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 will 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 the spring of 2020. Also in the spring, the company will perform in Wyoming County under the auspices of that county’s Arts Council.

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. The actual performance date is still to be determined and details of the engagement, including any residency activities, are currently being worked out. Audience for the performance is estimated at 400-500 patrons.

Also, in April or May of 2020, 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. This performance is being presented as the capstone event in the Arts Council’s 45th anniversary season. 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.

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.