In its 25-year history, Garth Fagan Dance has achieved national and international acclaim with performances throughout North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. Founder and Artistic Director Garth Fagan has been called, "one of the great reformers of American dance." The company has been cited for its excellence and originality through numerous awards, network television appearances and performances at many New York City dance venues.
Originally from Jamaica, Fagan's early influences included famed Caribbean dance teacher Ivy Baxter. He later studied with several key dance figures including Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Alvin Ailey. Garth Fagan Dance has been highly praised for its distinctive movement quality developed from years of training in the "Fagan Technique."
In addition to the public performance, Garth Fagan Dance will present two arts-in-education performances for high school students from Utica and surrounding areas. Over 1,400 students will be bused to Wellin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 for 10 a.m. matinee performances by the troupe.
The Garth Fagan Dance performances are being sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership comprised of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Hamilton
College, the Arts in Education Institute of the Central New York Community Arts Council and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.
Garth Fagan Dance is the premiere performance of the Hamilton Performing Arts Series. Additional performances in the series include The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Wednesday, Dec. 4; Sol y Canto, Friday, Feb. 14; Huun-Huur-Tu Music of Tuva, Thursday, Feb. 27; and National Theatre of the Deaf's presentation of Curiouser and Curiouser, Sunday, March 9. Tickets for the five-part series, including Garth Fagan Dance, are $40 for the general public and $10 for students.