Garth Fagan Dance

8 p.m., Jan. 25, Northrop Auditorium, (612) 624-2345, $21.5031.

It is difficult to adequately describe Garth Fagan’s style of dance. His company, Garth Fagan Dance, is in its 32nd season, performing a fusion of African, Caribbean, ballet, modern and experimental post-modern dance. Fagan draws on styles of music ranging from hip-hop to jazz/Indian scores as inspiration for his choreography. His eclectic aesthetic has fostered an innovative vision resulting in a diverse range of work: Duke Ellington’s opera “Queenie Pie,” New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Translation Transition” which melds ska and reggae with flyaway limbs and precise movement. Of course, Fagan is best known for his choreography of Broadway’s “The Lion King,” which won him a Tony Award. His company’s upcoming performance at Northrop Auditorium will include “Prelude, Discipline is Freedom,” a piece which features a dancer posed on one leg for long periods interrupted by sudden, blurred motion. Choreography like this, intermingled with the music of Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) and Max Roach highlights the company’s prowess and capacity for innovation. (Amy Danielson)