Geva, Garth Fagan Dance among groups earning Farash grants

05:00 AM, Nov 27, 2013

Garth Fagan Dance earned a Farash grant to expand its after-school program at the YMCA. (SHAWN DOWD/ / staff file photo)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff writer

Five local arts entities have each been awarded $100,000 grants from The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation to pursue collaborative endeavors within the community.

The groups submitted proposals for what the Farash Charitable Foundation called “cultural creative collision,” and selected these projects for the awards:

• Geva Theatre Center’s “Journey to the Son.” The regional theater is planning a four-day multimedia celebration by musicians, writers, artists, and actors to celebrate pioneering blues musician Son House, who lived anonymously in Rochester for nearly four decades before his re-discovery.

• Rochester Oratorio Society’s Interactive Classical Visions Project. Created by Sound ExChange, this is an experimental music lab and performance group rooted in the Eastman School of Music. Eight concerts will merge classical music with digital technology that encourages audience participation through mobile devices and social networking. The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Rochester Institute of Technology faculty, Microsoft Studios and area schools also will participate.

• African mask project. Baobab Cultural Center leadsseven organizations, four artists and RIT’s Office for Diversity & Inclusion in a demonstration of the masks and ceremonial attire through visual, folk, music, dance and performance artists. Plans call for a mask-making workshop, mask-making clubs, a lecture and film series, a masquerade ball and a photo and costume exhibit.

• Garth Fagan Dance youth project. Joining former Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Arild Remmereit, the YMCA of Greater Rochester and the Rochester Police Department, the company will create a series of free public dances to an original score by Remmereit. Other aspects of the collaboration are after-school classes in contemporary dance (which the dance company began at the Y earlier in the fall), field trips to area cultural institutions and workshops addressing bullying, street safety, nutrition and the role of music and the visual arts in dance.

• Ganondagan interpretive center. Friends of Ganondagan will blend traditional Native dancers, modern dancers, filmmakers, animators, and traditional Iroquois and contemporary musiciansin creating a 12-minute film, the first contemporary interpretation of the ancient Iroquois Creation Story of the Haudenosaunee people. A 12-minute film, using a combination of dance and animation, will mark the first time the creation story has been recorded and artistically interpreted and made available to the general public. Garth Fagan Dance and the RIT School of Film and Animation will also participate.