Ripple Effect: Laura Peterman

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. 

Company Apprentice Laura Peterman

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

A. I have learned one of the three "gossip girls", as well as one of the two "slander girls".

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

A. Ripple Effect is a short, yet extremely physical and intense piece of dance that explores the concepts of gossip, slander, and lies. It is fascinating to watch and exciting to dance.

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

A. The movement is very fluid, yet full of distortions and moments of sharpness as well. I am not naturally a contemporary dancer, so picking up the isolations and translating some of the more non-classical movement to my body was the most difficult part. However, as I developed the character, the movements became easier. Stamina is another challenge, but that improves with every rehearsal.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I really enjoy developing character, and for that reason the "gossip girls" part is my favorite to dance. It is physically and technically challenging, but building chemistry with the two other dancers in the section and adding personality to the movement is really fun - and I love the sassy, maliciously playful movement style of this section! 

Q. Why see Ripple Effect?

A. Ripple Effect is not only a fascinating, beautiful, and inventive piece of dance, but also portrays a very thought-provoking and convicting story. While the piece starts out playful and seemingly harmless, the dark, malicious effects of gossip are soon revealed. The intensity of the pas de deux section alone is enough to warrant a visit to see this amazing ballet!