Before everyone headed out for the summer, we asked the Company Artists to share a little about their experiences over the past season. This interview is from Company Artist Laura Schlatter, who has been with the company since 2013. Laura will be returning to Ballet 5:8 for our Fifth Anniversary Season with a promotion to Solo Artist - congrats Laura!
Q. Pick one word to describe your experience this past performing season.
A. Uncanny. This word describes the strange and mysterious. Sometimes watching God work means seeing things shift and change in unexpected (strange and mysterious) ways. But, ultimately, you know that God is working. That knowledge alone can bring you peace; knowing that He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28)!
Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?
A. There was one thing in particular that happened during our tour to New Mexico. It was a pretty hilarious face-palm moment! But, in order to keep the mystery, I'll let one of the other dancers explain... So, now I have to go with second favorite! I remember performing Preston Miller's And Mercy for the first time at the Athenaeum Theatre. There's a part at the beginning of the 2nd movement when, after a long and eerie silence, the dancers onstage take one unified clap of the hands. After the sound resonated I heard a woman in the audience gasp. For me, that set the tone for the rest of the piece.
Q. Looking back, would you say that you learned something new about yourself or found yourself stretched out of your comfort zone?
A. I became more aware of being myself onstage; learning how to take things from experience and put them onstage rather than pretending to be something or someone else. I'm still learning.
Q. What is something that took you by surprise?
A. How much coffee I can drink!!! I was never a coffee drinker until I came to Ballet 5:8 (watch out future B58 dancers...). With the amount of traveling we did this season you could easily get worn out - and this year was just a small portion compared to what we look forward to doing in the years ahead! Needless to say, very often I needed a little pick-me-up to keep from death staring at someone. I have a "usual" drink now.
Q. What are you up to over the summer?
A. I'm trying to lay low- just being a cool cat at home in Indiana with the family. I'll be teaching over the next couple months in Indiana as well as at Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive!