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  • Forces of Nature: Lightning, Water, Music and Movement

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 in Review | 0

    A lighthouse guides a ship to safety. A lightning rod diverts a bolt from a structure by providing a direct path to the ground. Still, the opening images of “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” a new work by the choreographer Garth Fagan, with loose, exuberant music by the jazz composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, hint at danger as much as at security. Dancers, wearing aquatically themed purples and blues, move spontaneously, as if caught in a riptide: with little warning, they change direction, hopping forward on one leg while taking freestyle strokes in the air with a single arm or collapsing and dangling their fingers toward the floor. Without being too heavy-handed, Mr. Fagan shows that the waters surrounding his “Lighthouse,” as the first section is named, are anything but tranquil.   Keep reading »

  • Dance Review: Fagan collaboration with Marsalis debuts with fanfare

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 in | 0

    Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis joined forces for their second collaboration, premiering a new work and revitalizing excerpts from a famed repertory piece at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Thursday night to a packed audience that included Brooklyn Nets players and composer Philip Glass. The concert celebrated a number of milestones: BAM’s 150th anniversary year, its Next Wave Festival’s 30th anniversary and the end of Garth Fagan Dance’s 40th anniverary celebration. The company will bring the concert to Rochester from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 at Nazareth College Arts Center (although the Wynton Marsalis Septet’s music will be a recording).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Garth Fagan talk about the upcoming concert

    Posted on November 7th, 2005 in Concerts | 0

    Wynton came to us with the music for the love duet Spring Yaoundé,” Mr. Fagan said, “but when he saw it, he said, ‘No, man, I’m not going to use this,’ and he tossed away what he’d come with, and sat down at the piano, and with one hand on the keys, he put his trumpet to his mouth and just composed an extraordinary ballad right there. I mean the damn walls were crying with emotion by the end of it   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Garth Fagan Dance performing Griot New York

    Posted on November 4th, 2005 in Concerts, Septet | 0

    On November 9, 2005, the choreographer Garth Fagan celebrates his 35th-anniversary season with a one-night-only reprise of Griot New York, with live music by the Wynton Marsalis Septet, at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Septet with Garth Fagan Dance

    Posted on August 29th, 2003 in Concerts, Septet | 1

    Griot New York made its world premiere in 1991 at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A collaboration by three visionaries, concept and choreography by Garth Fagan, music composed and arranged by Wynton Marsalis, and set design by sculptor Martin Puryear, Griot New York explores contemporary urban life, human anguish and exaltation, and humankind’s triumph over adversity.   Keep reading »