Garth & Wynton: The Project
(Rochester, New York) – Tony award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis recently joined forces for their second collaboration – Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. The concept and choreography were created by Fagan. The original music was composed and arranged by Marsalis. It premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to a packed house in September. WXXI was granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to document the project, which included shooting rehearsals, creative planning sessions and opening night. Garth & Wynton: The Project, premiering Monday, November 26 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), is a Need to Know Rochester special that documents the creative process and the final product, and includes interviews with industry leaders, media critics, and others who will share the significance of this collaboration and the work of these two artists. During the broadcast WXXI will also share details about the Rochester debut of this collaboration at Nazareth Arts Center and how you can get tickets.
Lighthouse/Lightning Rod explores the juxtaposition and illusion of security and danger in three sections; Lighthouse, Memories, and Lightning Rod. The choreography examines the emotional response to the stress and anxiety created by the inherent danger/safety that each of these three structures represents. This is the second collaboration between friends Fagan and Marsalis. Their first project, Griot New York premiered in 1991 at BAM, and explored the contemporary urban life and humankind’s triumph over adversity through the lens of a traditional West African storyteller.
Fagan is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary season. A Tony and Olivier award winner, Fagan continually renews his own distinctive dance vocabulary, which draws on many sources: sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the post-moderns.
Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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