In 4501, Julianna Rubio Slager seeks to narrow the focus to the humanity of a single prisoner, Alfredo Garcia. For this piece, Slager interviewed several former felons and traces a common theme throughout their stories.
The Space in Between
In 2018 premiere The Space in Between, Ballet 5:8’s Artistic Director Julianna Slager draws inspiration from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, exploring the nature of eternity and the joy found on its shores.
Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager's 2016 premiere Meditations uses light and movement to contemplate experience and perspective.
Ripple Effect is an intensely physical and emotional work by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager that uses movement to explore and reflect the reality of words: they may seem very small, but their impact echoes.
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.
And Mercy is a work created especially for Ballet 5:8 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
Sigao Ekklesia presents a challenging shift in perspective, technically, artistically, intellectually and emotionally from the company’s largely neoclassical repertoire. The beauty of the thing is that Sigao challenges our perspective with captivating results.
As We Pray
As We Pray is a contemporary ballet inspired by our human need – seemingly rooted in the very the depths of our souls – to reach up and be in communication with God. In the ballet, the choreography of Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager takes us through living, moving, emotion-filled pictures of many different kinds prayer.
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.
"Grace. Through all the beautiful and difficult moments of this season, God has clearly shown His grace upon us." - Beth Patterson
"I have definitely felt stretched this year! My comfort zone tends to stay centered around the classical ballet bubble, and The Space in Between was one of the best things to have pushed me outside of that! I learned that I could get over my nerves about working with a partner, and loved getting to experiment with more edgy contemporary choreography." - Laura Peterman
"For this past season I was challenged in many ways that helped me learn once again the importance of relying on God and his love rather than just pushing through solely on my own power. I definitely felt my stamina and strength was pushed this year past my comfort zone. In the course of The Space in Between program I had over 80 lifts which, although tiring, was a wonderful opportunity for growth.” - Sam Opsal