25 June 2021 • Arts Wander and Wonder Dance Performances to Feature HWS Dancers

HWS faculty and alums dance at Rochester Museum and Science Center event.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) will present two outdoor dance performances that will include HWS faculty and alums. “Wander,” a site-specific dance tour, will take place on Monday and Thursday, June 28 and July 1, and “Wonder,” a stationary dance concert, will be performed on Tuesday and Friday, June 29 and July 2. All performances are at 7 p.m.

A bench on the grounds of RMSC.

A bench on the grounds of RMSC.

In the “Wander” performance, the audience is invited to travel from site to site to watch the performance unfold on the grounds of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. In “Wonder,” the audience will watch the program from one location at RMSC.

Performances will feature Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, recent alums Isabella Siddall ’21 and James Truley ’21, who both graduated in May with majors in dance and physics, and HWS Adjunct Professors of Dance Zachary Frazee, Missy Pfhol Smith and Alaina Olivieri.

In “Wander,” Davenport will present a new site-specific choreography about climate change titled “Transmuted Lens,” which will be danced by Siddall using a painted bench on the grounds of RMSC. The bench features the words “reduce, reuse, recycle” at its base. Along the back of the bench, a barren tree is painted in front of rolling green hills.

Tickets are “pay what you want/can” with a percentage of ticket sales being donated to the MOCHA Center, a home for LBGTQ+ communities of color. “Wander” and “Wonder” are sponsored by Biodance and Sacathenia Dance.

This summer, Davenport, Frazee and Pfohl Smith will also present choreography with alumna Bethany Fagan Good ’10 in the virtual Dances at Multi-use Community and Cultural Center in Rochester. The 2021 virtual Festival of Contemporary Dance will be live streamed at 8 p.m. each night from Wednesday, June 30 through Friday, July 2. The festival will be On Demand from Friday, July 2 until Saturday, July 10. The ticket price starts at $5.