Don't Miss Garth Fagan at the Ahmanson Theatre

Garth Fagan comes to the Ahmanson.

The Award winning choreographer, Garth Fagan, has been hailed as one of the most influential choreographers in dance today.  "Garth Fagan's contribution to the modern dance vocabulary is one of the best. His mark in the world of dance is permanent and true," said Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  He also choreographed the Broadway smash hit "The Lion King,"  for which he received rave reviews.  Garth Fagan Dance will be coming to the Ahmanson in the Southern California premier of several performances: the 2003 "DanceCollageForRomie,"  the 2002 "Translation Transition," and the 1999 "Woza."


Fagan's athletic dancers.

In an art form that often values youth over experience, Fagan breaks the mold;  he tells the New York Times' Liesl Schillinger:   "I just realized I have three generations of women and men dancing for me.  I've always wanted to have a group of people of different ages and textures and experiences dancing , as opposed to six little maids all in a row that all look the same," he said. "In dance, as in every other art form, you grow through age: when you're a more mature painter, a more mature poet, a more mature dressmaker, you know more things, better things." He added: "But we still need the youngsters to jump around. They can do the madness!"  The members of the company have performed with Garth Fagan internationally and won numerous awards.  "The handsome, exotic, completely concentrated Fagan dancers move as if they were born speaking Fagan's language and they love the feel of it in their bodies," wrote Elizabeth Kendall in Vogue.

"DanceCollageForRomie" is coming in October

Mr. Fagan choreographed "DanceCollageForRomie" as a homage to his friend Romare Bearden, the American artist who became one of the 20th-century's masters of collage.  The work had its world premiere in November 2003 at the Joyce Theatre in New York City.
"DanceCollageForRomie" is arranged in three movements with accompanying scores by Dmitri Shostakovich ("Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35), Brazilian classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos ("Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5") and Jelly Roll Morton ("Jungle Blues"). The performance suggests the aesthetics of a collage, highlighting Fagan's eclectic taste music and showcasing his choreographic range; African, Caribbean, classical, modern and postmodern dance forms all find a place in this production.

"Translation Transition" will be performed at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Also on the program are the 2002 "Translation Transition," with music by Clement Todd, Wayne Shorter and Harry Johnson, as recorded by the Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Attendees of the performances will also catch 'Woza," a dance that showcases Mr. Fagan's distinctive movement style.  "Woza" is the Zulu word for "come," and this dance piece uses lighting and choreography to suggest a slave ship.

Don't miss Garth Fagan's evocative choreography and his athletic, artful dancers.


There are two performances only October 23 at 7:30 pm and October 24 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are available at the Box Office at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Avenue, and through Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 213/365-3500 or 714/740-7878, online at

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