Beth Patterson on Brothers & Sisters

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s new work Brothers & Sisters is a fun look at the beauty and contrast of men and women. In our culture today, it’s easy to overlook the simple beauty of what God made in male and female - and this work takes a moment to revel in the wonder of it! We’ve asked a few of the dancers to share their perspective on the work as it has been taking shape - and here are their answers.

Costume sketches for  Brothers & Sisters  by Lorianne Barclay

Company Artist, Beth Patterson

Q. Based on your experience, how would you describe Brothers & Sisters?

A. Brothers & Sisters is an exciting and energetic ballet. It portrays the vitality of childhood and the camaraderie between siblings.

Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?

A. I am one of the sisters in the Teal family. Our movement is quite fast and energetic with slow and lengthened parts in between.

Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?

A. It has felt easy for me to find the spirit and emotional energy of the piece. It actually helps the movement to be in character and find a childlike excitement. The movement matches the emotion so naturally that it becomes second nature. The challenge is the stamina of the piece. Like a little kid, we are running and jump around the stage for most of the piece so it requires a lot of energy.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. It is a fun and exhausting piece. We definitely feel accomplished after finishing it because it requires all the technicality and energy we have.

Q. Why see Brothers & Sisters?

A. If you want to be transported back to the joyful moments of childhood and feel invigorated by the energy on stage, then please come see Brothers & Sisters.