Shades of Refrain: Lorianne Barclay

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.

Solo Artist Lorianne Barclay

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

A. Shades of Refrain is a melodic, free-flowing overview of the emotional arc found in the book of Psalms.

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

A. This ballet is unique in that there aren’t defined “roles." It uses 10 women and 2 men that flow seamlessly on and off of the stage.

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

A. Shades of Refrain is more classical than some of our rep this fall. The movement really captures the essence of the music. In a sentence, I would describe it as climatic, free-flowing movement. The challenging part of this ballet is capturing a broad and semi-abstract concept and bring it into focus for our audiences.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I love the music - in some places I feel like it carries me across the floor!

Q. Why see Shades of Refrain?

A. Just as the book of Psalms has a song for every season, this ballet will touch you wherever you are; mountain high or valley low.