(b Kingston, 3 May 1940)
Jamaican-US dancer and choreographer. He studied African-Caribbean dance with Pearl Primus and Lavinia Williams and took master classes with Cunningham, Limón, Graham, and Ailey. As a teenager he toured with the Jamaican National Dance Company and while studying in Detroit (1960–70) also performed with various companies, including Dance Theater of Detroit. In 1970 he began teaching at the State University of New York at Brockport and formed a company out of enthusiastic but untrained adult dancers. The Bottom of the Bucket But…Dance Theater formed the basis of his Bucket Dance Theater which within a decade became a highly trained ensemble, performing Fagan's eclectic mix of jazz, modern, and African-Caribbean dance. His many works include Prelude (1981), Easter Freeway Processional (mus. Glass, 1983), Griot New York (mus. Wynton Marsalis, 1991), Drafts of Shadows (1993), Trips and Trysts (mus. Marsalis, 2000), and Senku (mus. several, 2006). He has also choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem, including Footprints Dressed in Red (mus. J. Adams, 1986), for the José Limón Company, Never No Lament (mus. Kronos Quartet, 1994), for the Broadway musical, The Lion King (1997) for which he won a Tony award, and for New York City Ballet, Ellington Elation, the middle section of Duke! (mus. Ellington, 1999).
http://www.garthfagandance.org The Fagan company website