Surprised by Joy: Christine Janak

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.

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Company Apprentice Christine Janak

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

Q. A thrilling series of sprightly jumps and whirlwind momentum in a kaleidoscope.

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

A. I am dancing in the corps de ballet.

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. The movement energetic and sometimes counter intuitive.

Q. How do you relate to the work? 

A. This piece reminds me of a roller coaster a bit, it's exciting but full of twists and turns.

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. Joy can come in so many shapes and sizes. I think the joy in this piece is rare and challenges many common conceptions. It's is quite liberating to watch.