Updated: February 08, 2021 05:49 PM
Created: February 08, 2021 05:42 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked the world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance Company to help kick off the return of performing arts later this month across the State.
The arts have been largely sidelined since the start of the pandemic. News10NBC visited the dance company Monday afternoon to find out when, and where they'll be performing.
It's back to rehearsals for dancers at the dance company. Starting on Feb. 21, the company will perform three 30 minute shows at the Magic Spell Studios at RIT. This is all part of "New York Pops-Up," a statewide performing arts initiative to revitalize the industry.
"The arts community is one of the hardest community hit," Acting Executive Director William Ferguson II said. "You know we're, unfortunately, they don't see us as essential, but peace of mind, and pleasant spirits, and the availability to see beyond your hardships is one of the things that the arts do for everybody."
Garth Fagan Dance has received numerous awards, and accolades for their performance that features contemporary modern dance.
"We have the speed and precision of ballet. The use of back, and lower back of African, and Afro-Caribbean music, of Caribbean dance, and intellectual landscapes of modern, postmodern dance," Ferguson said.
The first three shows are a tribute to essential workers at RIT that helped keep the school open during the pandemic. Ferguson says a lottery system will determine who gets to be in the audience. Each attendee must also test negative for covid before the show in order to enter. Once in, they will see the legacy of the dance company's performance.
"It's so amazing that we're able to give the staff an opportunity to getaway. You know to intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally you know. We'll take them on a little journey that I hope will recharge them, and rejuvenate them to continue the hard work that they're doing," Ferguson said.
The "New York Pops-Up" initiative will feature 300 events in 100 days.
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