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.
Solo Artist Antonio Rosario
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I am playing the role as one of the refugees in both 1917 and 2017 along with my character’s fiancé.
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Strangers and Angels?
A. Strangers and Angels brings a deeper understanding and a glimpse at the homelessness that refugees experience. It also shows us how we humans are more alike than unlike.
Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?
A. Very contemporary. Dancing in sneakers is fun and new!
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I find myself enjoying the rush in the 3rd movement and how fast-paced things can get. It's a great reminder in life to realize the needs of others.
Q. Why see Strangers and Angels?
A. Strangers and Angels has a unparalleled approach in how it tells its story - there is mime involved, contortion of the body, and intense and unexpected movements. The music enhances the movement and also sets the tone as to where we are in the story. This work is raw in it’s storytelling and it doesn’t hold back.