UF dancers embody iconic Limón work and make history

February 20, 2019


The Traitor will be performed at the University of Florida in Dance 2019: Past / Forward under the supervision of Dante Puleio. Puleio discussed with Elizabeth Johnson, the Dance 2019: Past / Forward director and assistant professor in the School of Theatre + Dance, the possibility of working on a Limón piece for the show.


“I have been very interested in restaging this work for years,” Puleio said. “This piece continues to make me fall in love with Limón and I wanted to pass along that passion and connection in a place that I thought would respond well to both the work and the process.”


Historically, The Traitor calls for a cast of eight men and has been exclusively performed by all men until this restaging...


Ailey featured in new series, “A Day’s Work"

June 01, 2018


In NYC Media’s new video series “A Day’s Work,” viewers get to see what New Yorkers' lives are really like. Season 1 is dedicated to jobs in the arts and entertainment industry, and episode 2 features three people who work at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

This episode follows dancer Hope Boykin, physical therapist Shaw Bronner, and lighting director Al Crawford, as they each go about their day with the Ailey company. NYC Media prefaces the Ailey stories by explaining that, for those in the world of dance, “your job is more than just a paycheck; it’s a way of life.”...


Dancers step on toes at Dance 2018

February 15, 2018


The School of Theatre + Dance’s annual spring professional and faculty dance show returns to the Nadine McGuire Pavilion Black Box Theatre for its namesake of an intimate night of dance. "Dance 2018 Stepping on the Audience: An Evening of Dance in Intimate Spaces" brings the dancers closer to the audience members in more ways than one.


The phrase “stepping on the audience” originated from late dance professor Ric Rose who passed away this November...

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Art and science collide in new light projection

December 07, 2018


On Nov. 17, internationally acclaimed artist Naziha Mestaoui unveiled her Live Oak Tree of Life artwork in Innovation Square alongside scientists and leaders of the University of Florida and Gainesville communities.


The work, a light projection of the Tree of Life displayed on a live oak tree, was created to celebrate Earth’s rich diversity of animals, plants and microbes represented by the immense network of relationships that links all living things.


The project emerged from the University of Florida Strategic Development Plan led by UF Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane...

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George Orwell’s "1984" explores societal issues in performance at the Hippodrome

August 31, 2017


George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, is recognized as one of the most iconic fiction titles of our time. Now adapted into a stage performance, the Hippodrome Theatre and UF School of Theatre + Dance (SOTD) have collaborated to bring the show to the stages of Gainesville for its Southeast regional premiere.


1984 explores the erosion of privacy, destruction of identity and a dystopian future through the eyes of Winston Smith. Although the novel was written in 1949, the play, written by Andrew White, proves the story is more relevant now than ever...