Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Garth Fagan - Modern Dance Choreographer

Garth Fagan is a modern dance choreographer. Born in Jamaica in 1940, Garth Fagan studied dance in New York City with Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Alvin Ailey. Fagan credits Pearl Primus as a major influence on his work as well. Fagan is the founder and Artistic Director of Garth Fagan Dance, a modern dance company based in Rochester, NY. The company, originally named Bottom of the Bucket - But Dance Theatre, was established in 1970.

Fagan won a Tony Award for best choreography in 1998 for The Lion King. His work for Lion King also received the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award that same year.

Fagan is a Distinguished University Professor at the State University of New York at Brockport. In 1989 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 2001 Fagan received the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award which honors modern dance choreographers.

See you in Jamaica.


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