Shades of Refrain: Morgan Kelly

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.

Company Apprentice Morgan Kelly (right) with Ballet 5:8 Artists of the Company in S hades of Refrain.

Company Apprentice Morgan Kelly (right) with Ballet 5:8 Artists of the Company in Shades of Refrain.

Company Apprentice Morgan Kelly


Q. How would you describe Shades of Refrain?

A. I would describe Shades of Refrain as the book of Psalms put into motion. Shades takes the beautiful voice of the Psalms and the art of ballet into one beautiful piece.

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

A. I am part of the Shades corps de ballet. This ballet is unique because we all dance as one body throughout the entire dance. 

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


A. I think that the easiest part to capture is the joyous parts of the Psalms. The hardest part of the piece is the emotional arc. This ballet shows both the cries of joy from Psalms as well as the cries of sorrow. Showing all the emotions is sometimes challenging to capture. 

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. Besides the sheer beauty of the choreography which I love dancing, this ballet feel likes like worship every time we run it. 

Q. Why see Shades of Refrain?

A. See Shades of Refrain if you want to see a beautiful ballet from a beautiful book!