All God's Children
“All God’s Children” is a ballet based on a poem by Sojourner Truth. Whimsical, satirical and compellingly fresh, the ballet shows the development of culture and the beauty of what makes us distinct, without forgetting what binds us together.
Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager's 2017 premiere The Mother is an interpretation of the poem by Pulitzer Prize author and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks. It’s a poem that stands face to face with regret and refuses to blink
Shades of Refrain
The 2017 premiere Shades of Refrain is a modern day plunge into the deep end of human emotion. It peels back the layers of disguise and masquerade to reveal the naked human heart. It’s the melody that underscores our human existence and our search for meaning, finding the answer in communion with the Creator. This is a 21st century interpretation of the centuries old book of Psalms.
Ballet 5:8, a professional performance company and 503-(c)-3 nonprofit organization, is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm. Our commitment is to the ongoing creation and performance of new works that explore thoughtful ideas and stories and ultimately connect audiences to breathtaking dance.
“I feel like joy is contagious, and this ballet is rooted so deeply in seeing the beauty of those around us.” - Company Artist, Olivia Kruse
“Butterfly captures the importance of every human life through a story that will leave you both challenged and encouraged.” - Company Artist, Emily Ratkos
“There are a lot of people out there today who view the world as a hopeless place. There is a lot of darkness out there, but that's when hope shines brightest.” - Company Artist, Libby Dennen