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The Beauty of Introspection

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

The Program

Ballet 5:8’s fall program is made up of three dynamic works that, though diverse, converge on a relatable theme: being human. The program’s first work is a world premiere by New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. And Mercy explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music.

The program’s second premiere, Mi Familia, is a flamenco-styled ballet is drawn from Artistic Director Julianna Slager’s own experiences growing up in a multi-racial family. The work celebrates the beauty of family and relationships that transcends racial and cultural differences. Finally, audience favorite The Four Seasons of the Soul will round out the program with its intense, poignant reflection on life expressed through the four seasons of nature. The neoclassical work is a beautiful, unforgettable experience that challenges us to see life through the lens of the bigger picture.


This performance is made possible in part by a generous gift from Mr. & Mrs. Walter Pilditch.

Performance Information


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


Tickets range from $12-$30 and are handled by the Athenaeum Theater Box Office. This performance's tickets include a discount for children, students, and seniors!

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 773-935-6875. Seating is reserved, so advance purchase is highly recommended. 

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. 

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