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Two of modern dance’s incomparable legends, choreographer Garth Fagan and dancer/choreographer Judith Jamison, sit down for an intimate conversation about their ideas, inspirations and careers in dance. Members of Garth Fagan Dance will perform excerpts of his work.
Garth Fagan is the founder/artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance. He received a Tony Award for his path-breaking choreography in The Lion King, as well as an Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Astaire Award, Ovation Award and Helpmann Award. He also choreographed Queenie Pie and Shakespeare Marathon: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fagan created works for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Judith Jamison, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, José Limón Company and New York City Ballet. He holds the Order of Distinction from Jamaica. He is a Chancellor’s Award Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York. He received the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester and holds honorary doctorates from the Juilliard School, University of Rochester, Nazareth College of Rochester, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Fagan was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement and titled a Fulbright Distinguished Fellow. He also received the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Dance Magazine Award and the “Bessie” Award.
Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) in 1965 where Ailey created roles for her, notably the solo, Cry. During the 1970s and ‘80s, she appeared as a guest artist with companies worldwide, starred in Broadway’s Sophisticated Ladies and formed The Jamison Project. She returned to AAADT in 1989 when Ailey asked her to succeed as Artistic Director. In the 21 years that followed, she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. Jamison received a prime time Emmy Award, American Choreography Award, Kennedy Center Honor, National Medal of Arts, “Bessie” Award, Phoenix Award and Handel Medallion. She is listed in The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People and was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event. Some Jamison works include Divining, Forgotten Time and Hymn. Her autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993. She remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy. Jamison is the artistic director emerita of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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