popular events at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

Grounded Aerial, a New York City-based high-flying act did their dancing on the side of the 21-story building, with a big crowd of people packing Martin Luther King  Jr. Park at Manhattan Square.

When the ‘Fringe’ started four years ago, a similar act, BANDALOOP, also drew big crowds to that venue.

The Fringe is ready to roll, with more than 500 shows in more than 25 venues. You know: venues like a Spiegeltent, which is not the kind you camped out in in your back yard, or a parked car, or major stages around town. This is a festival with all shapes and sizes, and our guests will prepare you. There's even a participatory show designed specifically for our city. Giving us a preview:

  • Erica Fee, Fringe producer
  • Joerg Karrenbauer, Remote Rochester
  • Kerry young, president of TheatreROCS, creator of Dashboard Dramas, Bushwhacked, and Hot Tub the Musical
  • John Borek, MuCCC

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Sep 26, 2013

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Uninsured Monroe County residents can start shopping for health insurance on October 1st. The experts break down what folks need to know about the new health exchanges.
  • Jobs are plentiful in the building trades and advanced manufacturing field, but a skilled workforce in this arena is lacking. We look at how vocational schools can help fill in the gap.
  • Some of the key players in the Fringe Festival performance, Anomaly, stop by the WXXI Studios to talk about the message behind their multi-art show.
  • We’ve got the details on a computer program that can help improve your social skills. It was developed by a new University of Rochester faculty member.

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Sep 23, 2013

On this week's show we're digging into the Affordable Care Act just before the New York Health Insurance Exchange opens next week.  Send us your questions so we can get them answered on-set. Also, it's Fringe Fest mania! The artistic directors/performers of one highly-acclaimed show are in the WXXI studios. It's an all-new Need to Know Rochester, Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV. Channel 21 and Cable 11 or 1011.

Fringe Festival Starts Wednesday

Sep 18, 2012

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is coming up this week on Wednesday. The event will showcase over 180 performances at nearly 2 dozen downtown venues.
The world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir, comedian Patton Oswalt and Rochester's own The Campbell Brothers are among the many performers. Festival producer, Erica Fee, says people will able to sample all sorts of different performing artists and visual arts all in one day.
The ariel dance group Project Bandaloop will perform on the side of the 21-story HSBC Building on Thursday.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Project Bandaloop are among the top acts for Rochester’s first Fringe Festival.

The event includes 180 performances taking place at 21 venues in downtown Rochester. Local talent will have a chance to showcase their work through music, dance, comedy and film.

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