Note: From Gainesville Sun article by Sarah Ingley
'Dark, exciting and filled with passion" is how Dance Alive National Ballet describes its latest repertory production.
The company will perform "Tango Mucho Madness," a mixed-bill of various works, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. Five pieces highlighting several choreographers and guest musicians will unite in an evening inspired by music and emotion.
Dance Alive National Ballet is Gainesville's sole professional ballet company.
The major guest choreographer of Dance Alive's "Tango Mucho Madness" is the New York City-based Brian Carey Chung, who is of Chinese-Jamaican heritage.
In his performing career, Chung danced for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Dance and Karen Armitage's Armitage Gone! Dance.
He has since transitioned to teaching and choreographing, and is a nationally certified teacher on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. He is also the founder of Collective Body/Dancelab, a creative think-tank for New York City dance.
Chung's new work on Saturday's bill is a world premiere created specifically for Dance Alive. It emphasizes the talents of DANB principal Sergii Sydorskyii. In commissioning a Chung work, Dance Alive joins the likes of such notable companies as Cedar Lake II and Connecticut Ballet.
Additional guests for Saturday's program include concert pianist Kevin Sharpe, of the University of Florida's School of Music faculty. Sharpe, an International Bach Competition first-place winner and Fulbright Scholar, will accompany "Tango Zarabanda."
Acclaimed composer Stella Sung, a frequent DANB collaborator, wrote the music for this work. This dance also features an impressively-sized sculpture by former Olympic athlete turned artist Larry Young.
Gosia and Ali, the well-known local husband-and-wife musical duo, will also perform vocals and classical guitar, respectively, during the pas de deux "Rinascero." Dancing the pas de deux are Cuban-born principals Jessie Dominguez and Aaron Gomez.
DANB artistic director Kim Tuttle oversees the entire production. Tickets range from $15-$40.
An optional, pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. is also available for $50. Deemed "La Casa Tango," the dinner will be in the Phillips Center's Fackler Foyer.
Tickets for the dinner, or for the "Tango Mucho Madness" performance, are available through the Phillips Center's box office, at the door or in advance at 392-2787 or performingarts.ufl.edu.