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 would describe it as a galaxy. Full of complex movements, lifts, turns, and broken lines in Grey Town but with moments of symmetry that bring harmony and joy like those in the movements in Heaven." - Lead Artist Antonio Rosario
“It has shown me on a visceral level how different it feels to be self-seeking and self-serving in the movement of Grey town and to be seeking and serving God in the scenes in Heaven." - Company Artist Beth Patterson
“The movement changes throughout the ballet depending on where we are. I've enjoyed creating and performing Grey Town, which is athletic and full of dynamic movement." - Lead Artist Brette Benedict