Turning Points: Dance season to feature creative and socially conscious works

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Dance Alive National Ballet is Gainesville’s own professional dance company, performing original, full-length narrative ballets and contemporary works as well as classical greats.

The company’s season begins Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. with “Aspire!” a socially conscious mixed bill in conjunction with “What is the Good Life?” the signature course of the UF Humanities Department.

“UF students have a course that’s supposed to encourage people how to live a ‘good’ life,” says Dance Alive artistic director Kim Tuttle. “Not a wealthy life, not a partying life, but a socially aware and morally just life. Part of the course requirement is to attend certain performances, and Dance Alive developed this program with the course of mind.”

“Aspire!” starts with a section of the Balanchine masterpiece “Apollo.” The program then transitions into three social commentaries before concluding with “Constellations,” a Dance Alive original.

Also in the company’s season are “L’Amour,” a Valentines program on Feb. 14, and “The Ring” on April 7. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. “The Ring” (think Wagner) is based on Norse mythology. “It is the original ring saga,” says Tuttle, “the one that gave birth to the books and movie series we all know. The story’s centerpiece is a magical ring, with greed and the desire for power as the leading forces to conquer.”

All Dance Alive performances are at UF’s Phillips Center, which primarily serves as a venue for UF Performing Arts, Gainesville’s premier arts presenter.