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November 15, 2013

Together again

Five dance companies will appear at Marblehead Little Theatre this weekend in a performance that is also a revival.

It is the first appearance in two years by the North Shore Dance Alliance, a group that was founded in 2001 to support dance programs on the North Shore.

“The effort here is to rekindle it,” said Darlene Doyle, a board member of the alliance. “It is an effort to reinvigorate this organization, because we feel it is important to have dance represented on the North Shore.”

The program lost direction after founder Mary Lee Karlins retired from her leadership position with the alliance, although she still teaches at the Marblehead School of Ballet.

But with appearances this weekend by five local ensembles — Exit Dance Theatre of Newburyport, the North Shore Civic Ballet, Hyperbole Dance of Marblehead, Forty Steps Dance from Nahant and Deadfall Dance of Andover — there should be plenty of renewed spirit on stage.

Two short films by Jeremiah Story of Merrimac, and one by Gordon Przbyla titled “Places We Don’t Dance But We Should,” will also be featured at the performance.

The Civic Ballet, a nonprofit associated with the Marblehead School of Ballet, will perform two pieces created by Ivan Korn, their choreographer in residence. “Ramo Verde,” a solo piece performed by Shauna Whalen, is “based on the metaphor of spreading your wings,” Korn wrote in the program notes. The second dance, “There There,” is a duet featuring Whalen and Korn that “explores — through sharp movement in unison — the urge to arrive at an end.”

“These are modern pieces with ballet-trained dancers,” said Paula Shiff, artistic director of the Civic Ballet, which she founded in 1974 with Florence Whipple. “Ballet is your base of all dance forms.”

In addition to choreographing works for the Civic Ballet, Korn teaches a class in modern dance at the school.

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