Ripple Effect: Stephanie Joe

Ballet 5:8's repertory 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.

Company Artist Stephanie Joe

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

A. Ripple Effect is an intense, high-energy contemporary ballet that artfully portrays the destructive power of words, from seemingly harmless gossip to slander and lies.

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

A. I have been dancing as part of the trio in the first movement, Gossip.

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

A. The movement is based in the classical ballet vocabulary, but is distorted to illustrate the ugly nature of destructive words. In “Gossip,” there are moments when the movement is lighter and sharper, especially in the beginning of the piece, and as the gossip gradually engulfs the three women, their movement becomes slinkier and utilizes a weighted feeling, drawing the dancers’ bodies into less upright shapes. I’ve enjoyed the more contemporary movement, but it requires a very different physical intention and focus of energy as the movement takes us further off the vertical axis.

Q. How do you get into your character?

A. Feeling the other dancers’ energy before we walk on stage together helps me get into character, and as I fully immerse myself into the movement and music of the piece, the character and nuances of expression come more naturally.

Q. Why see Ripple Effect?

A. It's a gripping story that is thought-provoking and creatively illustrated - you don’t want to miss it!