All God's Children
Ballet 5:8's All God’s Children is a ballet based on a poem by Sojourner Truth. If God created all people, then He created every shade of skin color. This leaves little room for prejudice. The ballet approaches the issue of racial tension and diversity from a fresh perspective, through the lens of an imagined world.
Shades of Refrain
Ballet 5:8's Shades of Refrain is a modern day plunge into the deep of human emotion. The ballet peels back the layers of disguise and masquerade to reveal the naked human heart.
Ballet 5:8's The Mother is an interpretation of the poem by Pulitzer Prize author and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks. It’s a poem that stands face to face with regret and refuses to blink. It presses right into the pain and allows the abortion of decades past to come bubbling to the surface with sorrow, rage and haunting visions of what might have been.
Strangers and Angels
Ballet 5:8's Strangers and Angels is set in Ellis Island 1917 and 2017. Strangers pass under the shadow of Lady Liberty eager for a fresh start and filled with hope. The ballet traces the impact individuals have on our lives and how those impressions leave a legacy through the centuries. It is a look at hospitality and immigration in the shadow of a nation wrestling with its heritage and its future.
For 4501, Slager interviewed several former felons and traces a common theme throughout their stories. Alfredo’s story twists and turns as his lust for rebellion and unrestricted freedom entraps him within the rigid structure of imprisonment. In the loneliness of his cell, he discovers truth on behalf of us all. No one is the refuse of society. No one deserves to be cast aside. No one is beyond hope. There is One who walks with him in the depths of sorrow and offers Alfredo true freedom, even in chains.
Ballet 5:8, a professional performance company and 503-(c)-3 nonprofit organization, is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm. Our commitment is to the ongoing creation and performance of new works that explore thoughtful ideas and stories and ultimately connect audiences to breathtaking dance.
“I would describe it as a galaxy. Full of complex movements, lifts, turns, and broken lines in Grey Town but with moments of symmetry that bring harmony and joy like those in the movements in Heaven." - Lead Artist Antonio Rosario
“It has shown me on a visceral level how different it feels to be self-seeking and self-serving in the movement of Grey town and to be seeking and serving God in the scenes in Heaven." - Company Artist Beth Patterson
“The movement changes throughout the ballet depending on where we are. I've enjoyed creating and performing Grey Town, which is athletic and full of dynamic movement." - Lead Artist Brette Benedict