The Mother: Libby Dennen

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.

Company Apprentice Libby Dennen

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

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

A. I play one of the three children.

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

A. It's heart wrenching. It goes to a place so deep and so painful that it's almost hard to watch. And yet you can't take your eyes off it. It's hauntingly beautiful. 

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

A. For the children, a lot of the steps are actually pretty simple. The hard part is giving those steps a lifeless life. In the piece, these children are memories that don't get to be remembered. It's a hard part to play, but I think it's an important one. 

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. It's rawness. 

Q. Why see The Mother?

A. Because it's real, and it's raw, and it's relevant. It tackles a current issue without telling people what they should think about it.