The Space in Between: Beth Patterson

Ballet 5:8’s 2018/19 Season program features Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s brand new ballet The Space in Between, a story inspired by C. S. Lewis’ novel The Great Divorce. Throughout this spring, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing The Space in Between.

Company Artist Beth Patterson rehearsing the Grey Town movement in  The Space in Between .

Company Artist Beth Patterson rehearsing the Grey Town movement in The Space in Between.

Company Artist Beth Patterson

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

A. I have been dancing the role of the “Tall Woman” in Grey Town and then a “Spirit” in the Valley of the Shadow of Life and in Heaven.

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe The Space in Between?

Company Artists Beth Patterson and Sam Opsal in the Grey Town movement in  The Space in Between .

Company Artists Beth Patterson and Sam Opsal in the Grey Town movement in The Space in Between.

A. This piece is very dynamic, with full spinal articulation, variable musicality, and big extensions. The movement is very difficult and athletic.

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

A. The choreographic process for this piece has been different from other ballets that we’ve worked on. The movement really requires us to add our own creativity and push the limits of what our bodies can do.

Q. How has the story impacted you?

A. It has shown me on a visceral level how different it feels to be self-seeking and self-serving in the movement of Grey town and to be seeking and serving God in the scenes in Heaven.

Q. Why see The Space in Between?

A. This ballet is important to see because it will open up new understandings of C.S. Lewis’ book The Great Divorce. Because we are using our bodies and music instead of words, it explains the stark differences between Grey Town and Heaven in a new way.