On the program is his latest work Madiba which pays homage to former South African President and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who spent almost 30 years in prison for his efforts to end the apartheid system, is one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most renowned political and moral figures, and Fagan celebrates his life with this new dance.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“MadibaÃ¢â‚¬Â is a reference to MandelaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Xhosa clan name, a term of deep affection to the South African people. The dance features elements of modern and Afro-Caribbean dance as well at ballet and is set to music by South African jazz composer Abdullah Ibrahim. Also on the program are four other dances: Prelude, Senku, Liminal Flux and Thanks Forty.
Liminal Flux is choreographed by one of FaganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dancers Norwood Pennewell who has been with the company since 1978. Pennewell is the only choreographer other than Fagan to have created a work on the company.
Fagan, a native of Jamaica, celebrates 40 years of his companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s existence. He is credited with creating his own particular style of dance rooted in Caribbean culture. Three of FaganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dancers are from Miami: Amshel Padilla, Vitolio Jeune and Charity Buckner.