Emma Elliott Dance's All of a Sudden reflects on the twists and turns of life. In the world we live in, life happens suddenly. Disaster strikes, leadership in our country changes, a child is born, a promotion is given, a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness; most life changing events feel as if they occur suddenly even if it is a change that we have been anticipating. When we feel as if we have nothing left, there is always hope and redemption.
All God's Children | Ballet 5:8
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.
Theta | Vivid Ballet
Vivid Ballet's Theta is inspired by a quote from C. S. Lewis: “In Christianity God is not a static thing… but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.”
Shades of Refrain | Ballet 5:8
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.
To the Least | Emma Elliott Dance
Emma Elliott's To the Least is a work about the homeless in New York City. There is an enormous amount of cultural tension in New York City as homeless individuals are constantly crying out for help whether it is on the street or in the subway. Every little thing you do makes a difference.
The Mother | Ballet 5:8
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.
Image of the Invisible | Vivid Ballet
Vivid Ballet's Image of the Invisible explores the themes of vitality, brokenness and reconciliation.
Strangers & Angels | Ballet 5:8
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.
Our Strength | Emma Elliott Dance
Emma Elliott Dance's Our Strength draws from the words of Psalm 28: "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."
"...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."