Garth Fagan Dance is coming “Home for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 8 p.m. on Dec. 12-14 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 14-15 in the Callahan Theatre at Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester.
A meet-and-greet in the lobby will follow each performance. The company will present two free lecture/demonstration performances on Dec. 12: one for elementary students and the other for middle/high school students from the Rochester City School District and other area schools.
“Introducing young people to dance has always been an important part of Garth Fagan’s mission,” said GFD school director Natalie Rogers-Cropper, who narrates the teaching performances. “Not only do arts-in-education programs improve students’ academic and life skills, but this may be their first experience with concert dance. It is especially important that this is a diverse company focusing on, but not limited to, dancers of color and with a mission to reflect and celebrate all cultures.”
Garth Fagan Dance will hold an opening night reception after the show on Dec. 11 in Medaille Hall, open to all ticket buyers. Call (585) 454-3260 to RSVP. Family matinees will run at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14-15.
This year’s program will include “The North Star,” Fagan’s celebration of the life of Frederick Douglass featuring a score by saxophonist Walter Blanding; “Distant Kin,” an impressionist work choreographed by Norwood Pennewell; “ … ING,” an exploration of relationships with music by the Emerson String Quartet with David Shifrin; “Time After Before Place,” Fagan’s creation story with music by the Art Ensemble of Chicago; and “Prelude: Discipline is Freedom,” an opening piece that introduces Fagan’s style of dance through classroom exercises.
Both matinees will feature the Garth Fagan Dance Student Ensemble previewing “Forethought in Motion,” an abstract work with music by William Grant Still.
“I’m incredibly proud of achieving 49 years of excellence with Garth Fagan Dance and excited to share the fruits of this past year’s labors with our wonderfully supportive hometown audiences,” Fagan said.
The current company includes Justus Alicea, Akeem Edwards, Davente Gilreath, Sarah Herbert, Adriene B. Hodge, Steve Humphrey, Vitolio Jeune, Rishell Maxwell, Anna Lee, Norwood Pennewell, Natalie Rogers-Cropper, Guy Thorne and Le’Tiger Walker.
Tickets to the public performances start at $40. Student, group and senior discounts are available. Call (585) 389-2170, or visit bit.ly/2CKTQgT or garthfagandance.org for information.