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.
Lead Artist Brette Benedict
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I am playing the role of Ikey for much of the ballet and later change characters and become a Spirit. Ikey in the ballet adopts a couple of characters from the book. He is a selfish character that wants to take the apples and other things from the Valley of the Shadow of Life back down to Grey Town to sell for his own gain.
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe The Space in Between?
A. The Space in Between is very creative and imaginative. It takes you on an adventure. I love seeing the different characters that Lewis wrote about come to life in the ballet.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement changes throughout the ballet depending on where we are. I've enjoyed creating and performing Grey Town, which is athletic and full of dynamic movement. The challenge I've had for this ballet is the Ikey solo. The movement in the solo was choreographed to make the environment look weighted and heavy - which is the opposite of the light and effortless look we as dancers have trained to achieve. The weightiness of the movement makes dancing a lot harder, so by then end I really do feel heavy!
Q. How has the story impacted you?
A. The story has really challenged me to find more conviction in my faith from multiple angles.
Q. Share your perspective on the relation between The Great Divorce and what the audience can expect to see of your featured character in the ballet.
A. I do love how Julianna has brought the book to life in this ballet. It truly helps you see what C.S. Lewis was describing.
Q. Why see The Space in Between?
A. The Space in Between is a creative ballet that allows you to see different characters and expands your imagination.