Ballet 5:8's program Compass returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. 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.
Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr
Q. How would you describe All God's Children?
A. All God's Children is an exciting and colorful ballet that approaches the topic of cultural differences through a lens of beauty and imagination. The ballet introduces the viewer to four unique cultures and presents the question, are such differences cause for animosity or reason for celebration?
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I have been dancing as part of the culture represented by the color teal. We are the second culture presented in the ballet.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement quality of the teal culture is an interesting contrast of fluid and sharp. The movement was inspired by water and so it has been fun to play with that in rehearsals. One section of the piece may feel like trickling droplets while another part may feel like a violent wave! Because of the flow of the music, finding a rhythm between movement and melody feels natural to the body. The choreography itself has been an enjoyable challenge for me! I am always trying to push my quality of movement, especially in my upper body, while maintaining form in technique.
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I enjoy that in every rehearsal and every performance this ballet continues to feel new and fresh! You can always push your movement further, find richer musicality, and gain greater connection with your fellow dancers within this piece. I love the story of this ballet and the unique way it is presented.
Q. Why see All God's Children?
A. All God's Children is a ballet filled with both surprising and thought-provoking moments. If you enjoy a good story and exciting choreography you will enjoy this ballet.