Before the Vows: Samuel Opsal

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. This winter and spring, we'll continue digging into this depth of experience as we check in with the dancers and hear about their experiences preparing for Stor(ies) behind the scenes.

Senior Apprentice Samuel Opsal

Q .How would you describe Before the Vows?

A. Before the Vows depicts the story of a young couple falling in love. It is performed in three movements showing the first meeting, their courting, and finally the engagement.

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

A. This pas de deux incorporates more natural movement than others I have previously danced. It maintains the classical line and technique while allowing for us as dancers to relate to each other in a way that is less formal than classical ballets.

-Q. What do you enjoy most about the work?

A. I most enjoy the intricate partnering in this piece. There are several sequences in the ballet that require complex coordination and precise timing. When they are done correctly it is quite exhilarating.

Q. What is the most challenging?

A. In many ways the most challenging part is also what I enjoy the most, that is the complex partnering. Additionally, it is hard to portray through dance and acting the depth of a romance that happens over a long period of time in a matter of minutes.

Q. Why see Before the Vows?

A. Before the Vows is a beautiful look at love. Whether you have never been on a date or been happily married for years this uplifting piece will leave you smiling.