Sep. 11, 2012

Bhangra Dance Team, “PICk Love” Musical Set for Rochester Fringe Festival Performance


GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo Bhangra, the college's competitive Indian dance team, and a musical theater production produced by a college alumnus will be among performances in the Rochester Fringe Festival Sept. 19-23.

The Geneseo Bhangra Team will perform Sept. 22 at 4:30 at the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA) East End Theatre, 727 E. Main St. The musical "PICk Love" is scheduled twice during the festival: Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. and Sept 22 at 7 p.m., both in the RAPA East End Theatre.

The Bhangra performance is free. Tickets for the "PICk Love" performances are $15, available online, by phone at 585-454-2100, at the Eastman Theatre Box Office or at the door, if still available. "PICk Love" cast members will present a free musical theater workshop for those age 14 and older Sept. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the RAPA East End Theatre.

SUNY Geneseo is a higher education partner for the festival, the first of its kind in Rochester. The festival is featuring some 180 performances celebrating the performing and visual arts in the heart of Rochester's East End.

"Geneseo is pleased to partner in this exciting Rochester arts project, which we hope will become a tradition," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo. "The strong support for this diverse festival of the lively arts is an indication of the value that the Rochester community places on the arts and demonstrates how such initiatives enrich our lives and enhance economic development in the region."

Randy Barbara Kaplan, professor of theater, is the faculty adviser for the all-student Bhangra team, which focuses on a type of dance that comes from the Punjabi culture of Pakistan and India. It is a high-energy dance that was originally a celebration of harvest and is now commonly performed at weddings. The team performs at a variety of campus events throughout the year.

Geneseo musical theater alumnus and Rochester native Michael Radi is the composer/librettist of "PICk Love" and will be musical director at the festival performances. David E. Shane will be directing the all-star cast directly from New York City, where Radi lives. The production, which Radi first produced on campus as a student, takes a humorous and heartfelt look at the different stages of love.

The fringe festival concept began in 1947 when eight theater groups turned up - uninvited - to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term "fringe festival" to describe the renegade performers and today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide.

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