Lorianne Barclay: 2018/19 Season Reflections

Our Seventh Season has come to a close, and it's time to look back on the year and see what stood out to the dancers.

BM4B8945-1 (2).jpg

Lorianne Barclay

Q. Pick one word to describe this season overall. Why?

A. Freedom. This season I felt a new found freedom in surrendering my performance expectations and really embracing the uncertainty and joy in live performance. Instead of the mishaps becoming a negative thought, allowing them to be part of the process of telling authentic stories.

Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?

A. One of my favorite moments on stage was hearing audible reactions from young audience members during an outreach show in Atlanta. Completely unfiltered responses of awe and joy. It was an honor to share our art so tangibly. 

Q. Looking back, would you say that you learned something new about yourself or found yourself stretched out of your comfort zone?

A. This year I had two different opportunities of jumping into a new role for an injured dancer or sudden casting change with only a few hours notice. The thrill and adrenaline onstage was exciting. I also surprised myself in successfully  working in a pressure cooker situation. 

Q. Is there a particular quote or idea that has been inspirational to you this season?

A. I have been inspired by this quote from John Piper to push me towards greater freedom and courage: “Let the freedom to fail give you the hope to fight.” 

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. Visiting family and friends, one of which being my unborn nephew. I will also be teaching for the B58 Summer Intensive, which is always a joy.