Surprised by Joy: Laura Peterman

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 Apprentice Laura Peterman

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

A. Surprised by Joy has been challenging, intricate in its details, and fast-paced; but it has given us all a sense of accomplishment I think. It is a story of finding hope in the darkest and saddest of times.

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

A. I danced as one of the six members of the corps.

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. I think just how aerobic it is surprised me. It might look beautiful and calm onstage, but it can be a quite a challenge! One thing I'm also working on in this ballet is how to make fast, sharp movements and still have breath and calmness in them.

Q. How do you relate to the work? 

A. The corps represents the sense of joy that the lead character has found; I would like to be a source of joy and encouragement for people in my own life as well.

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. It's an exciting, classical-style ballet with a story of hope in the midst of despair, and it's part of an amazing program--why not see it?!