Before the Vows: Antonio Fernandez

Ballet 5:8's program The Stor(ies) of You and Me returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. One of the great things about a repertory program is the variety - both for the audience and the dancers! With five different works presented in Stor(ies), there is truly something for everyone watching. There is also quite the depth of experience available - the works represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told. 

Company Artist Antonio Fernandez

Q. How would you describe Before the Vows, in your own words?

A. An exciting and nervous journey in finding one another.

Q. How does this pas de deux compare to any others you’ve danced before?

A. There is a huge sense of freedom in the pas de deux compared to most that I have danced before. I think artistically, once learned, it can connect with the audience on a very personal level if done honestly.

Q. What do you enjoy most about the work?

A.  Having the ability to go a step further technically to make the story more powerful and effective.

Q. What is challenging?

A. With ease comes the responsibility of staying honest in the work. Thinking that smiling will be sufficient to transmit joy on stage is not enough. There has to be more behind that smile. We as artists must tell a story -  a story that uplifts and brings joy to the viewer.

Q. Why see Before the Vows?

A. I would see Before the Vows because it's a fresh new take on how a relationship can blossom and that it takes risk of trusting, of letting go, and experiencing the freedom of being loved.