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Scarlet | Peoria

  • Illinois Central College 1 College Drive East Peoria, IL, 61635 United States (map)

"The source material for Scarlet — familiar to so many Americans — makes this ballet accessible, and new audiences will clearly recognize that while some of us must wear a badge of shame, everyone's petticoats are scarlet."

-Jeffrey Pierce, The Elgin Review

Ballet 5:8’s groundbreaking production 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.

Performance Information

Performance includes guest dancers from Central Illinois Ballet!

Performance includes guest dancers from Central Illinois Ballet!

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 7:00pm
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635

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.
  • Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children 12 and under.
  • Groups: adult ticket purchases of 10 or more are $22. 


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. 

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