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2015-2016 Season Repertoire
And Mercy is a world premiere by New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. The work explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music.
Mi Familia is a flamenco-styled ballet is drawn from Artistic Director Julianna Slager’s own experiences growing up in a multi-racial family. The work celebrates the beauty of family and relationships that transcends racial and cultural differences.
An audience favorite, The Four Seasons of the Soul is an intense, poignant reflection on life expressed through the four seasons of nature. The neoclassical work is a beautiful, unforgettable experience that challenges us to see life through the lens of the bigger picture.
As We Pray is a contemporary ballet inspired by our human need – seemingly rooted in the very the depths of our souls – to reach up and be in communication with God. In the ballet, the choreography of Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager takes us through living, moving, emotion-filled pictures of many different kinds prayer.
Something of a sequel to Julianna Slager's 2014 work Indwelling, Interplay presents a formidable exploration of the human imagination. The works two main characters, Wisdom and Folly, embody an ongoing debate within the mind and imagination. Exploring concepts drawn from the book of Proverbs and employing an angular, geometric movement style, Interplay is set to be a captivating duel of movement, ideas and emotion.
Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale is a full-length story ballet in three acts, created by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager in 2015 to bring an old, familiar and yet relevant story to life in the form of classical ballet.
Eden is a contemporary ballet that reflects on the story of creation as set in motion by the Master Creator, painting a living, moving picture of the first seven days of the existence of our world.
Sigao Ekklesia presents a challenging shift in perspective, technically, artistically, intellectually and emotionally from the company’s largely neoclassical repertoire. The beauty of the thing is that Sigao challenges our perspective with captivating results.
The Story of Job is a two-act neoclassical ballet that asks the question, "why does God allow bad things happen to good people?"
Full Repetoire Listing
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Mi Familia (2015)
And Mercy (2015)
Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale (2015)
Four Seasons of the Soul (2014)
Sigao Ekklesia (2014)
The Story of Job (2014)
As We Pray (2014)
Life in Question (2013)
Minas: The Story of Three Servants (2012)
Each season, we have the privilege of adding new performances to our history. Some performances grow into annual traditions that we return to year after year, but many others take place in new venues and cities, engage new audience members, and employ a mix of new and old repertoire as Ballet 5:8 continues to grow. Performances range from those that took place in traditional theaters to many nontraditional performances in gyms, on church stages, and even outdoors! We are privileged to be able to celebrate the memory of each of these distinct and varied performances here - and we look forward to adding more and more to the list with each performing season.
The mission of Ballet is 5:8 is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm. Our ongoing commitment is to the creation and performance of new, abstract and narrative works from the unique basis of our Christian faith, and to the development and creative exploration of the dancing artists, choreographers and composers of our day. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for genuine discussion of life and faith with audiences and artists alike, in the context of breathtaking dance performance.
This month, we decided to catch up with the soloists from Interplay for some insight into the work's main characters. This interview features Company Artist Lauren Ader-Cumpston talking about her role as "The Human."
This month, we decided to catch up with the soloists from Interplay for some insight into the work's main characters. This interview features Company Artist Brette Benedict talking about her role as Wisdom.