Compass is a collection of one-act ballets on navigating cultural tension with compassion.

Compass stretches across time and space to explore some of the most pressing topics in our country and in our cities today. At times witty and satirical, and at times deeply emotional, the program is full of athleticism, power and poetry.


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, Dancermusic.com


Music, painting, sculpture, dance are the media through which we share the stories that shape our hearts, explaining the unexplainable, conveying the inconceivable. In Strangers and Angels, Ballet 5:8 carefully arrange refugees’ longings and fears, torments and victories and gently impress them on our souls in a way that leaves us distinctly richer for the experience.”

-John Barcanic, Executive Director, World Relief Chicago


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 and Artists of the Company 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  Strangers & Angels  || Photo by Lana Kozol

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