Shades of Refrain: Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8's program Compass returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. Made up of four individual one-act ballets, one of the great things about Compass is its variety - both for the audience and the dancers! The works in Compass represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told, so there is truly something for everyone watching. Throughout this 2017/18 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Compass: Navigating Cultural Tension with Compassion.

Brette Benedict with Artists of the Company in S hades of Refrain.

Lead Artist Brette Benedict

Q. How would you describe Shades of Refrain?

A. Shades of Refrain is a beautiful display of visual art! The music, the costumes, the dancing, visually sweeps you away into a beautiful moving piece of art.

Q. Describe your role in this ballet.

A. Shades of Refrain doesn't really have characters specifically since it is based off of the book of Psalms, however I love portraying my specific "character" based off of Psalm 1 - specifically verses 2-3 which says: "but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."

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

A. The movement is big and beautiful. Since I'm going with the visual arts description, it is like when you see a painting with beautiful smooth brush strokes in which the colors blend beautifully together. The choreography is pleasing to the eye. This allows me as a dancer to easily move gracefully from one step to another. The challenging part is making the hard technical steps look that easy and simple :)

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. What I like most about the work is the worship that I experience as a dancer every time I perform this piece. I truly find so much joy in performing this piece.

Q. Why see Shades of Refrain?

A. As I experience the worship as a dancer through Shades of Refrain, I hope that you would feel that as an audience member too.