Season Reflections: Lorianne Barclay

Company Artist Lorianne Barclay is in her third season with Ballet 5:8. During the Fall Season, she danced the soloist role in Julianna Slager's Autumn from Four Seasons of the Soul, as "Mama" in Slager's Mi Familia, and in Preston Miller's And Mercy

Q. What moment in the Fall Season stands out to you?

A. Taking our longest distance and first dual city tour to Texas and Oklahoma. Each venue was not our typical theater setting but the performances were rewarding. In Texas many audience members experienced a live ballet performance for the very first time! It was a joy to bring theater to a place that doesn't often get such things in their hometown. Many people who knew dance were encouraged to see the quality and message being brought to them all the way from Chicago.

Q. What rep challenged you the most/how did you see yourself grow? 

A. Four Seasons was our second year of performing this ballet in our rep. Many would think it would become easier with familiarity, but this technically challenging ballet combined with a very deep emotional message makes it a challenge every time. There's something very rewarding about doing a ballet for a second season. It's familiar, and yet there's always something more to add or grow in as a dancer, very much like the Christian life.

Q. Funniest moment?

A. Too many to count! This year we have had a new friend in the studio, our director's newborn baby boy. He adds an element of humor to our rehearsals by spitting up on the floor at perfectly timed moments, or almost rocking himself out of his carseat while we do fouette turns class. He's a lot of fun to have around. Our biggest (and yet tiniest) fan!

Q. What is one thing that you’re looking forward to over the holidays?

A. Seeing the school perform their new ballet Beyond the Nutcracker. There's still many details coming together to make this huge show come to life! And spending time with my family and my dog back home in Portland over Christmas and New Years! There's no place like home.