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.
"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