Ripple Effect: Laura Schlatter

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. This winter and spring, we'll continue digging into this depth of experience as we check in with the dancers and hear about their experiences preparing for Stor(ies) behind the scenes.

Solo Artist Laura Schlatter

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

A. Gripping! The movement is very contemporary and the story is uncomfortably amusing. You will be on the edge of your seat during this one!  

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

A. I portray 'Slander'. It is thought that when you are caught in the midst of gossip, the harshness of your words rises as you become more comfortable with the idea of putting a person down. Slander is that point when fear begins to rise in the accused, and you as an audience member begin to realize the defeatist affect of your words. 

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

A. I tend to base my movement off of feeling. Even though I wouldn't naturally seek to hurt someone through my actions, when you are portraying a "bad" character, there is so much passion and angst that goes along with the character that I find it easier to muster up the desired energy needed to make my movement sharp enough, or harsh enough for 'Slander'. It's fun! 

Q. How do you get into your character?

A. I literally stare down my dancing partner, Summer Smith, from across the stage in the wings. Feeling her energy pumps me up. I think about being that person I most despise and would never want to associate myself with in any sort of setting... and voila! You have Slander.

Q. Why see Ripple Effect?

A. It's majorly convicting, thinking about how our words and actions can have an affect on people for better or worse. Maybe you're in that bad place right now and need to see a picture of the results brought on by this behavior.