Performing History

Each season, we have the privilege of adding new performances to our history. Some performances grow into annual traditions that we return to year after year, but many others take place in new venues and cities, engage new audience members, and employ a mix of new and old repertoire as Ballet 5:8 continues to grow. Performances range from those that took place in traditional theaters to many nontraditional performances in gyms, on church stages, and even outdoors! We are privileged to be able to celebrate the memory of each of these distinct and varied performances here - and we look forward to adding more and more to the list with each performing season. 

Excerpts from The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Dance Chicago "Future Stars"
Ballet 5:8 Trainee II
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Atheneaum Theatre, Chicago, IL

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Dance Arts, Stevensville, MI

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Five Points Washington, Washington, IL

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Saturday, October 13, 2016
Taylor University, Upland, IN

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Friday, October 7, 2016 & Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL

Excerpts from The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Ballet 5:8 Trainee II
Saturday, October 1, 2016
The Beverly Arts Walk

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, IN

Out of the Dust
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, IN

Audience Architects Event
Excerpts from Eden
Friday, April 29, 2016 - Federal Plaza, Chicago

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
Excerpts from Eden
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab, Batavia, IL

Out of the Dust
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, Denver, CO

Eden
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - DanceArt Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - The Michigan Theater, Jackson, MI

Out of the Dust
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - The Michigan Theater, Jackson, MI

Mirrors of the Mind
Friday, March 11, 2016 - The Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander Theatre, Davenport, IA

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago

Out of the Dust
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago

Winter Gala | Audience Favorites
Friday, February 12 - Sunday, February 14, 2016
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, NM

Mirrors of the Mind
Friday & Saturday, February 5-6, 2016 - Madison Street Theatre, Oak Park, IL

Mi Familia and And Mercy
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Cindy Pritzker Theater, The Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago

Mi Familia Pilsen Premiere
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Contemporary Works
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Judson University, Elgin, IL

And Mercy and As We Pray
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Spring Hill Women's Conference, Evart, MI

Contemporary Works & Four Seasons of the Soul
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Gunter High School, Gunter, TX

Contemporary Works
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Crestwood Vineyard Church, Oklahoma City, OK

The Beauty of Introspection
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago

Excerpts from Four Seasons of the Soul and And Mercy
'Thank Dance It's Friday' by Audience Architects
Friday, September 4, 2015 - Pritzker Park, Chicago

Musings...Or Don't Take Yourself So Seriously
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Detroit Dance City Festival 

Sigao Ekklesia - Core Project Going Dutch Festival
Friday, June 26, 2015 - Chicago

Sigao Ekklesia at Voice of the City
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Mozart Park, Chicago

Musings...Or Don't Take Yourself So Seriously
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Cindy Pritzker Theater, The Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago

Excerpts from Belteshazzar and Four Seasons of the Soul
Friday, June 19, 2015 - Project Dance, Boll Family YMCA, Detroit, MI

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL
The creation and 2014-2015 performances of Belteshazzar were partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chicago Dance Month: Open Spaces
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Pritzker Park, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed Sigao Ekklesia as part of a performance titled "Thank Dance It's Friday" hosted by Audience Architects during Chicago Month 2015. 

Master's Dance Academy - The Story of Job: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Victory Christian Academy, Valparaiso, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed The Story of Job at a performance hosted by Valparaiso Christian dance school Master's Dance Academy.

The Story of Job: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Friday, April 10, 2015 - Heritage Christian Academy, Hopkinsville, KY

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, IN
The creation and 2014-2015 performances of Belteshazzar were partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Four Seasons of the Soul, Indwelling, and Sigao Ekklesia
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, IN

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Michigan Theater, Jackson, MI
The creation and 2014-2015 performances of Belteshazzar were partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Four Seasons of the Soul, Indwelling, and Sigao Ekklesia
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Michigan Theater, Jackson, MI

WORLD PREMIERE, Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
The creation and 2014-2015 performances of Belteshazzar were partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance Chicago 2014 - Musings...Or Don't Take Yourself So Seriously
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, IL

Dance Chicago 2014 - Four Seasons of the Soul
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed excerpts from Julianna Slager's Four Seasons of the Soul during the 2014 Dance Chicago Festival Choreography Showcase

[re]claimed - Semeiotic Gallery - Sigao Ekklesia
October, 2014 - First Free Evangelical Church, Chicago, I
Ballet 5:8 premiered Sigao Ekklesia and performed for three weekends as part of the Semeiotic Gallery, which runs during the annual Andersonville Arts Weekend festival. 

