Land of La Chua ... Through The Ages
February 10, 2019

WHAT:   Land of La Chua ... Our Town Through Through The Ages

WHEN: March 1, 2019  7:30 PM

WHERE: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

TICKETS: General Admission $45   Seniors $30     Students   $15

AVAILABLE:  352-392-ARTS   Tickets to Land of LaChua

INFORMATION: &    Information about Land of LaChua                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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 - Land of LaChua...Our Town Through The Ages.

1885  Alachua County Court House.   Image provided by Matheson History Museum.

In the planning stages for over a year, DANB 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.

Ms. Tolbert painting one of her evocative images                   of Florida springs.

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. 

Thomas Hall.  Courtesy Matheson History Museum.
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 will sing '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. 

General Edmund P. Gaines.   Courtesy of Matheson History Museum.

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.

Eco-tourism on the Prairie 1880's.  Courtesy Matheson History Museum.

Will the work touch on every element important to the growth of the community? No. The choreographers have chosen to follow their interests and passions in our history - while insuring that the talents of collaborators and friends are made a meaningful part of the project.   The work itself will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a number of activities that audience members can participate in ... or not!

Activities include:
  • 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!
As of this date, contributors to this project include: The City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Evergreen Cemetery, The Matheson History Museum, The Will McLean Foundation, Alachua County, Visit Gainesville, Gainesville Veteran's Center, American Legion Post 16, SkyLabs and individuals Russell Etling, Lars Anderson, Peggy McDonald, Chris Takashima, Bob Robins, Ani Collier and Donna Green-Townsend.
Look for a few surprises along the way!

Alachua Lake at Paynes Prairie 1880's.    Courtesy Matheson History Museum.

Sponsored by The City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Alachua County, Visit Gainesville, Alliance Credit Union and the Diva Foundation.

AND THERE IS MORE............. 

Plan on saving the date!

THE event of the year! Dancing, dining, silent auction and the incredible 'DANCING WITH THE STARS!, featuring local celebrities and our own Dance Alive National Ballet professionals. 

Live music by Gosia and Ali, catering by Classic Fare, special treats by Thornebrook Chocolates, Valet Services provided by Premier Valet, and hosted by TV 20's Dave Snyder, a night that will live on in your hearts!  
Co-chaired by Kim Bosshardt and Autumn Doughton and sponsored by Parris Dance. An Unforgettable Events production.   

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Andre Valladon in a section from L'Amour.  
 Photo Monica Sue Nielsen.
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