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.
"Grace. Through all the beautiful and difficult moments of this season, God has clearly shown His grace upon us." - Beth Patterson
"I have definitely felt stretched this year! My comfort zone tends to stay centered around the classical ballet bubble, and The Space in Between was one of the best things to have pushed me outside of that! I learned that I could get over my nerves about working with a partner, and loved getting to experiment with more edgy contemporary choreography." - Laura Peterman
"For this past season I was challenged in many ways that helped me learn once again the importance of relying on God and his love rather than just pushing through solely on my own power. I definitely felt my stamina and strength was pushed this year past my comfort zone. In the course of The Space in Between program I had over 80 lifts which, although tiring, was a wonderful opportunity for growth.” - Sam Opsal