Rochester Fringe Festival

Rochester City Ballet performs two ballets during Fringe. Company member Benjamin Rabe  presents “Tunnel Vision.” The work manipulates phrases of dance to explore the best and the worst of the emotional capacity that makes us human. 

Former company member Francesca Genovese will choreograph “Rise Up Lights.” It is a non-stop thread of movement and celebration of power in dance emphasizes the force of female dancers. A short performance choreographed by Fringe favorite Jim Hansen also will be part of “Rise Up Lights.”

You can see each piece independently or back-to-back on Saturday nights at SOTA. While scrolling through the Fringe calendar, you will see four opportunities to see each show!

“Rise Up Lights” is Friday, Sept. 13 at 5:30, Saturday Sept. 14 at 5, Friday Sept. 20 at 5:30 & Saturday Sept. 21 at 5:30. All times are pm.

“Tunnel Vision” is Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4, Thursday Sept. 19 at 5:30 and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 4:30. All times are pm 


You can see the shows back-to-back on Saturdays.

The link will take you to all the SOTA dance shows, it will say “All Shows.” Scroll down until you see the show you want, click on it, and then you can choose your performance.

The Nutcracker with the RPO

Tara Simoncic, conductor
Rochester City Ballet
Jamey Leverett, Production Artistic Director
Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director

The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling snow and delectable sweets as enchanting dance from Rochester City Ballet pairs with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, performed in all its glory by the RPO. This beloved story of a young girl’s Christmas Eve dream never fails to touch the heart, and is the perfect start to the holiday season.

The Nutcracker at Canandaigua Academy

Rochester City Ballet returns to Canandaigua Academy for a more intimate Nutcracker. Performed to recorded music, this beloved tale of a Christmas Eve dream warms the heart and is the perfect start to the holiday season. Former Artistic Director Jamey Leverett returns to direct this lavish production

December 7 & 8, at Canandaigua Academy Theatre (to taped music)


Moulin d’Paris

Rochester City Ballet has received its first National Endowment for the Arts grant in its history to commission The Chautauqua Institution’s resident choreographer, Mark Diamond, to create a world-premiere ballet set in Paris, 1900. (Story adapted from novel of Alexandre Dumas, Lady of the Camellias) Armand has moved to Paris to study poetry. He is staying with his old friend Francois, who is a connoisseur of Paris’ hedonistic nightlife. The best way to introduce Armand to this exciting world is to take him to Paris’ hottest nightclub. The minute you step inside there are no boundaries to the color, music, sensuous characters, and timeless experiences. Armand is thrilled by all of this until he sets his eyes on Lisette, the club’s beautiful star. Being naive and hopelessly in love, he begins a painful education into the realities behind the cabaret’s stage.

February 28 & 29, March 1, at Nazareth College Arts Center


The Ugly Duckling

Rochester City Ballet commissioned this familiar story from former BalletMet principal dancer Jimmy Orrante in 2015. Back due to popular demand, this family friendly tale combines comedy, disco geese, and a bit of drama as the audience watches a RCB ballerina turn into a beautiful swan.

May 15 & 16, at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

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