Surprised by Joy: Antonio Fernandez

Ballet 5:8's program The Stor(ies) of You and Me returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. One of the great things about a repertory program is the variety - both for the audience and the dancers! With five different works presented in Stor(ies), there is truly something for everyone watching. There is also quite the depth of experience available - the works represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told. 

Company Artist Antonio Fernandez

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Surprised by Joy?

A. A journey in accepting what has past and knowing that whatever comes your way, you can approach it with joy. Surprised by Joy is living in the "now" and not later. 

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

A. I've been dancing the lead roles in Meditations, Surprised by Joy, and will start to learn Before the Vows soon. Also I've been under-studying Ripple Effect.

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. I'm challenged in some aspect of the movement quality due to having only received classical training. Contemporary movement can sometimes be difficult to learn but really enjoying the process of getting to do something completely different without losing the aspect of storytelling.  

Q. How do you relate to the work? 

A. Surprised by Joy really reminds me of Hope. It reminds me how present Hope is in our life.  

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. It's a joyful and thought-out story to look forward to. It will uplift you, inspire you and give you the right push to live each day with hope and determination in whatever you set yourself to do.