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Scarlet | Elgin

  • Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way Elgin, IL, 60120 United States (map)


Ballet 5:8’s groundbreaking production Scarlet uses classical ballet and film to bring a story inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to life.

Scarlet features original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, film elements directed by choreographer and film producer Preston Miller, spoken word by Chicago-based artist Kylla Pate, and a score by American modernist composer Charles Ives. The full-length ballet follows the iconic Hester Prynne as she wrestles with her open guilt and grief in a judgmental society, while Reverend Dimmesdale suffers in silence with his secret sin and love. This classic story delves into the timeless struggles of hypocrisy, shame and ultimately, the hope of redemption.

Audience members at the Chicago premiere said: “Loved” — “well done” — “spectacular” — “brilliantly choreographed” 

Performance Information

Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 7:00pm
The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120

Content Advisory
Children are welcome at this performance, but the story does include mature topics that could be sensitive for families with younger children. Every family will approach this differently - feel free to give us a call if you'd like more information. 


  • Tickets can be purchased online via the link below or by calling 312-725-4752.
  • Standard tickets are $30 adults, $24 students and seniors, and $15 children and under. 
  • Gold Circle tickets are $40 adults, $34 students and seniors, and $25 children and under. 
  • Groups: adult tickets in groups of 10 or more are $27.


Directly after the performance, Ballet 5:8 warmly invites you to take part in a special Ballet 5:8 tradition: the Talk Back. During this interactive panel discussion, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and Ballet 5:8 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.