The Compass Project is an evening of dance that reflects on the challenges of navigating current issues and cultural tension with compassion.

A portion of each Compass Project Chicago ticket purchased will be donated to World Relief.

Saturday, April 28

Moody Bible Institute - Solheim Center

Ballet 5:8's The Compass Project is a collection of four original ballets that stretch across time and space to explore some of the most pressing topics in our country and in our cities today. The goal of The Compass Project is to use innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance as a means to inspire conversation on these difficult topics - through the lens of compassion.

World Relief is a worldwide nonprofit organization with local offices in Chicago and Aurora, IL. World Relief stands with refugees and immigrants and partners with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transform lives and build sustainable communities.

Ballet 5:8 and World Relief are both nonprofit organizations.



"Strangers and Angels draws a parallel between Armenian refugees who arrived in the U.S. in 1917, and Syrian refugees in the present day. The ballet beckons you to put yourself in a refugee’s shoes and consider what it would be like if you were forced to flee your home. The piece also challenges the assumptions we make about who refugees are and what they are like. By the end of Strangers and Angels, audience members will probably realize that they have much more in common with today’s refugees than they originally thought."

"This piece connects directly with the work we do at World Relief because every day we ask our volunteers and partner churches to put themselves in refugees’ shoes by meeting them, listening to their stories, and learning from their experiences." 

-Tabitha McDuffee on Ballet 5:8's partnership with World Relief for Compass Project


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."

- Kristi Licera,


You can join the conversation.

Following each performance, audience members are invited to attend a TalkBack panel discussion. During this informal Q&A, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, Ballet 5:8 Artists of the Company, and World Relief staff members about your experience during the performance. What did you see? What did the performance make you feel or think? What questions do you have? All comments and questions are welcome. 

  REhearsal for  The Mother      || Photo by Lana Kozol

REhearsal for The Mother  || Photo by Lana Kozol

 Rehearsal for  Strangers & Angels    || Photo by Lana Kozol

Rehearsal for Strangers & Angels || Photo by Lana Kozol


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