Dance performances

Turning Pointe brings free outdoor dance performances to Falmouth

FALMOUTH – Imagine pirouettes in the gardens, joyous leaps in the courtyards and exuberant dances among the flowering trees. Turning Pointe Dance Studio Artistic Director Laura Sciortino has scheduled a series of outdoor pop-up shows around Falmouth this spring. A surprisingly mild spring coupled with a high rate of vaccine delivery on Cape Cod makes it a promising time to see the dance outdoors.

Sciortino named his community dance project Turning Pointe Outside, a French term meaning outside and, appropriately for these performances, is also a ballet term for a kind of pirouette that spins outward. Turning Pointe’s young dancers study a range of dance styles, including ballet.

Turning Pointe En Dehors performances are free and open to the public. They will take place at several outdoor community venues and natural sites across Falmouth and beyond.

“Our mission is to foster and create additional beauty, arts and culture in our already wonderful community by enjoying our beautiful Cape Cod landscapes,” Sciortino said.

There are two performances on Sunday May 2. The dancers will perform outdoors at Bourne Farm in West Falmouth at 11 a.m. and in the backyard of the Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford Street at 1 p.m.

On May 22 they will perform at the Highfield Hall grounds at the end of Highfield Drive at noon and the following day May 23 they will be at Wicked n’ Wood BBQ and Wood Grill at 383 East Falmouth Highway at 2 afternoon hours.

Governor Baker’s current orders on outdoor gatherings in Massachusetts cap the number at 150.

There will be around 20 dancers performing, as Sciortino puts it, “creative and eclectic pieces from distinguished choreographers as well as remarkable local talent.”

She said: “The purpose of this project is to provide free live entertainment to help lift our spirits during what has been a trying year.”

This has been a difficult year for many companies, but especially for the performing arts. Live performances are essential for young dancers, Sciortino said, as they need to stay in practice in order to dance to the height of their abilities and “show off their craft and their passion.”

“Dancers continued to practice and work but lost almost all performance opportunities due to the pandemic,” she said.

Sciortino also hopes the project will help attract people to local businesses.

Sciortino said, “We hope our efforts bring optimism and hope for the future, which we all need in these difficult times.”

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