The 2019/20 Season includes three world premieres by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager
SLAGER’S WORK HAS BEEN CALLED…
“leaves us distinctly richer for the experience”
--John Barcanic, Executive Director, World Relief Chicago, on Ballet 5:8’s Compass
“spectacular and mature”
“effortless” adaptation of classic literature
-Kristian Jamie of March Magazine, San Antonio, on Ballet 5:8’s Scarlet
Inspired by “I Never Saw Another Butterfly"
“The various artworks left behind by this great woman and the children of Terezin are their legacy to the present, to all of us today. They demand that we continue in our quest for a society that truly treasures human life, transcending all differences of race, religion, politics and ideology….” -Tokyo Fuji Art Museum founder Daisaku Ikeda
During the Holocaust, the Nazi’s settled 140,000 Jews in the town of Terezin. Nazi proganda promoted it as a “spa town” where Jewish children and elderly could retire in safety away from the forced labor camps. The ghetto in Terezin existed for 3 ½ years and caused the death of 90% of its residents.
From the ashes of this hellscape, glimmers of hope emerge. A Jewish art teacher refuses to let the children of Terezin die without hope. She challenges her students to create art that speaks of their misery but also of the hope that lies within. As the residents of Terezin die of malnutrition and debilitating disease, one survivor collects these works of art to tell the story of human evil, suffering and resilience.