An upcoming production at the University of North Georgia (UNG) by the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) includes movement developed by well-known choreographer Carl Flink, who has collaborated on productions around the country, including several TED talks.
GTA is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of UNG, Brenau University, theatre professionals and the north Georgia community. In the annual February Festival of Theatre, GTA will present the musical "In the Heights" and the Greek tragedy "Antigone."
Flink, who is known for bringing intensity and athleticism to productions, has been pressing the cast of "Antigone" to push the boundaries of movement. Based in Minneapolis and founder of the innovative Black Label Movement, Flink is the Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
"Antigone," which opens Feb. 13, is told in classic verse layered with modern dance movement that drives home its timeless and tragic story. The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts in this new translation of Sophocles' classic drama. "Antigone" will run Feb. 13-21 at UNG's Gainesville Campus, in the Ed Cabell Theatre in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, Georgia. A free stage tour will be held Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., and tickets are discounted to $10 for with a preview performance Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. A free reception catered by Avocados will be offered in the lobby for ticketholders following the Feb. 13 performance.
"Antigone" is the second production of the festival, which begins Feb. 10 with "In the Heights," winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. "In the Heights" is a groundbreaking 21st century musical that tells the story, through incredible music and dance, of modern day immigrants in a tightknit community at the north end of Manhattan.
"In the Heights" features a contemporary score performed by a live orchestra, and will run Feb. 10-21 in Brenau's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. A free stage tour will be held Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. and tickets are discounted to $10 for a preview performance Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A free reception catered by 2Dog Café will be offered in the lobby for ticketholders following the opening performance on Feb. 10.
Tickets for "In the Heights" are $22-$24 for adults, $20-22 for seniors and $12-$14 for students. Tickets to "Antigone" are $18-$20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-$14 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or by calling the box office at 678-717-3624, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.