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Garth Fagan Dance Comes to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on November 5


garth_faganSouth Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) presents the Miami debut performance of Garth Fagan Dance on Saturday, November 5 at 8pm. Tickets are $25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets CultureShockmiami.com for ages 13-22), $5 off orchestra level seats for students and seniors. For ticket information visit smdcac.org or call 786-573-5300. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.

Garth Fagan, the 71 year-old contemporary dance legend and Tony Award-winning choreographer of The Lion King, brings his company to Miami for the first time in its 40 year history.

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 world’s most renowned political and moral figures, and Fagan celebrates his life with this new dance.

“Madiba” is a reference to Mandela’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 Fagan’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 company’s existence. He is credited with creating his own particular style of dance rooted in Caribbean culture. Three of Fagan’s dancers are from Miami: Amshel Padilla, Vitolio Jeune and Charity Buckner.