Strangers and Angels: Olivia Kruse

Ballet 5:8's program Compass returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. 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.


Company Artist Olivia Kruse

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

A.  I have been dancing both the 1917 and the 2017 movements of Strangers and Angels

Q. How would you describe Strangers and Angels?

A. Strangers and Angels is a very moving piece. It tells the stories of heartache and struggle that continue to repeat themselves in history. Ms. Julianna has used the Armenian Genocide and the Syrian Refugee Crisis as inspiration for the piece.  

Olivia Kruse and Artists of the company in the 1917 movement of  Strangers and Angels .

Olivia Kruse and Artists of the company in the 1917 movement of Strangers and Angels.

Q.  Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. The first movement, the 1917 time period, has very weighted choreography. It really brings the feelings of despair and struggle to life. The 2017 movement vocabulary is fast paced and intricate. It is also done in tennis shoes. It gives it a more pedestrian feel which has been fun to dance! 

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. There is something so breathtaking about the moment when the two time periods collide in the work. I feel like it shows how history has repeated and cries out for a break in the cycle of heartache that has occurred. 

Q. Why see Strangers and Angels?

A. The dancing, the music, and the story of Strangers and Angels will leave the audience moved with a renewed feeling of hope.