Chicago-based Ballet 5:8 celebrates ten seasons of breathtaking dance in their Harris Theater debut. Helmed by one of the few Latina Artistic Directors in the nation, Ballet 5:8 is known for fresh, explorative, and insightful ballets. A hidden gem of the southwest suburbs, Ballet 5:8 makes a glittering return to the stage, with stories inspired by and for the people of Chicago.
We are excited to present an evening of works choreographed and curated by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, with ballets inspired by Slager's Mexican-American heritage, famed artist Makoto Fujimura, and literary figures Sojourner Truth, C.S. Lewis, and Chicago's Gwendolyn Brooks. Poignant, uplifting, and insightful, each short work in the evening's performance will delight both the seasoned balletomane and the first-time audience member.
All God's Children | based on a poem by Sojourner Truth
Ripple Effect | an exploration of the reality of words
Four Seasons of the Soul (excerpts) | set to Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons
Gospel Impressions | inspired by the works of Makoto Fujimura
Día de Los Vivos | a tribute to Slager's Mexican heritage
Golden Sessions (excerpts) | inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves
The Mother | an interpretation of the poem by Pulitzer Prize author and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks
Todo Raba | a world premiere by Julianna Rubio Slager