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.
Lead Artist Brette Benedict
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I've been portraying a refugee woman engaged to a man in both 1917 and 2017.
Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Strangers and Angels?
A. Strangers and Angels has been a difficult ballet to perform in terms of story telling. This ballet is challenging me as an artist.
Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?
A. The movement is a lot more contemporary and was created very organically in the studio. It's a pleasure to work with Julianna as she explores new movement and choreography!
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I most enjoy the freedom in the movement even though there are so many times where the movement was created based off of limitations that Julianna gave us as dancers in the creation of the ballet.
Q. Why see Strangers and Angels?
A. Strangers and Angels has a compelling message and speaks to the world today about the compassion we should extend to those in need around us.