Jessica Lohr 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.


Company Artist, Jessica Lohr

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

A. I would describe Brothers & Sisters as a fun celebration of friendship. It explores different aspects of sibling like relationships and is a ballet that exudes joy!

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

A. I have been dancing as one of the "yellow" dancers. There are two female dancers and one male dancer in the yellow section that dance together in a sweet, sibling-like relationship.

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

A.The movement is very whimsical with a sense of excitement. While the base of the movement is definitely ballet, there are unique and sometimes quirky gestures that add another layer to the choreography. The music and choreography are beautifully joyous, so capturing that emotion only feels natural in this piece. The dancing is non-stop, so building stamina has definitely been a good challenge!

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I enjoy the feeling of community and camaraderie with my fellow dancers while dancing this piece. There is also a sweet, child-like element that is so fun to portray! I have yet to finish this piece without a smile on my face!

Q. Why see Brothers & Sisters?

A. Brothers & Sisters is filled with athleticism, beauty, and excitement! I believe this ballet will leave it's audiences filled with joy!