It’s a busy weekend for Dance Alive National Ballet as the Gainesville-based touring company stages a lavish production of Carmina Burana and celebrates its 50th season with a Golden Gala.
To put an exclamation point on its 50th season, Dance Alive National Ballet sought a performance that was dramatic and spectacular. Something glorious.
Carmina Burana, in so many ways, fits the bill.
“It’s lusty. It’s spiritual. It’s biblical. How can you miss?” said Kim Tuttle, executive artistic director of Dance Alive. “It’s a huge production!”
Some might even say epic. Carmina Burana involves 250 performers, including dozens of dancers, the UF Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Chobaz, the University Concert Choir and Gainesville Master Chorale under the direction of Will Kesling and three guest soloists in what is billed as “a celebration of the secular joys of life.”
This weekend, Dance Alive National Ballet will stage two performances of Carmina Burana at UF’s Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a Friday night show at 7:30 and a Saturday matinee at 2.
The weekend will be topped off Saturday night by Dance Alive’s Golden Gala at the Touchdown Terrace high above UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The fundraising event will include a silent auction, an art sale and a special “Dancing with the Stars” competition featuring Dance Alive’s principal dancers paired with a dozen local celebrities and community leaders. The event will be streamed live so that people can vote for their favorite duo.