All God's Children: Emily Ratkos

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.

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Company Apprentice Emily Ratkos

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe All God's Children?

A. All God's Children is a story of four vast cultures which have emerged and developed from one common ground. It explores each culture's unique differences in four divertissements, but ultimately uncovers the sameness we all have at our core. 

Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?

A. I have been dancing as the queen of the coral culture. 

Q.  Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?

A. In the coral culture divertissement, the movement quality is quite carefree and fun. The sequences are quick and bright, intermixed with fluid and sustained steps. The musical score readily draws out the spunkiness and lighthearted character qualities, though it is more challenging to find true relaxation and moments of calm throughout the piece. 

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I love playing with the musicality in the work, exploring depth of character and meaningful movement in the process. It has also been fascinating to watch each culture's traits become more pronounced, creating striking contrasts within the ballet. 

Q. Why see All God's Children?

A. All God's Children thought-provokingly and sensitively looks at racial tension, a relevant issue in this day and age, through the scope of innovative dance.