Garth Fagan Dance
Friday, September 15
8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
Garth Fagan’s distinctive movement language melds modern dance with the
energy of Afro-Caribbean and the speed and precision of ballet. His dances "share
with jazz a spacious ease and rhythmic verve," (Newsday). Best known for his Tony
Award-winning choreography for The Lion King, Fagan is recognized as a true original.
Based in Rochester, N.Y., Garth Fagan Dance is celebrating its 35th anniversary, having
won acclaim over the years in major festivals worldwide and in frequent seasons at New
York’s Joyce Theater. For their individuality, unmannered approach and virtuosity, the
performers have earned top honors, including five "Bessies" (New York Performance Awards) and the New York Governor’s Arts Award.
"The handsome, exotic, completely concentrated Fagan dancers move as if they were born speaking Fagan's language and they love the feel of it in their bodies."
Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra
Friday, October 6
8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
A high-energy celebration of polyphonic rhythms, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies four percussion batteries — North Indian tabla, Afro-Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe — into one distinct voice. Its 12 players link past and present, sacred and secular with a symphonically textured fusion of traditional and contemporary drumming and vocals. Spoken Hand is a two-time winner of Philadelphia City Paper’s "Best World Music/Roots Performance" and is nationally recognized for its collaborations with tabla master Zakir Hussain and hip-hop dance guru Rennie Harris.
"Spoken Hand’s fabulous sonic textures … and sheer high energy shook the house." — Philadelphia Inquirer
"The most astonishing evening of drumming I can remember!" — Philadelphia Forum
Upright Citizens Brigade
Friday, Dec. 8
8 p.m., Goodhart Thater
Ready for an exhilarating comic ride? Come see what Time Out dubbed "the best sketch comedy troupe working today" in their 90-minute show boasting some of the nation's freshest "long-form" improv. Anarchic comics, hand-picked from New York's best, create a "theater-of-the-absurd chaos of seemingly unrelated themes that eventually come together with surreal precision,"(The New Yorker). Performance credits include "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and VH1's "Awesomely Bad" as well as countless shows at their own Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. With roots stretching back to the legendary Chicago improv company Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, founded in 1990, can be counted on for twisted, uproarious fun.
"Witty, irreverent and conceptually ambitious." — The Onion
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Friday, February 16
8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
Designated the "Keeper of Flamenco" by Dance Magazine, Carlota Santana co-founded Flamenco Vivo in 1983. With smoldering sensuality and polish, the group's powerful dancers and musicians strike a universal chord in audiences, addressing themes of pride, sorrow, love and death. Known for ingenious dance dramas like Mano a Mano and Frederico (about playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca), the company "celebrates the variety of traditional and contemporary flamenco" (New York Times). Flamenco Vivo tours extensively, performing to sold-out U.S. venues including the Joyce Theater, New Victory Theater and the Smithsonian.
"No-holds-barred flamenco ... These dancers broke open like flames dancing along the stage, with outright fireworks for the tableaux finale" — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"An infectious, joyful celebration of music and dance" — Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Borealis String Quartet
Friday, March 23
8 p.m., Thomas Great Hall
The Borealis String Quartet is a dynamic ensemble praised for its passionate style and refined musical interpretations. Hailed for its "youthful, invigorating freshness" (Hamilton Spectator), the Quartet has performed to packed concert halls across Canada, and is garnering enthusiastic attention in the United States. Formed in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and mentored by Andrew Dawes, former first violin of the Tokyo and Orford String Quartets, the Borealis String Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia, where its members give regular master classes and teach at the School of Music.
"The Borealis String Quartet … served notice with the lightning attack of the initial bars that they were not going to let anyone cling to their sober stereotypes of classical music and chamber quartets. The musicians practically flew out of their chairs, so vigorous and physical was their playing." — The Globe and Mail
Tickets to individual events in the Performing Arts Series are $18 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens, and free for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students, faculty and staff. Subscription packages offer discounts, mix-and-match ticket flexibility and priority seating. For tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.
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