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.
Company Artist Olivia Kruse
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe All God's Children?
A. To me, All God’s Children is a celebration of humankind and how we are all united by God’s love. It celebrates the differences that make us unique, but emphasizes the importance that we are all equals in the eyes of God - and that this should be at the root of all our interactions.
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I have been dancing the soloist role of Culture One.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement in Culture One is very strong and powerful. It pushes balletic positions to the extreme. Striving to make the movement sharper and more exaggerated has been a fun challenge to tackle, along with all the fast footwork! It has been easy to capture the feeling of camaraderie with my fellow dancers.
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. Each of the four cultures has such a distinct and fascinating movement vocabulary. The choreography is extremely rewarding to dance. I also absolutely love the music!
Q. Why see All God's Children?
A. All God’s Children showcases the tensions that can arise when interactions lack compassion. The message of this piece, the importance of love, is extremely relevant to the times of today.