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  • Athenaeum Theater 2936 N. Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657 (map)

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 Times

Saturday, March 18, 2016 | 7:30PM
Sunday, March 19, 2016 | 2:00PM


This performance will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL. Parking is available on nearby streets and in some parking lots; fees may apply. Please visit the Athenaeum's website here for additional parking information and driving directions. 


Due to the mature topics addressed in the production, Scarlet is recommended.for ages 13 and older. Mature elements are portrayed respectfully and appropriately, so younger audience members may also attend, but parental discretion is encouraged.

Adult tickets are $35 and are handled by the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office (a $2/ticket Theater Restoration fee applies). Discounts are available for children, students, and seniors.

To purchase, call 773-935-6875 or click below.

Talk Back

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 informal event, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and Ballet 5:8 Company Artists 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. 

Earlier Event: February 3
Seen & Unseen, Known & Unknown
Later Event: March 19