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Julianna Rubio Slager’s world premiere The Space in Between is set on a bus ride between heaven and hell, a story inspired by C. S. Lewis’ novel The Great Divorce.

Also included in this program will be a re-creation of Slager’s Four Seasons of the Soul, a Ballet 5:8 audience favorite. Set to a new orchestration of Vivaldi’s dramatic score, Four Seasons of the Soul reflects on the seasons of life juxtaposed with the seasons of nature.

 

Performances

Grand Rapids, MI | October 6

Dayton, OH | October 13

Chicago, ILOctober 20 & 21

Fort Wayne, INNovember 3

Elgin, IL February 16

Anderson, IN | April 6

Des Moines, IA | April 13


 
 

You can join the conversation.

Following each performance, audience members are invited to attend a TalkBack panel discussion. During this informal Q&A, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and Artists of the Company about your experience during the performance. What did you see? What did the performance make you feel or think? What questions do you have? All comments and questions are welcome. 

 

In the Program

 
 
 

The Space in Between

In a grey town where the rain falls continuously, stands a man at a bus stop, on the brink of heaven and hell. This dreamlike place is the setting for Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s newest work The Space in Between. Drawing inspiration from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Space in Between explores the nature of eternity and the joy found on its shores. In Lewis’ work, Hell is not a place where a vengeful God tortures his victims, but a place “where the gates are locked from the inside.” Lewis writes, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

 
 
 
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Four Seasons of the Soul

A Ballet 5:8 audience favorite, Artistic Director Julianna Slager's poignant Four Seasons of the Soul will be re-created this fall after its initial 2014 premiere. Seasons explores how the turning of the seasons in nature parallels the recurring themes of human life. With vivid color and emotion, the work paints a moving picture of the soft innocence of youth, the impassioned zeal of adolescence, the celebrations and tragedies of adulthood, and the coming winter of life’s final chapter. Using a new orchestration of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Slager lets this classic work influence and inspire yet another generation as it strikes the deep chords of humanity and nature in harmony.  

 
 
 
 
 

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

 
 
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