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.
Solo Artist Laura Schlatter
Q. How would you describe Caleb Mitchell's The Stor(ies) of You and Me?
A. As prideful people we can put on this persona that we have life perfectly together; cool and collected. Underneath the surface we all have struggles we go through, and it's the people we surround ourselves with that keep us in check. This piece shows every level of emotion we can go through in our lives and with how we relate to other people. The emotion is found not in our facial reaction, but in our movement.
Q. Describe your role.
A. My character lost her entire family in Hurricane Katrina. She suffers with the fact that she wasn't there; she needed to be with her family. She has to find a hope through her desperation.
Q. Describe the movement.
A. Each of the three sections has a different style; starting in character shoes - kind of elegant yet quirky, and ending in pointe shoes - organic and smooth. However, one quintessential aspect binds them all. You'll have to watch the piece to find out what that one thing is.
Q. What stood out to you about working with Mr. Mitchell?
A. Caleb had very specific details in mind when he choreographed his movement. If you didn't get it right the first time, he would meticulously talk you through it until it made sense to your body. I appreciate that thoughtfulness in choreographers because so often we as individuals can get caught up in our own bubble of how things should work; how we should move. But when we allow someone else's ideas into our bubble it stretches us and makes us more adaptable to change.
Q. What is most challenging about the piece?
A. There is no slacking in this piece! If you're not using your entire body every time you perform it, you're not doing it right!
Q. Why see The Stor(ies) of You and Me?
A. The entire evening will be performed with fullness and enthusiasm; each of us showing vulnerability and strength. You will be uncomfortable and you will be dazzled. You will have the opportunity to take many journeys with us and feel the things we feel. Come and experience.