Three performances at RAPA @ SOTA with world premiere
PLUS: PUSH Workshop at Day of Dance on Sat., Sept. 17

Rochester, NY – Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre returns to the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 15 – Saturday, September 24) for its fifth time in five years. PUSH will present three, all-ages performances at RAPA @ SOTA’s Allen Main Stage Theatre (45 Prince St.): Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and available now at rochesterfringe.com or 585-957-9837 (phone fees apply), or starting Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Fringe Box Office (corner of Main & Gibbs Sts.), or at the venue door one hour before show time. (PUSH shows tend to sell out, so advance sale is suggested).

All three performances will feature works culled from PUSH’s 16 years of intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry. In addition, Fringe audiences will see the world premiere of “0’s and 1’s,” an exploration of “us versus them” that is one of PUSH’s more ambitious projects to date – both artistically and physically.

“Dealing with carrying and operating portable video projectors and flashlights while being trapped inside bags has forced us to create new methods of communicating with each other just to get through rehearsals,” explains PUSH Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director Darren Stevenson. “It’s comforting to know that we’ll be sharing this piece with our hometown audience first.”

PUSH has had a very busy summer of teaching – between its PUSH Pins Camp for kids, its PUSH Teen Training, and its Summer Intensive for adults from all over the world – and the company will continue in that mode with its first Fringe PUSH Workshop, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. As part of RAPA @ SOTA’s Day of Dance, the company’s introductory, fun workshop will allow participants to challenge themselves at their own pace. Whether an actor, dancer, athlete or artist, a complete beginner or a professional, PUSH’s system of training will help participants control their bodies, first through posture, breath, etc. Then, students will try lifting, climbing, throwing and experimenting together safely using basic PUSH techniques that include “listening” with your body. Tickets are $8 (same availability as above).

More about PUSH: PUSH Physical Theatre was founded in Rochester, NY in 2000 by husband-and-wife team, Darren and Heather Stevenson, with a mission to push the boundaries of conventional theatre. For 15 years, this talented group of performers has been inspiring awe and igniting emotion with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high jinx. In addition to Darren and Heather, the current company also features veteran PUSHer Jonathan Lowery, former Cirque du Soleil performer Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, and new member, Rochester’s Katherine Marino. In addition to a busy touring schedule that continues to take them all over the U.S. and the world, these masters of physical storytelling were finalists on truTV’s Fake Off in 2014 (Season One), during which judge/Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. said: “You guys are superhuman!” They are also very involved in arts-in-education programs, often working with at-risk children. In 2009, Darren and Heather received the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, as well as the Anton Germano Dance Award. The following year, they were invited to speak about PUSH’s unique artistic process at TEDx Rochester. PUSH has been profiled on PBS and NPR, and is represented by Robin Klinger Entertainment. More information is available at www.pushtheatre.org.