Interview: Lorianne Barclay

Lorianne Barclay will be returning in the fall as a Company Artist, and we are thrilled to have her dancing for another season in this added capacity (congrats Lorianne!).

Q. When did you join Ballet 5:8?

A. In the fall 2013 for the 2013/14 season.

Q. How long have you been dancing, including as a child?

A. Fifteen years.

Q. Where do you call “home”?

A. Portland, Oregon (pronounced Or-a-gun).

Q. What led you to pursue dancing with a Christian company?

A. I learned of Ballet 5:8 during my pursuit of a professional dancer career. The company fits me like a glove using trained and gifted artists to display the message of Christ to the arts culture.

Q. What role, or what ballet has been your favorite with Ballet 5:8 so far? How about the most personally challenging?

A. My favorite roll has been Indwelling. It is fun and challenging to portray an variety of emotional struggles in a short amount of time. It begins with the somewhat oblivious creeping in of sin, living in sin, the struggle, and finally the victory we are given. The most challenging role I’ve danced here has been Zophar in our ballet on Job. The choreography in this ballet is difficult and aerobic at the same time. On top of that, the character has to be constantly climaxing getting more frustrated by the minute until the finally “conversation" near very end. Due to the complexity of the storyline, when we perform this ballet, I really feel like I have to stay in “character" even when I’m off stage. It can be exhausting but very rewarding to see the message told clearly.

Q. What is the most important thing that you keep in your dance bag or locker?

A. I keep a hammer and nails in my locker at all times. Adding nails to the shanks of my pointe shoes make them last much longer.

Q. Why do you dance?

A. I dance because it’s a bridge that crosses culture and relationship. Dance has the ability to speak a message that might not be heard or desired to be heard otherwise. I want to be a part of displaying the Kingdom of God as a beacon of light in art form that is often dark.