Dance Alive brings Phantom of the Opera to the stage with a twist
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.
More Stories in Arts and Entertainment
The Matheson History Museum opened its new exhibit, “Saving the Sunshine State: Women Leaders in the 20th Century,” featuring artifacts and rare photos from Mary McLeod Bethune, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjorie Harris Carr, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, May Mann Jennings and Zora Neale Hurston. The exhibit opened yesterday and runs until Oct. 31.
Jenica Frederickson’s documentary centered on how students and teachers define community focuses on peoples’ need to feel love, safety and understanding. She is gathering the point of view of artists, teachers and healers to spread awareness of the problems her subjects faced with identity problems.
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.
The vinyl records market has been revived. Business at local record stores has followed an upward trend with the resurgence of a younger audience.
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.