CHICAGO PREMIERE, Four Seasons of the Soul - The Story of Job: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL
This performance was made possible in part by the Ruth Page Subsidized Theater Rental Program.

WORLD PREMIERE, Four Seasons of the Soul - The Story of Job: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - The Nighswander Theater, Davenport, Iowa

The Story of Job: When Bad Things Happen to Good People - As We Pray
Friday, May 2, 2014 - Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Beverly/Morgan Park Community Choir - Commissioned Work
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - St. Cajetan Church, Chicago, IL

As We Pray
Friday, March 28 - St. Louis de Montfort School - Oak Lawn, IL

Spring Series 2014 - The Story of Job - Proverbs - Indwelling
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Spring Arbor University Auditorium, Spring Arbor, MI

As We Pray
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - First United Methodist Church, New Lenox, IL

Spring Series 2014 - The Story of Job - Proverbs - Indwelling
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL

As We Pray
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - First Free Evangelical Church, Chicago, IL

Spring Series 2014 - WORLD PREMIERE, The Story of Job - Proverbs - Indwelling
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, IN

As We Pray
Friday, January 31, 2014 - St. Damien School, Oak Forest, IL

Hanging of the Greens, Spring Arbor University - Commissioned Work
Friday, December 6, 2013 - Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI

Dance Chicago, New Moves - Life in Question
Friday, November 22, 2013 - Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed Julianna Slager's Life in Question during the 2013 Dance Chicago New Moves Showcase.

WORLD PREMIERE, As We Pray
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - St. Paul's Bible Church, Chicago, IL

Moody Bible Institute Missions Conference - Excerpts from As We Pray
October, 2013 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

DWELL - Semeiotic Gallery - Indwelling
October, 2013 - First Free Evangelical Church, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed  Indwelling as part of the Semeiotic Gallery, which runs during the annual Andersonville Arts Weekend festival. 

Beverly MOPS Banquet - Proverbs
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Chicago, IL

Minas: The Story of Three Servants, Proverbs
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Plymouth Place, LaGrange Park, IL

Life in Question
Friday, May 17, 2013 - Franklin Fine Arts Center and School, Chicago, IL

Vaudeville Roars
Wednesday, May 15, 2015 - Hairpin Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Minas: The Story of Three Servants
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

Minas: The Story of Three Servants
Friday, May 3, 2013 - Ballet 5:8 Studios

Minas: The Story of Three Servants
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Caring Community Church, Albion, MI

Doxa: To Worship
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Hillsdale, MI

Minas: The Story of Three Servants
Friday, April 26, 2013 - Academy of the Arts, Spring Arbor, MI

Minas: The Story of Three Servants, Doxa: To Worship
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Oak Lawn Bible Church, Oak Lawn, IL

Doxa: To Worship
Monday, February 25, 2013 - Downer's Grove Christian School, Downer's Grove, IL

Minas: The Story of Three Servants
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - St. Paul's Bible Church, Chicago, IL

Special Holiday Event
December, 2012 - Calvary Christian Church, Orland Park, IL

Special Holiday Event
December, 2012 - Hickory Creek Community Church, Frankfort, IL

Doxa: To Worship
Friday, November 9, 2012 - Ballet 5:8 Studios

Fine Arts Week, Wheaton Academy - Doxa: To Worship, Indwelling
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL

WORLD PREMIERE, Doxa: To Worship - Life in Question
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - St. Paul's Bible Church, Chicago, IL

Veiled - Semeiotic Gallery - Life in Question
October, 2012 - First Free Evangelical Church, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed Life in Question as part of the Semeiotic Gallery, which runs during the annual Andersonville Arts Weekend festival. 

Moody Bible Institute Missions Conference - Excerpts from Doxa: To Worship
October, 2012 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

Common Threads - Life in Question
September 8-9, 2012 - Links Hall, Chicago, IL
Ballet 5:8 performed Life in Question as part of the Common Threads showcase hosted by Tapestry Dance Chicago.

International Arts Festival - Life in Question
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL