Lorianne Barclay on Eden

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. 

Lorianne Barclay

Q. Of the roles you dance in Eden, which is your favorite or stands out to you? 

A. I love all the roles I dance in Eden, but I especially love Light. There’s something uniquely beautiful about the quite stillness that begins this ballet. At the very beginning the lights are off and the stage is filled with fog and there’s a uncertain mystery that last for a moment until suddenly the spotlight turn on and there I am. While the movement is soft it has a sense of power commanding the darkness to make way for light.

Q. What has the creation process been like for the choreography?

A. It’s been interesting to see how each aspect of this world we live in can be displayed in its simplest form through dance

Q. How does the movement communicate?

A. Every “day” of creation communicates differently, anywhere from soft, mystical, raging, playful, humors and reflective. It’s been fun seeing the various animals personified through ballet.

Q. What has been most enjoyable/most challenging about tackling the role? 

A. Making each character real. For example, Light is a very abstract role, and yet is has such a huge influence on so much of this world. It’s been a fun challenge to figure out a meaning and personality behind them. 

Q. Why see Eden?

A. It’s a breathtaking and delightful way to reflect on all the beauty put inside this world.