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. 

Compass
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Moody Bible Institute Solheim Center, Chicago, IL

Meditations
Saturday, April 14, 2018
New England Inspirational Dance Collective, Milford, NH

Compass Project NYC
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Actor's Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

Compass Project NYC
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Actor's Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

Scarlet
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Paramount Theatre, Anderson, IN

Scarlet
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Scarlet
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio, TX

Scarlet
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
NMSU Atkinson Hall, Las Cruces, NM

Scarlet
Saturday, March 3, 2018
South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

Scarlet
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, IL

Compass
Friday, November 10, 2017
Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL

Compass
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Devos Center for Arts and Worship, Grand Rapids, MI

Excerpts from All God's Children
7th Chicago International Dance Forum
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Studebaker Theater, Chicago, IL

Compass
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Scottish Rite Cathedral, Moline, IL

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Michigan Theater of Jackson, Jackson, MI

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Plays & Players Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Friday, March 31, 2017
Actor's Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, CO

Excerpts from The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Vivid Ballet Studios, Hartford, CT

The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, Denver, CO

Scarlet
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL

Scarlet
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL

Alice in Wonderland
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Girl Scouts, New Lenox, IL

Vespers
Sunday, December 18, 2017
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

Nutcracker
Saturday, December 17, 2017
Lincoln Way West High School, New Lenox, IL

Nutcracker
Saturday, December 10, 2017
Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, IL

Nutcracker
Monday, December 5, 2017
Inner City After School Program, Chicago, IL

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

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

Excerpts from Eden
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
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