Four performances at SOTA with DRACULA sneak peek

PLUS: Three Physical Theatre Workshops for all

Rochester, NY –Internationally renowned PUSH Physical Theatre returns to the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 14 – Saturday, September 23) for its sixth time in six years. PUSH will present four, all-ages performances at School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre (45 Prince St.): Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and available online at rochesterfringe.com, by phone at 585-957-9837 (phone fees apply), or in person starting Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Fringe Box Office (corner of Main & Gibbs Sts.) or at the venue door one hour before show time (if tickets remain).

All four performances will feature works culled from PUSH’s 17 years of intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry. In addition, Fringe audiences will see a special sneak peek at an all-new PUSH Physical Theatre’s DRACULA, opening at Blackfriars Theatre for 11 shows on Tuesday, October 31 (yes, Halloween!) through Sunday, November 12.

“We always love performing for the hometown crowd at Fringe,” says PUSH Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director Darren Stevenson. “And we’re happy that Rochester will get a first look at our new DRACULA before we start touring it all over the country in October.”

PUSH will also present three, hour-long, introductory Physical Theatre Workshops at SOTA in the Black Box Theatre. Each is age-appropriate, nurturing, and suitable for beginner to pro:  Sunday, Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. for ages 14+; Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. for ages 4-10; and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-14. Tickets are $8 and available as above.

PUSH has had a very busy summer, starting off with its first show written specifically for young people. PUSH Pins, the children’s division of PUSH, presented the world premiere of Busy Bodies: Compound Words in Motion in June at Blackfriars Theatre. July was all about teaching – at PUSH Pins Physical Theatre Camp for kids, PUSH’s Teen Mentorship Program, and its two-week Summer Intensive for adults from all over the world. And then: intensive rehearsals for DRACULA!

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 17 years, these masters of motion have been inspiring awe and igniting emotion with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high jinks. The current company also features veteran PUSHer Jonathan Lowery, former Cirque du Soleil performer Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, and Fulbright scholar and dancer Katherine Marino. In addition to a busy touring schedule that continues to take them all over the U.S. and the world, PUSH 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’re also very involved in arts-in-education programs and run their own PUSH Pins Summer Camp, Teen Training, and Summer Intensive for adult students from all over the world. Full-length works include PUSH’s Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, Arc of Ages, as well as 2013’s choreography for composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated opera, Comala. In 2016, Zohn-Muldoon, fellow Eastman School of Music faculty and composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, PUSH, and many other Mexican and U.S. artists collaborated on a multi-media opera called Don’t Blame Anyone (No Se Culpe), for which they received the Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award from the University of Rochester. Many shorter works include “Red Ball,” a study of interplay between the real and virtual worlds using iPad technology, created in collaboration with RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Darren and Heather are recipients of both the Anton Germano Dance Award and the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, and have spoken about their 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 pushtheatre.org.

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