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George William Faison

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Artistic Director

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Local Address:  New York , New York , United States
Faison Firehouse Theatre
6 Hancock Place
Harlem , New York 10027
United States

Company Description: The Faison Firehouse Theater is home to the American Performing Arts Collaborative (APAC), Inc. a not-for-profit (501c3) organization co-founded by Tony Award...   more

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Faison moved to New York City and became an immediate success in the dance world. That same year, he was chosen as Lauren Bacall's dance partner in a television special. Faison joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1967 as a dancer and remained there through 1969. He left Ailey to begin his own group, George Faison Universal Dance Experience, in 1971.
Faison served as dancer and choreographer, creating original work for the company. One of Faison's best-known works is Suite Otis (1971), set to the music of Otis Redding. The dance is for five couples and combines elements of ballet and contemporary dance. Faison also created pieces with a historical and political bent, among them works inspired by the memory of Malcolm X. Poppy (1971) dealt with the problem of drug addiction.
Faison made his choreographic debut on Broadway with Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope in 1972. In 1974, he choreographed The Wiz, the successful all-black musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Faison won a Tony Award for his choreography, the first for an African American in that category. By the mid-1970s the George Faison Universal Dance Experience had disbanded, and Faison was choreographing music concerts for such artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Gladys Knight and the Pips in addition to his work in musical theater.
Faison has choreographed more than thirty plays and musicals, including the short-lived Broadway musicals Via Galactica (1973) and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (1976) with music by Leonard Bernstein; a Radio City Music Hall production of Porgy and Bess (1983); and Sing, Mahalia, Sing (1985) at the ShubertTheatre in Philadelphia.
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A New Production of George Faison's Suite Otis,
Choreography: George Faison Music: Otis Redding The timeless music of pioneering soul singer Otis Redding sets the stage for former AAADT company member and Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison's playful battle of the sexes.
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As producer, writer, essayist, composer, director, choreographer, dancer and actor, George Faison's multifaceted career is replete with awards and acclaim, and a long list of A-listers in the arts with whom he has worked. He was a former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He went on to form his own dance company, The Universal Dance Experience, choreographing such as: Slaves, Tilt and Suite Otis. In 1972, Faison made his choreographic debut on Broadway with the musical Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. In 1975, he became the first African American to win a Tony award for choreography (for The Wiz). He has choreographed and staged concerts for leading artists (Earth, Wind and Fire; Roberta Flack; Aretha Franklin; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Stevie Wonder; Dionne Warwick and Ashford and Simpson). He has also directed productions in major theater venues throughout the United States, and created several theatrical productions of his own. In 2000, George and co-founder Tad Schnugg opened the Faison Firehouse Theater in Harlem hailed by the media as "Hollywood in Harlem, bringing culture and art to the community.
Since its opening Dr. Faison has launched the Firehouse Respect Project, a mentoring program which continues to reach the underserved youth in the tri state area and especially those in Harlem while also presenting professional performing arts projects at his state of the art theater.
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