Ballet 5:8’s Compass features four one-act ballets inspired by the challenges of navigating cultural tension in the present day.
From an alien society to 1970’s Chicago, Compass stretches across time and space to explore some of our country’s most pressing topics. At times witty and satirical, and at times deeply emotional, Compass is full of athleticism, power and poetry.
Friday Feb. 2 | Saturday Feb. 3
Trinity Christian College | Palos Heights, IL
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Following each performance, audience members are invited to attend a TalkBack panel discussion with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and artists of the company.
In the Program
"...when these charged topics are approached through Julianna’s choreographic lens of compassion, it is clear that the purpose of the program is not political at all. Its true purpose is to inspire empathy and kindness, and all artists involved in Compass deserve congratulations for successfully emoting and delivering this message with grace."
"Ballet 5:8 is an imaginative, hard-working group of artists with some very carefully thought out ideas."
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"I really enjoy the second half of the ballet which we perform in keds. It was a fun challenge to take on learning how to move in a different shoe and in a much more contemporary style than we typically use." - Solo Artist Lorianne Barclay
"The movement is a lot more contemporary and was created very organically in the studio. It's a pleasure to work with Julianna as she explores new movement and choreography!" - Lead Artist Brette Benedict
"Strangers and Angels has a unparalleled approach in how it tells its story - there is mime involved, contortion of the body, and intense and unexpected movements... This work is raw in it’s storytelling and it doesn’t hold back." - Solo Artist Antonio Rosario
"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." - Company Apprentice Libby Dennen
"I love playing with the musicality in the work, exploring depth of character and meaningful movement in the process. It has also been fascinating to watch each culture's traits become more pronounced, creating striking contrasts within the ballet. " - Company Apprentice Emily Ratkos
"I enjoy very much the freedom that the choreography has. It allows the artist to take risks in the movement and in the musicality of the dance. " - Solo Artist Antonio Rosario
"Just as the book of Psalms has a song for every season, Shades of Refrain will touch you wherever you are; mountain high or valley low." - Solo Artist Lorianne Barclay
"Shades of Refrain is an extremely thoughtful piece that through movement captures the deepest emotions we as human beings experience. It takes you through a journey of joy, sorrow, peace, pain, and ultimately to the hope and awe..." - Company Apprentice Jessica Lohr