Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager's Eden premiered at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago on February 27th. It will go onstage again in Jackson MI, Denver CO, and Fort Wayne IN as part of Ballet 5:8's Out of the Dust program. Eden asks, have you sit back and really imagined what the creation could have looked looked like? Those first days? Slager uses playful yet technical, bold, and neoclassical choreography to paint a moving, colorful picture of those first days. This month, we decided to catch up with the cast from Eden and get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process behind the ballet.
Company Artist Brette Benedict
Q.Of the roles you dance in Eden, which is your favorite or stands out to you?
A. The role that stands out to me in Eden is "Sky". Sky is the second day of creation. In some Biblical translations they use the word expanse. This expanse separates "the waters from the waters".
Q. What has the creation process been like for the choreography?
A. The creation process for creating sky was a lot of fun. Imagining how that may have looked like. With Julianna's vision my mind has created a very powerful image with a lot of wind power separating the expanses into being. This was also the first mention of the creation of Heaven.
Q. How does the movement communicate?
A. Within the sky solo there is a lot of stretching and reaching within the movement. One of my favorite moments in the creation process, with Julianna, was when she asked me to physically breathe air out. I got so excited, it's definitely my favorite part.
Q. What has been most enjoyable/most challenging about tackling the role?
A. What is most enjoyable about Eden is the natural movement and breath within the entire ballet. The steps, as usual, are difficult to execute but there is a beautiful rhythm and movement in each of the sections that gives me as a dancer a natural joy to just dance!
Q. Why see Eden?
A. Eden is a MUST see!!! This has easily become my new favorite ballet. There is so much joy that will be given out to the audience. You will understand once you come and see it!