A Jamaican-born dancer and choreographer, Garth Fagan studied in New York City with Martha Graham, José Limón, Mary Hinkson, and Alvin Ailey.
He established the "Bottom of the Bucket" dance troupe in Rochester in 1970, while also working at the Educational Opportunities Center. After several name changes, his company came to be known as Garth Fagan Dance.
Fagan holds many honorary degrees, from Juilliard School, the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Hobart College, and William Smith College, and won a Tony Award in 1998 for his choreography of the Broadway production of "The Lion King."
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"Other important works include From Before (1978), which encapsulates Fagan's dance heritage; the beautiful pantheistic trio Oatka Trail (1979); Prelude (1981/1983), a statement of his choreographic idiom; Never Top 40 (1985); Passion Distanced (1987); Time After Before Place (1988); and Telling a Story (1989). Fagan has also choreographed dances for other companies, including Dance Theatre of Harlem (Footprints Dressed in Red, 1986), the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Jukebox for Alvin, 1993), and the José Limón Company (Never No Lament, 1994). In 1986 he had staged the Duke Ellington musical Queenie Pie."
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