The Mother: Laura Peterman

Ballet 5:8's fall program Compass premieres this October. Made up of four individual one-act ballets, one of the great things about Compass is its variety - both for the audience and the dancers! The works in Compass represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told, so there is truly something for everyone watching. Throughout this 2017/18 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Compass: Navigating Cultural Tension with Compassion.

Senior Apprentice Laura Peterman

Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr (left) rehearsing Shades of Refrain.

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

A. I have been dancing the part of one of the children.

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe The Mother?

A. The Mother has been difficult to rehearse, due to the very heavy and serious subject matter. It is a beautiful piece that can be painful to watch, but it is also a piece that will initiate a lot of discussion.

Q.  Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?

A. My role is danced entirely barefoot, which has been a fun change from what I normally do. The movement I do is very grounded and rooted to the floor, and finding that low feeling and contrasting it with moments of lightness is something I will always be working on finding. The emotional aspect of the piece has been the hardest, simply because it is so serious, painful, and heavy. 

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I enjoy being part of a work that might be controversial. In my opinion, good art inspires conversation and sparks discussion. This piece does that.

Q. Why see The Mother?

A. Challenge your thoughts and opinions; allow this piece to show you the heartbreaking story of one mother and her experiences. Bring up your questions during our Talk Back discussion panel post-performance. It’s a beautiful piece that we hope will inspire people to acts of compassion.