Surprised by Joy: Lauren Ader-Cumpston

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. 

Lead Company Artist Lauren Ader-Cumpston

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

A. Surprised by Joy tells the story of a man who has lost someone very dear to him - at first, she is a bitter-sweet memory to him as he deals with the pain of loosing her. However, Joy finds her way into the grief and, as suggested by the title, the main character is surprised at the joy he has found in spite of this great loss. It is a story of hope in the midst of tragedy.

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

A. I am dancing the role of the main characters wife, who has passed away.

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. The movement is neoclassical in style. Julianna always seems to surprise us with something new in her choreography! Surprised by Joy is no different.

Q. How do you relate to the work? 

A. I have not experienced a truly great loss in my life, but I have experienced dark and low times. I have in many instances, found myself truly amazed by the genuine joy that I can experience in these moments because of God's presence and his comfort.

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. Surprised by Joy is a dynamic piece of choreography, it is beautiful to watch, and it explores loss and tragedy in a way that it is not often explored.