Ballet 5:8's fall program Compass premieres this October. Made up of four individual one-act ballets, one of the great things about Compass is its variety - both for the audience and the dancers! The works in Compass represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told, so there is truly something for everyone watching. Throughout this 2017/18 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Compass: Navigating Cultural Tension with Compassion.
Solo Artist Antonio Rosario
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe All God's Children?
A. All God's Children presents an insight into how culture affects the way people live their lives and are the way they are. It shows also the differences in each culture.
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I am one of the four main characters in All God's Children. My character is the king of the fourth culture presented in the ballet.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement is on the more contemporary side but it retains some of the classical lines. It has a Spanish style to it, which makes it enjoyable since I have a flamenco background in dance. Challenging? It's almost five minutes of just me and my partner dancing with very little rest. :)
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I enjoy very much the freedom that the choreography has. It allows the artist to take risks in the movement and in the musicality of the dance.
Q. Why see All God's Children?
A. It will give the audience a different perspective on how people interact within their own culture and how it affects society as a whole.