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 Lorianne Barclay, who has been with the company since 2013. Lorianne will be returning to Ballet 5:8 for our Fifth Anniversary Season with a promotion to Solo Artist - congrats Lorianne!
Q. Pick one word to describe your experience this past performing season.
A. Unexpected. The company had the opportunity to tour to a lot of unexpected places such as Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. And also, there were a lot of unexpected moments on stage. One moment was when the fog machine set off the fire alarm at the beginning of Eden. I got to dance my whole solo with lights flashing, alarms ringing and a voice announcing, “Please find the nearest exit!” Definitely unexpected experience I will never forget!
Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?
A. We performed And Mercy more than any other ballet in our rep. This ballet had a lot of fast fine tune details. Getting nine dancers to completely synchronize every clap, exhale and glance of the eyes took time. But the feeling of moving as one unit on stage was extremely empowering from a performer experience and I would hope equally moving for the audience as well.
Q. Looking back, would you say that you learned something new about yourself or found yourself stretched out of your comfort zone?
A. The ballet Interplay stretched me considerably this season. The movement is very unusual and the music has long pauses and no counts. Getting to the point when the bazaar moment finally felt comfortable was fulfilling.
Q. What is something that took you by surprise?
A. Never underestimate oxygen. After touring to Denver and Colorado Springs experienced first hand that dancing at high altitudes is no small feat. Respect the mountains!
Q. What are you up to over the summer?
A. I will be traveling some, seeing both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean, visiting my family back home and teaching ballet. When I get back, mid-summer, I’ll be jumping into creating costumes for the company’s 2016/17 season before the year starts.