After a busy Spring Season, the Ballet 5:8 Company Artists have a few weeks off from rehearsals and performances before we head into the Summer Season and Summer Intensive. We are checking in with each of them to see what they're up to and what stood out to them during the Spring Season.
Company Artist Laura Schlatter, cast as Daniel in Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale, took on her first major lead role since joining Ballet 5:8 in 2013 this year, aptly portraying the character of Daniel with fierce energy and candid emotion. We are glad to be able to announce that Schlatter is planning to return to Ballet 5:8 for the 2015-2016 season to begin her third year with the company her second year serving as the Ballet Mistress for Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' Pre-Professional Program.
What was your favorite moment this season?
Seeing people being touched by a single performance, a single movement, a single piece of music.
Which ballet challenged you the most this season? Why?
Performing the Summer variation in The Four Seasons of the Soul has been the most challenging because I have performed it the most! Every time you perform something so physically challenging and dynamic, you're forced to "ramp it up" as an artist- make it more exciting each time.
Which has been your favorite ballet to perform this season? Why?
Imagine this: Your first day back to the studio after a long break; 2 hours of choreography to be learned in 6 weeks; beautifully melodic music to digest into your body's movement quality; a full cast of costumes to be created from scratch; throw in a few injuries, a handful of sleepless nights, a group of people supporting each other through all the chaos, and KABAM! You have a ballet. This particular ballet was Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale for which I played the role of Daniel and had a complete and total blast. Every performance was different, but the nervousness was always there. A pleasant challenge for the dancers, and an emotional encounter for the audience.
What are you looking forward to about this summer?
I'm super stoked about working with all of our new summer intensive students, getting to know them and watching them grow spiritually. It is a blessing to be able to mentor young dancers and share your struggles in order to help them overcome fears and hardships.
What are you looking forward to about next season?
I'm always ready for something new! Bring it on!
What are you up to during summer layoff?
This is probably the most exciting summer I've had in quite a while. I have been driving back and forth to my hometown in Indiana, helping my family with preparations for a very special wedding! My eldest brother, Kristian, and his fiancé, Jennie, will be getting married this July and we are renovating our old barn on our farm where the reception will be held. I love working on projects with my family- and at the end of this project I gain a sister! There is so much to thank the Lord for.