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GARTH FAGAN DANCE AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

March 15, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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GARTH FAGAN DANCE

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., March 8, 2010Acclaimed for his Tony Award-winning choreography for Broadway’s “The Lion King,” Garth Fagan remains one of the great reformers of American dance. For more than 40 years, Fagan has honed his incomparable revelatory technique – a blend of ballet, modern and Afro-Caribbean movements – with dancers who are unmatched for their individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism and virtuosity. His dazzling company, Garth Fagan Dance, takes the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m., performing a mixture of classic pieces from Fagan’s repertoire, as well as contemporary favorites. “A prime example of the versatility and sophistication of concert dance in this new century.” (Los Angeles Times) A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“Fagan’s dances are perhaps the most profound and original in contemporary dance today.” (Star-Ledger) Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fagan began his career touring with Ivy Baxter and her national dance company from Jamaica while in his early 20s. Baxter and several other dance teachers from his home became a major influence on his work, as well as Martha Graham, José Limón, Mary Hinkson and Alvin Ailey, with whom Fagan studied after moving to New York. He accepted a professorship at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1969, and taught dance at the SUNY-affiliated Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester. In 1970s, Fagan launched his own dance company consisting of inner-city youth and students who came to dance late, which he named “Bottom of the Bucket, But … Dance Theatre.” As his dancers improved and the company began to receive recognition in the dance world, Fagan changed his name to The Bucket Dance Theater, and later Garth Fagan Dance. In addition to his Tony Award, Fagan has received numerous prestigious honors for his work including a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, an Ovation Award, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Dance Magazine Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from SUNY Brockport, and has also received honorary doctorates from The Juilliard School, the University of Rochester, Nazareth College of Rochester, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Wayne State University.

Now in its 39th season, Fagan’s Rochester, N.Y.-based company has received many accolades for its excellence and originality, including a New York Governor’s Arts Award and five New York Performance Awards (“Bessies”). Garth Fagan Dance has performed at prestigious international venues and dance festivals, including France’s Maison de la Danse and Chateauvallon Festival, Turkey’s Istanbul Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. In the United States, the company has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Spoleto USA, Dance/Aspen, the first National Black Arts Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Center and the Joyce Theater. The company has been featured on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and PBS’s “Great Performances – Dance in America,” as well as the 66th Annual Academy Awards. Garth Fagan Dance has also performed at the openings the American Center in Paris after its renovation, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

Tickets for GARTH FAGAN DANCE are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.