Best Seat in the House: First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Posted at: 07/18/2013 4:53 PM | Updated at: 07/18/2013 6:10 PM
By: Janet Lomax |

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It's the unleashing of creative power.  It's controlled artistic chaos. Whatever you call it, 33,000 people loved it.

The Rochester area got its first taste of what a fringe festival is last year when it made its debut in Rochester. This year, it is back and organizers say it is bolder.

Erica Fee is once again producing the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.  We asked her to describe this year's event. She said, "This year, we're definitely a surly teenager. Last year, we were a baby fringe. We've grown up a bit. We've gotten a bit of an attitude. We're back."

And the festival is back with attitude. This year, more than 360 performances, double the number from last year.

Fee says expect, the unexpected. Three nights, there will be a silent disco at Main and Gibbs Streets inside the new Spiegeltent, an elaborate dance and music hall that will also house a Cirque du Soleil style show.

Fee said, "We're actually doing a nightly show called Cirque du Fringe being made for us right now in Orlando. It's an adult circus acrobatics, very sassy, fun show every night."

With 360 different kinds of shows, in a ten day span, how in the world do you pick and choose?

Fee said, "You can sort the different shows you might be interested in by venue, by date, also by genre. You can stick to comedy, or stick to dance or do whatever you want."

Tickets for the 2013 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival are now on sale. For more information, click here.

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