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.
Lead Artist Brette Benedict
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe All God's Children?
A. All God's Children has been a joy. This is the first piece we've started working on as a company for the season, and I've enjoyed dancing with my returning and new co-workers.
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I have been dancing the role of the queen of the second culture.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement of Culture Two is fluid and extreme. It's been challenging to push my body to keep the extreme bold movements. We are creating different worlds and so capturing the essence of something we can never see or experience. That has been a fun challenge as an artist.
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I enjoy the music so much with this ballet. I smile at all of the different worlds and the joy it brings.
Q. Why see All God's Children?
A. All God's Children is a beautiful story with lovely music and costumes. This ballet will be a visual masterpiece!