Ripple Effect: Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8's program The Stor(ies) of You and Me returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. One of the great things about a repertory program is the variety - both for the audience and the dancers! With five different works presented in Stor(ies), there is truly something for everyone watching. There is also quite the depth of experience available - the works represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told. 

Solo Artist Brette Benedict

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

A. I've been learning and dancing the main character in this ballet.  Whatever is happening in the ballet eventually directly impacts me.

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Ripple Effect?

A. Ripple Effect has a very raw nature. The whole ballet gradually becomes more dark and violent in nature and does not leave you feeling good inside.

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

A. The movement is different, there are a lot of extreme positions that we find ourselves making with our bodies.  The music and choreography really helps to tell the story, so as a dancer you can allow those parts to speak. The challenging part is to not over act and really make it all seem realistic.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I really enjoy the challenge of the role.  I'm excited to grow through the rehearsal process as it pushes my technique and artistry as a dancer.

Q. Why see Ripple Effect?

A. If you enjoy a little thriller you won't want to miss Ripple Effect.  This ballet will definitely provoke some emotion out of our audience members.