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.
"Grace. Through all the beautiful and difficult moments of this season, God has clearly shown His grace upon us." - Beth Patterson
"I have definitely felt stretched this year! My comfort zone tends to stay centered around the classical ballet bubble, and The Space in Between was one of the best things to have pushed me outside of that! I learned that I could get over my nerves about working with a partner, and loved getting to experiment with more edgy contemporary choreography." - Laura Peterman
"For this past season I was challenged in many ways that helped me learn once again the importance of relying on God and his love rather than just pushing through solely on my own power. I definitely felt my stamina and strength was pushed this year past my comfort zone. In the course of The Space in Between program I had over 80 lifts which, although tiring, was a wonderful opportunity for growth.” - Sam Opsal