This innovative full length ballet - inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter - is a hybrid work that uses both film and dance to portray a deeply emotional story. Premiered in March, 2017 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
Surprised by Joy
Julianna Slager's Surprised by Joy, inspired by the poem by William Wordsworth, looks at the kind of joy that can be experienced even in the midst of tragedy, loss, disappointment and pain.
The Stor(ies) of You and Me
Choreographed by former Houston Ballet dancer Caleb Mitchell, The Stor(ies) of You and Me considers the many stories that shape our story and make us who we are.
Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale
Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale is a full-length story ballet in three acts, created by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager in 2015 to bring an old, familiar and yet relevant story to life in the form of classical ballet.
Musings, a comical work about the love of dance, is a chance for the dancers to show their witty side and a chance for you to join us in a good laugh.
Ballet 5:8, a professional performance company and 503-(c)-3 nonprofit organization, is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm. Our commitment is to the ongoing creation and performance of new works that explore thoughtful ideas and stories and ultimately connect audiences to breathtaking dance.
“I would describe it as a galaxy. Full of complex movements, lifts, turns, and broken lines in Grey Town but with moments of symmetry that bring harmony and joy like those in the movements in Heaven." - Lead Artist Antonio Rosario
“It has shown me on a visceral level how different it feels to be self-seeking and self-serving in the movement of Grey town and to be seeking and serving God in the scenes in Heaven." - Company Artist Beth Patterson
“The movement changes throughout the ballet depending on where we are. I've enjoyed creating and performing Grey Town, which is athletic and full of dynamic movement." - Lead Artist Brette Benedict