Last year at The Joyce, Norwood Pennewell, rehearsal director/assistant to Garth Fagan, premiered his first work for the Garth Fagan Dance Company. This was the first time the company performed choreography by anyone other than Garth Fagan himself. This premiere also marked the 40th anniversary of the Garth Fagan Dance Company, which is an impressive feat for any dance company. Pennewell has been with the company since 1978, is considered to be Garth’s muse and known for his virtuosic ability. Here is what people had to say about, Hylozoic, his first choreographic endeavor:
“Not surprisingly he uses many of the strategies and movement choices favored by his boss. But this spare, meditative work for 10 dancers, set to music by John Adams, Adam Rudolph and Yusef Lateef, is a promising, sophisticated start.” -Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times.
“The dance moves with calm grace but not slowly, and it shifts emphasis from time to time but never loses flow or stops looking handsome… This dance overall is pretty irresistible (and irresistibly pretty), but it does contain hints of more serious statement.” -Herbert Simpson, Capital Critics’ Circle.
After a successful choreographic debut, Pennewell is back with a new piece called Liminal Flux, set to music by Chancha Via Circuito and Miles Davis. Take this opportunity to see the next level in his choreographic career and witness the evolution of his work. Don’t worry if you have missed his first piece, the company will perform both Hylozoic and Liminal Flux during their run at The Joyce.
Norwood Pennewell isn’t the only one premiering work. Garth Fagan himself is also premiering his newest work Madiba, a work in celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela.
Garth Fagan has been churning out loved and appreciated works for 40 years, audiences keep returning because they know what they like. It’s also very satisfying as an audience member to see what grows out of the familiar. If you have never experienced Garth Fagan’s work, come and see what has sustained the company for four decades, and while you are at it, enjoy seeing what can emerge out of the fertile soil after working with a company for so long.
Purchase Tickets at Joyce.org.