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Dance Alive National Ballet: Land of La Chua… Our Town Through the Ages
March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$15 – $45
Dance Alive National Ballet is honored to be the first of the community’s cultural organizations to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Gainesville’s incorporation with a dazzling new work.
Choreographers Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner have brought together the talents of their exceptional company of dancers and the resources of an extraordinary community to create a walk through time with a focus on the people, nature and culture of this amazing community.
Artist Margaret Tolbert and composer Stella Sung explore the beauty and magic of our springs while poet Lola Haskins, along with images from the Matheson History Museum take us to another time and place in and around Paynes Prairie. Interwoven are the stories, poems and songs of Florida’s ‘Black Hat Troubadour’ Will McLean. Special guests include UF’s School of Music Dr. Anthony Offerle backed by images of early UF leading the alma mater, Dr. Elizabeth Graham singing ‘Amazing Grace’ while we are transfixed by a list of over 1,500 Gainesville veterans who fought in campaigns from the Spanish American War through Vietnam. Weaver Gaines will speak of his ancestor General Edmund P Gaines who fought in the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars and the Mexican-American War. Videography by Houston Wells and images by David Johnston provide the visual background for this amazing project.
After the performance, the audience may participate in the following activities:
- A talk-back with artists and contributors will follow the performance.
- Displays, memorabilia, music, film, a time-line provided by the Matheson History Museum as well as experts in a variety of subjects key to our history will be made available for audience members in both Fackler Foyers at the Phillips Center.
- In the upper lobby … a huge birthday cake while we toast our anniversary!