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.
Four Seasons of the Soul
An audience favorite, The Four Seasons of the Soul is an 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 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.
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.
Before the Vows
Julianna Slager's Before the Vows looks at the sweetness and pure beauty of romance.
Eden is a neoclassical ballet that reflects on the story of creation as set in motion by the Master Creator, painting a living, moving picture of the first seven days of the existence of our world.
Something of a sequel to Julianna Slager's 2014 work Indwelling, Interplay presents a formidable exploration of the human imagination. The works two main characters, Wisdom and Folly, embody an ongoing debate within the mind and imagination. Exploring concepts drawn from the book of Proverbs and employing an angular, geometric movement style, Interplay is a captivating duel of movement, ideas and emotion.
The Story of Job
The Story of Job is a two-act neoclassical ballet that asks the question, "why does God allow bad things happen to good people?"
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