The Space in Between: Olivia Kruse

Ballet 5:8’s fall program includes 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 2018/19 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing The Space in Between.

Company Artist Olivia Kruse

Company Artist Olivia Kruse in rehearsal for the Grey Town movement from  The Space in Between .

Company Artist Olivia Kruse in rehearsal for the Grey Town movement from The Space in Between.

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

A. I have been dancing the roles of the Poet in Grey Town, and a Spirit in Heaven.

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

A. The Space in Between is an extremely dynamic and athletic piece of choreography. I love the way the movement captures both the music, the characters, and the themes of C. S. Lewis' story.

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

A. It has been very fun to rehearse Grey Town. The movement embodies the music perfectly, which makes it all the more fun to dance. Grey Town is a very isolating and chaotic place in C. S. Lewis' story. It has been a challenge to capture this feeling of chaos while still remaining in control; it has been a great challenge to walk the line of abandonment with my dancing to create the correct feel for Grey Town.

Q. How has the story impacted you?

A. This story has been a wonderful reminder of the weight and impact that our choices have. The Space in Between has made me more intentional in my day to day life.

Q. Why see The Space in Between?

A. The Space in Between is a fascinating fusion of art. With breath-taking choreography, costumes, music, and dancing - along with C. S. Lewis' writing - the stage will showcase beauty that is both entertaining and thought provoking.