WUFT News

Dance Alive brings Phantom of the Opera to the stage with a twist

By on October 19th, 2012

Courtesy of Dance Alive

"Phantom: An Obsession" on stage tonight at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville.

Dance Alive, a Gainesville-based ballet company, put a new twist on “Phantom of the Opera” at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Friday night. The ballet company performed “Phantom: a Tale of Obsession,” a production that told the classic love story without words.

“You don’t have anyone speaking nor do you have anyone singing other than in recorded music,” said Judy Skinner, director of Dance Alive grants and arts education programming.

Artistic Director Kim Tuttle created the production, which includes music from more than 15 composers. There are 15 people in the show’s ensemble. Two of the performers are students, and the rest are professional dancers. The dancers have international roots in Russia, Brazil and Hungary.

“It’s an interesting group of people,” Skinner said, “lots of languages going around in the studio…everyone speaks or at least understands English.”

There are various styles of ballet in the production, including contemporary, neo-classical and classical.

Skinner said she believes audiences will recognize key story elements from “Phantom of the Opera” while appreciating the differences in the dance company’s production.

“Some of the music will be recognizable as being ‘Phantom,’ but other things will be totally different,” Skinner said.

Mina Radman wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

Gainesville Adopts Plan to Form Arts Council, Improve Website

The Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department adopted its 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan on Thursday. The 10-year plan aims to enhance and promote the city’s arts community through an arts council and website.


Andrew Schaer works the front desk of Hear Again Music and Movies in downtown Gainesville. The storeowner said he’s noticed a rise in the popularity of vinyl records among the younger generation.

Younger Generations Revive Vinyl Business For Local Record Stores

The vinyl records market has been revived. Business at local record stores has followed an upward trend with the resurgence of a younger audience.


UV-TV records their album in their warehouse studio on May 26, 2015. Rose Vastola, 24, began playing bass a few years ago with her boyfriend and UV-TV guitarist, Ian Bernacett, 25, and 22-year-old drummer, Matt Brotton.

Gainesville Punk Scene Provides Creative Outlet Beyond Traditional Norms

Women are entering the Gainesville punk subculture as an alternative to the mainstream norm. According to Rose Vastola, lead singer of UV-TV, Gainesville welcomes creativity regardless of gender.


photo-300x211-Recovered

Vine Makes Celebrity Out Of Local Actor

Gainesville resident Thomas Sanders has produced about 800 Vine videos and amassed an army of 5.8 million followers on the social app. Despite this new-found fame, Sanders is still an active member of the local community.


Hippodrome Theatre Receiving Grant

The Hippodrome Theatre is receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will be used toward the production and creation of the community-centered work “The Hidden Sayings”.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments