Rochester’s world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance presented its exciting 2018 Home Season just in time for the holidays this year. The  performances were from December 5 – 9 at Nazareth College Arts Center’s Callahan Theatre .

“We know that Rochester is proud of our success and views us as global ambassadors, and we appreciate that so very much,” says Garth Fagan Dance Executive Artistic Liaison and former GFD dancer William J. Ferguson II. “We also want to reach out to our friends and neighbors and remind them that – whether they experienced a performance years ago or have yet to see the company live – this holiday season is the perfect opportunity to join us for our exciting 2018 Home Season at Nazareth College Arts Center.”

All six of this year’s performances featured the Rochester premiere of Garth Fagan’s The North Star, a celebration of the life of 19th Century abolitionist, orator, author, and Rochester icon Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial of his birth and a brilliant score by veteran Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Walter Blanding, the work received rave reviews for its recent world premiere at the company’s annual season at The Joyce Theatre in New York City.

“I have read so much of Frederick Douglass that I allowed The North Star to lead me,” explains the much awarded Fagan, who founded the company in 1970. “The work received roaring ovations in New York, and I hope that it will also move and inspire Rochester audiences.”

Each performance also featured the Rochester premiere of 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.

The current Garth Fagan Dance company includes long-time Fagan stars and Bessie Award-winners Norwood Pennewell, Steve Humphrey, and Natalie Rogers- Cropper, as well as Vitolio Jeune, Guy Thorne, Adriene B. Hodge, Wynton Rice, Andrew David, Davente Gilreath, Sarah Herbert, Le’Tiger Walker, Rishell Maxwell, Anna Lee, Justus Alicea, and J’royce Jata.

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