Surprised by Joy: Lorianne Barclay

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.

Solo Artist Lorianne Barclay

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

A. This ballet conveys a very deep and intimate aspect of joy that goes beyond emotions. 

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

A. In the fall I had the privilege of dancing the soloist female role of Surprised by Joy. This spring I am also learning one of the corps spots for when we tour.

Q. Describe the movement. Any surprises?

A. The movement is elegantly explosive. In many ways it comes as a surprise.

Q. How do you relate to the work?

A. In many ways the story of this ballet has been a lesson I am constantly learning in life. Surprised by Joy is so much deeper than circumstances. Lasting and fulfilling joy is based on where my security is found.

Q. Why see Surprised by Joy?

A. Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, Surprised by Joy will give you hope when the world would tell you otherwise.