The Stor(ies) of You and Me: Lorianne Barclay

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 Lorianne Barclay

Q. How would you describe Caleb Mitchell's The Stor(ies) of You and Me?

A. This ballet unveils the “image" we put forth of ourselves and tells the stories that shape us as individuals. While each story is starkly different, each story pulls us together as a community.

Q. Describe your role. 

A. I am one of four dancers in this pice. My character deals with hurt that goes all the way back to her childhood. I don’t want to give too much of my “story” away. Come and see the ballet for yourself!!!

Q. Describe the movement.

A. The movement changes starkly over the course of the ballet starting off with very poised and polished steps and progressing into edgy and emotion driven movements. Halfway through the ballet the dancers change into pointe shoes where the movement reminds me of being tossed in the waves of the ocean. Finally, we arrive at the last section which feels like my legs are carrying me on clouds and our upper bodies trails behind as an after thought.

Q. What stood out to you about working with Mr. Mitchell?

A. His attention to precise detail and boldness to played in new movement styles.

Q. What is most challenging about the piece? Most relatable for you? 

A. Dancing in character shoes is a small challenge for a classical ballet dancer. But also striving to be an honest story teller as an artist in this field and not pretend the emotions that have been narrated into the piece.

Q. Why see The Stor(ies) of You and Me?

A. You can see yourself, your own story, told on stage in at least a small way and how each of us broken or damaged can hold one another up in community.