Ripple Effect: Samuel Opsal

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. 

Senior Apprentice Samuel Opsal

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

A. My role is to portray lies, both as the instigator and the manifestation of the lie after it is spoken. For the sake of brevity, in rehearsal I have been called "The Lie Guy".

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

A. Ripple Effect is a physical representation of the severe damage that can be with words. The three movements in the ballet explore Gossip, Slander, and Lies.

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

A. The movement is a departure from the classical line of ballet while maintaining technical aspects in regards to leg articulation. My movements are all focused on partnering and manipulating the character who is being damaged by words. This has allowed me to have a singular focus and draw on my many other duets I have performed. The challenging part has been embodying such a negative, harsh subject. In many movements I need to be helping my partner in reality while giving the illusion of abuse.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I have enjoyed the intense physicality of the work. The piece for me is a roller coaster between demanding movement and exploration of emotional intent. At the end of the piece I like the feeling that I have given it my all.

Q. Why see Ripple Effect?

A. The themes explored in Ripple Effect are experienced by everyone on some level or another. The piece is quite intense, but watching these themes in the context of dance allows for contemplation of the role words have in your life.