Lorianne Barclay: 2017/18 Season Reflections

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


Lorianne Barclay

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

A. Embrace. I portrayed challenging characters this season between Scarlet and The Mother. Pressing into the uncomfortable places caused me to find new areas of growth as an artist as well as personal/spiritual growth.

Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?

A. Not one moment but many this season when as a company together we really pressed in and left everything on the stage. Complete exhaustion combined with complete surrender. I am especially thinking of the moments when faced with challenging obstacles of tour life such as hard slippery stages, high altitude and extreme fatigue.

Lorianne Barclay with Samuel Opsal in rehearsal for  Scarlet .

Lorianne Barclay with Samuel Opsal in rehearsal for Scarlet.

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

A. Having completed my fifth season with Ballet 5:8, I’ve found moments this year where I’ve been able to step back and see the growth God has done. For me it has been a season of reflecting and observing. My focus has gone beyond what I can achieve as an artist, to what sort of legacy can I help build and leave behind.

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

A. “In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.” - Eric Liddell

The humbling reality of surrendering defeats as well as victories to God because he promised that nothing will separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39). God wants servants not champions. For the strongest man to walk the earth came to serve.

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. This summer I will be traveling a bit and visiting family, including my new baby niece who made me an enthusiastic first time aunt. I will also be busy in the Ballet 5:8 costume shop designing and creating things for the 2018/19 season to come!