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.
Senior Apprentice Laura Peterman
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe All God's Children?
A. It has been so fun to be part of the creative process for All God's Children, as the movement style is so unique and different than anything I've done before. It's a fast-paced ballet that challenges preconceived notions you may have about people who are different than you, without being in-your-face about it.
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I have been dancing as a member of Culture One and Culture Three. It's fun to put on a different character and switch between the two styles, and it's been good for my stamina!
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. I suppose the mood of Culture Three comes most naturally to me, as it is a pretty happy-go-lucky, skip-into-the-sunset sort of piece; the hard part is remembering to show that on my face and in my movements when I'm concentrating on getting the quirky coordination and challenging steps! Because the choreography for both worlds is more contemporary and very unique in nature/style, I have definitely been challenged to make the movements look and feel natural to my body.
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I most enjoy getting to create a made-up, alien-esque culture and trying to adapt my body's movement patterns to new and unique styles. I also love a good cardio workout, and rehearsing both worlds back to back (and sometimes back again!) makes me feel accomplished.
Q. Why see All God's Children?
A. It'll be like something you've never seen before - quirky, creative, beautiful, bold; it'll challenge your perceptions of others, and show you that maybe we're not so different after all.