Surprised by Joy: Beth Patterson

Ballet 5:8's repertory 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. This winter and spring, we'll continue digging into this depth of experience as we check in with the dancers and hear about their experiences preparing for Stor(ies) behind the scenes.

Company Artist Beth Patterson

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

A. Surprised by Joy is a hopeful and uplifting piece even during times of great grief and distress. It gives the hopeful message that even when things seem irreparable and dreadful, there is always redemption and assurance to be found in God. 

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

A. I have been dancing the corp de ballet of Surprised by Joy. We are the little sparks of joy that surround someone when they are encapsulated by the joy of the Lord. 

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. Our movement is very energetic and spritely. We burst with energy and travel across the stage to portray how joy can rejuvenate. 

Q. How do you relate to the work? 

A. This piece and the message that it has it a great encourager for me and a wonderful reminder that in all situations you can find joy and peace through God.

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. Seeing Surprised by Joy will energize you and leave you feeling more positive.