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Co-Creating a Movement Piece with the Deaf Refugee Advocacy of Rochester for the first international

For the past few months, my incredible colleague, physical artist and circus performer Avi Pryntz-Nadworny and I have had the most amazing opportunity to work with an ensemble of deaf refugees in Rochester to create a new movement work for the Reach out: Empowering Deaf Refugees International Conference at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It's incredible think back to our first day together and see how far we have come and how much we have learned as a group, and how much this experience has taught me. It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects I've been a part of to date, and I can't wait for Rochester to experience this powerful group's work this weekend at the Reach Out: Empowering Deaf Refugees International Conference. ______ Rochester, NY is known for having one of the largest deaf communities in America, as well as a vibrant community of refugees from all over the world. Deaf Refugee Advocacy in Rochester recognizes that deaf refugees have unique needs that are best served and assisted by the general Deaf community, serving as a bridge with current organizations and agencies to ensure inclusion of Deaf refugees into our Rochester Deaf community.

This spring, Deaf Refugee Advocacy in Rochester collaborated with physical theatre artists Maya June Dwyer and Avi Pryntz-Nadworny to provide a new class to Rochester deaf refugees, focused on physical storytelling and expression through movement. For the past two months, this ensemble has been working together to devise a new movement piece based on each of their experiences.

On Saturday, June 22nd at 7pm, this unique new piece devised by the ensemble will be presented alongside a new physical theatre work created by Avi Pryntz-Nadworny and Maya June Dwyer during their time with the Deaf Refugee Advocacy this spring.

Join us to experience the incredible stories of this ensemble firsthand, and celebrate the strength and perseverance of the Rochester deaf refugee community.