Garth Fagan Dance:
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
For nearly 50 years, the critics have raved that “an evening spent with Garth Fagan Dance is a humanity-affirming event” (Los Angeles Times).
A true Rochester treasure, internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance packs a punch with Fagan’s signature technique which marries the gravity of modern dance, the precision of ballet, and the power of Afro-Caribbean styles.
This year’s program will include a varying mixture of the following pieces, plus other works by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell to be announced:
The North Star, Garth Fagan’s celebration of the life of 19th-century abolitionist, orator, author, and Rochester icon Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial of his birth, featuring a brilliant score by veteran Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Walter Blanding.
Distant Kin, an impressionist work choreographed by Bessie Award-winner/GFD Rehearsal Director Norwood Pennewell. In this, his ninth piece created for the company, seven dancers perform to the electronic music of “Gold Town” and “Ghajar” by Stavroz, and “Für die liebe” by Matthew Dekay and Lee Burridge.
“…ING,” an exploration of relationships with music by the Emerson String Quartet with David Shifrin.
Time After Before Place, Garth Fagan’s creation story with music by the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Prelude: Discipline is Freedom (1983): an opening piece that introduces Garth Fagan’s distinctive style of dance through classroom exercises that build in complexity to a jubilant finale. Music by pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) and percussionist Max Roach.
In addition, both Family Holiday Matinees will feature the Garth Fagan Dance Student Ensemble (from the Garth Fagan Dance School) previewing “Forethought in Motion,” an abstract work with music by William Grant Still.
Single tickets: $40–$55 (eligible for Arts Center subscriber discounts)
The following discounts are also available: $15 tickets for children/students under 18 as well as college students with ID (in person only), a 20% senior discount (use code GFDSENIOR), and a 20% discount for groups of 10 more (use code GROUP20). Please note: prior sales are excluded, and online ticket buyers must log in to Nazareth College's Online Sales in order to redeem discounts.
To further entice the hometown holiday crowd to experience one of Rochester’s true gems, Garth Fagan Dance is offering some festive extras and special incentives below: