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Lighthouse / Lightning Rod and Griot New York (excerpts)

World Premiere
Sep 27—Sep 30, 2012
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs (with intermission)
SINGLE TICKETS:  Starts at $20
+  30th Next Wave Gala Sep 27, Post-Show Artist Talk on Fri, Sep 28
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Thursday September 27, 2012
Performances no longer available.

Lighthouse/Lightning Rod and Griot New York (excerpts) 
Garth Fagan Dance
Wynton Marsalis Septet
Concept and choreography by Garth Fagan
Original music composed and arranged by Wynton Marsalis

Lighthouse/Lightning Rod
Scenic design by Alison Saar
Costume design by Mary Nemecek Peterson
Lighting design by Jeff McRoberts

Griot New York
Sets by Martin Puryear
Costumes design by Garth Fagan and Martin Puryear
Lighting design by C.T. Oakes


“Mr. Fagan and Mr. Marsalis are their own griots, and the story they tell is inspiring.”
—The New York Times

Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan (The Lion King) and Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis return to BAM with the world premiere of Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Performed by the internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance, set to an original score by Wynton Marsalis (played live by the Wynton Marsalis Septet), and featuring scenic design by visual artist and Guggenheim fellow Alison Saar, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod juxtaposes illusory feelings of security and danger while portraying relationships of depth, conflict, integrity, and hope.

The evening opens with excerpts from the beloved Griot New York (1991 Next Wave). With sets by renowned sculptor Martin Puryear, this celebrated work depicts different eras in the city's history, showcasing Fagan's remarkable choreographic eclecticism and Marsalis' haunting jazz score.

Scenic design by Alison Saar
Costume design by Mary Nemecek Peterson
Lighting design by Jeff McRoberts

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2012 Rehearsal: Lighthouse / Lightning Rod
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Alison Saar Gets Into Your Head and Your Heart
Artist Alison Saar is designing the set elements for Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Saar works in a primarily figurative vein, featuring the human body (often female) in various states of emotional or physical expressiveness.

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Last at BAM with
Griot New York | Garth Fagan Dance, Wynton Marsalis | 1991 Next Wave Festival

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