Celebrating Garth Fagan Dance’s 50th Anniversary in Two Upstate Sites

Garth Fagan Dance. Photo by Andrea Mohin.

Year: 2019-2020
DanceForce Member: Kim Engel
Artists: Garth Fagan Dance
Community Partners: Arts Council of Wyoming County; The Egg, Albany
Audience: 600
Counties: Albany, Wyoming

In celebration of Garth Fagan Dance’s 50th anniversary, DanceForce member Kim Engel planned to utilize her full allocation to support the company’s appearance in two upstate locations. In the Capital Region, the company will perform at The Egg in Albany. The company will perform in Wyoming County under the auspices of that county’s Arts Council. Both performances will take place in April 2021 and have been rescheduled from the spring of 2020 because of the global pandemic.

It’s been ten years since Garth Fagan Dance has performed at The Egg and four since they appeared in the Capital Region. Their performance will be a part of the Dance in Albany series collaboratively programmed, promoted and packaged by The Egg and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Originally scheduled for March 27, 2020 and then moved to May 29, 2020, the performance will finally take place on April 23, 2021. Audience for the performance is estimated at 400-500 patrons.

The company will be presented by the Arts Council in one of Wyoming County’s high school auditoriums. The 60 minute presentation will be geared for a relatively uninitiated audience for dance and will be a family-friendly one. It will include introductions before each work on the program. Filling the single dance slot offered by the Arts Council each season, the presentation by Garth Fagan Dance is hoped to attract 200-250 individuals, an increase over the 100-150 audience members that the annual dance performance generally draws. The presentation will be offered for free through a sponsorship from a local bank and tickets will be available at all of the bank’s locations throughout the county. Originally scheduled for April 18, 2020, the performance will now take place on April 17, 2021.

In October 2018, the company performed, with DanceForce support, as part of the NYS Presenters Network showcase which was attended by many New York State presenters, including Peter Lesser, Director of The Egg, and Jacqueline Hoyt, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wyoming County.

Of particular significance for the DanceForce, this project will mark the first sponsored activity taking place in Wyoming County in the membership’s 25 year history.