Shades of Refrain: Jessica Lohr

Ballet 5:8's fall program Compass premieres this October. 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.

Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr (left) rehearsing Shades of Refrain.

Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr (left) rehearsing Shades of Refrain.

Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Shades of Refrain?

A. Shades of Refrain is an extremely thoughtful piece that through movement captures the deepest emotions we as human beings experience. It takes you through a journey of joy, sorrow, peace, pain, and ultimately to the hope and awe we can experience when standing before our sovereign Creator.

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

A. We do not necessarily have roles in Shades of Refrain. I think for this piece we are each dancing as ourselves, expressing emotions that are very real to each of us. It is a beautiful opportunity to be able to so fully share yourself with the audience. 

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

A. The movement is definitely balletic but has some deeper, more lyrical aspects that capture the overall tone of the piece. The music and choreography are so beautiful that it has felt natural to slip into the style and emotion of Shades. The music has so many layers that it can be a challenge to stay on the correct counts though!

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I most enjoy the worshipfulness and freedom of this piece. Each time I dance it I finish with this feeling of awe and gratitude.

Q. Why see Shades of Refrain?

A. Shades of Refrain is a beautiful work that will draw you in and leave you feeling uplifted. I think audience members will be able to connect and find themselves in this piece.